North Yorkshire is in a national lockdown. We must now stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

We must now urgently follow the restrictions to limit the spread and save lives here in North Yorkshire.

When you can leave home

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes:

  • Work - you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home.
  • Volunteering - you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.
  • Essential activities - you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating.
  • Education and childcare - You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children where they are eligible to attend.
  • Meeting others and care - You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one), to provide informal childcare for children under 14 as part of a childcare bubble, or for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child.
  • Exercise - You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You should maintain social distancing.
  • Medical reasons - You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a Covid-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.
  • Harm and compassionate visits - you can leave home to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse). You can also leave home to visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment.
  • Animal welfare reasons – you can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment.
  • Communal worship and life events - You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship. Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, and weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.

Exercising and meeting other people

You should minimise time spent outside your home.

It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should exercise in your own town or village and reduce car journeys.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools, must close.

Find out more about exercising and meeting other people.

Going to work

You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.

Where people cannot work from home they should continue to travel to their workplace.

Find out more about going to work.

Travel

If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.

Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble.

If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance.

Staying away from home overnight

You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.

Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law, including where guests are unable to return to their main residence.

Find out more about travel.

School, college and university

Colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

University students who are undertaking training and study for courses listed on GOV.UK should return to face to face learning as planned and be tested twice, upon arrival or self-isolate for ten days. Students who do not study these courses should remain where they are wherever possible, and start their term online, until at least Mid-February.

Find out more about school, college and university.

Childcare

Parents and carers can continue to access childcare using:

  • early years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open
  • vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
  • parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14.
  • some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble
  • nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home

Find out more about childcare.

Care home visits

Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak.

Find out more about care home visits.

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals are allowed with strict limits on attendance, and must only take place in Covid-19 secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.

Find out more about weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals.

Places of worship

You can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times.

Find out more about places of worship.

Sports and physical activity

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

Find out more about sports and physical activity.

Moving home

You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.

Find out more about moving home.

Businesses and venues

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services.

iew the full list of businesses required to close.

 

Tier 1 medium, Tier 2 high, Tier 3 very high and Tier 4 stay at home Covid alert level restrictions

North Yorkshire is currently under the national lockdown. More information about the restrictions for other possible future Covid alert level tiers is as follows:

Social contact

Maximum of six indoors or outdoors, apart from with members of a single household or support bubble.

Read more about social contact.

Weddings and funerals

15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships, wedding receptions and wakes; 30 for funerals.

Read more about weddings and funerals

Overnight stays

Permitted with household, support bubble, or up to 6 people.

Read more about overnight stays

Working from home

Everyone who can work from home should do so.

Shopping and retail

Shopping and retail is open.

Indoor leisure

Open

Accommodation

Open

Personal care

Open

Entertainment

Open

Hospitality

Venues must be table service only. They must stop taking orders at 10pm and must close by 11pm. Nightclubs are closed.

Read more about hospitality venues.

Entertainment and tourist attractions

Venues are open, except nightclubs and adult entertainment.

Read more about entertainment and tourist attractions.

Education

Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open. Childcare, other supervised activities for children, and childcare bubbles permitted.

Residential care

Find out more about care home visits.

Travel and transport

Walk or cycle if possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Avoid car sharing with those outside of your household or support bubble. Avoid travelling into a Tier 3 area, other than where necessary such as for work or education.

Read more about travel and transport.

Sport and exercise

Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but must follow the rule of six indoors. Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue.

Read more about sport and exercise.

Places of worship

Open, but cannot interact with more than six people.

Read more about places of worship.

Childcare

Registered and wraparound childcare is open. Supervised activities are permitted in private homes. Children's groups are permitted. Childcare bubbles for under 14s.

Large events

Sport, live performances and business meetings limited to 50% capacity or 4000 people outdoors (whichever is lower) and 50% capacity or 1000 people indoors (whichever is lower)

Read more about large events.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Read guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Social contact

No mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six outdoors.

Read more about social contact.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes  or stonesettings.

Read more about weddings and funerals

Overnight stays

Overnight stays are Permitted with household or support bubble.

Read more about overnight stays

Working from home

Everyone who can work from home should do so.

Shopping and retail

Shopping and retail is open.

Indoor leisure

Open

Accommodation

Open

Personal care

Open

Entertainment

Open

Hospitality

Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Venues must stop taking orders at 10pm and must close by 11pm. Nightclubs are closed.

Read more about hospitality venues.

