Can I travel in the lockdown areas?
You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to, the Government advises you to:
Share the transport with the same people each time. Keep to small groups of people at any one time Open windows for ventilation Travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them. Face away from each other. Consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle. Clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch. Ask the driver and passengers to wear a face mask.
Can I visit my family in one of the lockdown areas?
If you are in a Tier 2, or high alert, area, then you cannot meet other households in any indoor setting. However, you can meet other households outdoors and in private gardens providing that the rule of six is followed.
People living in the Tier 3 lockdown zones must not meet anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The “Rule of Six” applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches
Should I shield?
Millions of people who shielded during first lockdown will not be told to stay home this time, as health officials admit policy caused “harm” and “left people feeling imprisoned”.
But more than 2 million people who are considered “clinically extremely vulnerable” will be told to take practical steps to reduce exposure to the virus – such as only meeting others outdoors if possible.
Read more: Covid shielding: The latest government advice for vulnerable people, explained