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A new national lockdown is now in place across England. You must stay at home and follow the national rules and restrictions. Find out what this means and what rules to follow at Case numbers locally and nationally continue to rise significantly and the government considers this to be the only way to protect the NHS and bring the virus back under control. 

You must act now to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and help us get out of national restrictions.

Stay at home except for specific reasons

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific reasons.You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work

The virus doesn’t move, people move it. The more people you interact with, the higher the chance of spreading coronavirus between households. By staying at home as much as possible we can reduce the number of people we pass the virus to.

‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and for 20 seconds
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

Other things to remember 

  • Do not leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
  • Only exercise in a public outdoor space by yourself, with the people in your household, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.

Please do not assume that you are safe if you, or people in your household, are not exhibiting any clear symptoms 

People who catch coronavirus may have either very mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all. This means you could have the virus without knowing it and pass it on to someone who could become very seriously ill or even die.

If you, or any member of your household exhibits any symptoms or you become aware of someone who has visited your household recently who has tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms, the whole household must self-isolate for 14 days and call the NHS to arrange for a test immediately.

When self-isolating:  

  • Do not leave your home
  • Do not allow others into your home
  • Do not go to work
  • Do not send children to school
  • Do not spread the virus.

Financial support is available to help you during a period of self-isolation. This can include a Test & Trace Support payment of £500. Read more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Whether or not you meet the criteria set by Government, there is help available for those facing financial difficulty or needing support. The Suffolk Advice and Support Service helps people across the county access information or support relating to debt, benefits, housing or employment. You can contact the service on 0800 068 3131 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday or visit Suffolk Advice and Support Service.

If we keep following the guidance, we will reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Ipswich needs you to act now and follow the rules.

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000