Entertainment and tourist attractions

Venues are open, except nightclubs and adult entertainment.

Read more about entertainment and tourist attractions.

Education

Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities are open. Childcare, other supervised activities for children, and childcare bubbles permitted.

Residential care

Find out more about care home visits.

Travel and transport

Reduce the number of journeys you make and walk or cycle if possible. Avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Avoid car sharing with those outside of your household or support bubble.

You must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.

Read more about travel and transport.

Sport and exercise

Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but cannot take place indoors if there is any interaction between people from different households. Organised activities for elite athletes, under18s and disabled people can continue.

Read more about sport and exercise.

Places of worship

Open, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.

Read more about places of worship.

Childcare

Registered and wraparound childcare is open. Supervised activities are permitted in private homes. Children's groups are permitted. Childcare bubbles for under 14s.

Large events

Sport, live performances and business meetings limited to 50% capacity or 2000 people outdoors (whichever is lower) and 50% capacity or 1000 people indoors (whichever is lower).

Read more about large events.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Read guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

 

 

Social contact

No mixing of households indoors, or most outdoor places, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six in some outdoor public spaces (e.g. parks, public gardens).

Read more about social contact.

Weddings and funerals

15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships and wakes; 30 for funerals. Wedding receptions not permitted.

Read more about weddings and funerals

Overnight stays

We advise against overnight stays other than with household or support bubble.

Read more about overnight stays

Working from home

Everyone who can work from home should do so.

Shopping and retail

Shopping and retail is open.

Indoor leisure

Open. Group activities and classes should not take place.

Accommodation

Closed (with limited exceptions)

Personal care

Open

Entertainment

Indoor venues closed.

Hospitality

Hospitality is closed, with the exception of sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery.

Read more about hospitality venues.

Entertainment and tourist attractions

Indoor venues closed.

Read more about entertainment and tourist attractions.

Education

Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open. Childcare, other supervised activities for children, and childcare bubbles permitted.

Residential care

Find out more about care home visits.

Travel and transport

Avoid travelling outside your area, other than where necessary such as for work or education. Further exemptions apply. Reduce the number of journeys where possible. Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Avoid car sharing with those outside of your household or support bubble.

Read more about travel and transport.

Sport and exercise

Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but people should avoid higher-risk contact activity. Group exercise activities and sports indoors should not take place, unless with your household or bubble. Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue.

Read more about sport and exercise.

Places of worship

Open, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.

Read more about places of worship.

Childcare

Registered and wraparound childcare is open. Supervised activities are permitted in private homes. Children's groups are permitted. Childcare bubbles for under 14s.

Large events

Events should not take place. Drive-in events permitted.

Read more about large events.

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Read guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

You must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. A reasonable excuse includes:

Work and volunteering

You can leave home for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home, including if your job involves working in other people’s homes.

Essential activities

You can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services from a business which is permitted to open, but you should stay local.

You may also leave home to fulfil legal obligations, or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a residential property, or where it is reasonably necessary for voting in an election or referendum.

Education and childcare

You can leave home for education related to the formal curriculum or training, registered childcare, under-18 sport and physical activity, and supervised activities for children that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work, Parents can still take their children to school, and people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles.

Meeting others and care

1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it.

You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble, or to provide informal childcare for children aged 13 and under as part of a childcare bubble, to provide care for vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, attend a support group (of up to 15 people), or for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked after child.

Exercise and recreation

People can also exercise outdoors or visit some public outdoor places, such as parks, the countryside accessible to the public, public gardens or outdoor sports facilities. You can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in a public outdoor place with your household, support bubble, or with one other person if you maintain social distancing. You should follow the guidance on meeting others safely.

Medical reasons, harm and compassionate visits

You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a Covid-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies, to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse),or for animal welfare reasons.

You can also leave home to visit someone who is dying or someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, or hospital, or to accompany them to a medical appointment.

If you are planning to visit, or accompany someone to, a care home, hospice, hospital or other healthcare setting, you should check that this is permitted by the facility.

Communal worship and life events

You can leave home to attend or visit:

  • a place of worship for communal worship
  • a funeral or event related to a death
  • a burial ground or a remembrance garden
  • a wedding ceremony

However, weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers.

Meeting others safely

In general, you must not meet socially or carry out any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.

You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.

Children under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care are not counted towards the outdoors gatherings limit.

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • outdoor sports courts and facilities
  • playgrounds

You cannot meet people in a private garden, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport, unless you are exempt. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

See further information about tier 4: stay at home.