National restrictions from 5 November

The aim of the restrictions is to reduce the transmission of coronavirus and protect the NHS.

We ask you to show the Spirit of Salford and again:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Generally avoid meeting people you do not live with

In summary:

  • Certain businesses must close
  • Schools, colleges and universities can stay open
  • People can continue to travel to work if they can’t work at home

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. Below are some of the key points and full details are available on the GOV.UK website.

Stay at home

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • Work purposes, or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where you can’t do this from home
  • Shopping or collection of groceries and other essential items, banking/collecting money and accessing public and health services
  • Carrying out legal obligations
  • Activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a property
  • Education or training, including schools and colleges
  • Registered childcare and children’s activities that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work
  • Taking children to school, or continuing existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart
  • Visiting people in your support or childcare bubble
  • Providing care for vulnerable people or emergency assistance
  • Attending a place of worship for individual prayer, a funeral or a related event for someone who has died, to visit a burial ground or a remembrance garden

Meeting others

In general, you must not meet people socially.

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:

  • the people you live with
  • in addition your support bubble
  • Or one person from another household (two people total). Children under 5, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside

Outdoor public places include:

  • neighbourhood streets, parks and the countryside
  • public gardens and grounds
  • allotments
  • outdoor playgrounds

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

Businesses and venues which must close

The following must close:

  • Non-essential retail, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. Click and collect and delivery services can continue.
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs etc with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (after 5am and before 10pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery (after 10pm and before 5am)
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites for leisure but they may remain open in limited circumstances such as where they are someone’s main residence.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, golf courses and fitness studios.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries. Note: outdoor grounds of some venues can stay open.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Other services such as tattoo parlours and piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other people’s homes
  • Community centres must also close except for a limited number of exempt activities.

Businesses and venues which can remain open

The following can stay open:

  • Essential retail
  • Petrol stations, car repair and MOT services and taxi and vehicle hire
  • Banks, building societies and post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Outdoor playgrounds

The majority of public services will continue and you will be able to leave home to visit them.

Going to work

To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people can’t - including people who work in construction, or manufacturing - they should continue to go to their workplace.

Where it is necessary to work in other people’s homes - for example, for nannies, cleaners or tradespeople - you can do so.


If you live in England, you can’t travel overseas or within the UK other than for purposes contained in the regulations.

If you need to travel we encourage you to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

You should not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace

Overnight stays and holidays away from your home are not allowed including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. Please see GOV.UK for exemptions.

Rate this page