11:42AM, Wednesday 04 November 2020
Mask wearers/COVID signs in the town centre. Theres a possible increase to tier 2. High St, Maidenhead
UPDATE: This article incorrectly stated that services that provide food to the homeless will be closing under the second lockdown. We are happy to clarify that these services will be excluded from the restrictions and will remain open. We apologise for the error.
Following an announcement from the Prime Minister at the weekend, MPs will vote later today (Wednesday) on whether the country will enter a second, month-long, lockdown.
If the plan is voted through, new restrictions will be in place starting tomorrow (Thursday) until Wednesday, December 2.
The tighter restrictions will mean there are only a limited number of reasons for people to leave their homes, and many 'non-essential' businesses will close down completely to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Leaving the home:
People may not leave their homes without a 'reasonable excuse'. This includes going to work, school, exercise or recreation outdoors, places of worship, buying, selling or renting homes, visiting waste disposal and recycling sites, and accessing critical services like social care.
Households cannot mix indoors or in private gardens unless they are in a support bubble together, but you can meet one other person outside your household/bubble outdoors. Carers and children under the age of five are not counted.
Schools, colleges, universities and nurseries will stay open.
Businesses that can remain open:
Businesses that will close:
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