Last updated: Friday 6th November 2020
From Thursday 5th November, national restrictions apply. The number of cases in Broadland remains relatively low, but across the county as a whole infections are rising steeply, with a tenfold increase in admissions at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital during October. In order to ensure the NHS can continue to provide effective care to those who need it, it has now become necessary to accept a lockdown here.
You must stay at home, except for:
- Work and volunteering: you can leave home for work purposes, or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where you cannot do this from home.
- Essential activities: you can leave home to buy things at shops which are open, for instance food and medicine, or to collect any items - including food or drink - ordered through click and collect or as a takeaway, to obtain or deposit money, or to access critical public services.
- Fulfilling legal obligations: you may also leave home to fulfil legal obligations, or to carry out activities relating to buying, selling, letting, or renting a property.
- Education and childcare: you can leave home for education (formal provision, rather than extracurricular classes such as music or drama tuition), training, registered childcare and children's activities that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work, seek work, or undertake education or training. Parents can still take their children to school, and people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart.
- Meeting others and care: you can leave home to visit people in your support bubble, or to provide informal childcare for children 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 receive respite care. People can also exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place.
- Events: You can leave home to attend 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, or to attend a deathbed wedding. A full list of what is allowed can be found in the regulations.
Meeting Others Safely
In general, you must not meet people socially. However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space 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.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.
You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:
- the people you live with
- your support bubble
- or, when on your own, 1 person from another household. 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
There is further guidance on what exercise and other physical activity can continue during the period of national restrictions.
Outdoor public places include:
- neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
- public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- outdoor playgrounds
You cannot meet people in a private garden, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.
Face coverings are required by law to be worn in many indoor settings, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport.
For further information, click on the following links:
- Where and when you can meet in larger groups
- Businesses and venues
- Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals
- Going to work
- Education, school, college and university
- Childcare and children's activities
- Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus
- Visiting relatives in care homes
- Staying away from home overnight
- Moving home
- Financial support
The government has extended the furlough scheme to March: further details here.
The self-employment grant scheme has also been extended: further details here.
Details of payments available to those who have been requested to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace can be found here.
Latest Advice from the Government
You can search for guidance and sources of support here.
The government's Business Support Finder gives advice as to the various support packages available to businesses and self-employed people.
If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus service. Please click here for the Government's stay at home advice and here for more general information. If you receive a letter regarding an extremely vulnerable person or are caring for someone who has, you can register for further support here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 028 8327, the government’s new dedicated helpline.
Broadland District Council: If you need help from Broadland District Council (e.g. someone to do your shopping or collect, or want to volunteer to help those in self-isolation, use this link: https://www.broadland.gov.uk/coronavirus or telephone 01508 533933.
North Norfolk District Council: North Norfolk District Council has an online page with contact details and advice: https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/news/2020/march/public-access-to-offices-restricted/. NNDC has a coronavirus hotline on 01263 516000.
Norfolk County Council: For the latest health advice and information about disruptions to services and events, including school closures from Norfolk County Council please use the following link: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/care-support-and-health/health-and-wellbeing/adults-health/coronavirus
Adult social care: A 24-hour number 0344 800 8020 is operational for anyone with individual concerns. Further information on the advice to care providers is on the NCC website here.