Detailed guidance on the national lockdown 2021
Who this guidance is for
This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should not attend work, school, college or university, and limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown
You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. 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 in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. 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
You cannot 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).
You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
The NHS is rolling out a national vaccination programme for COVID-19. For more information on the covid vaccination and planned priority groups to receive the vaccination please click on the following link :
Support during COVID-19
Many organisations and community groups in Milton Keynes are working hard to make sure that residents have the support they need during this challenging time.
Ways to help your community during the COVID-19 outbreak
Times like these emphasise the need for us to reach out to those in our communities who may need the extra help.
Changes to services
In line with the government guidance around COVID-19, services and support groups are being required to change the way they are operating during this period, and many events are unfortunately being postponed.
Share your experiences with us
During this very challenging time, it is more important than ever that you share your experiences of health and social care services, so that lessons can be learned for the future.
During this period many services have been required to put in place new systems and innovative ways of working. It is possible that some of these new systems may have value even in less challenging times. Equally, you may have faced a situation where new ways of working as a result of COVID-19, have not met your needs, and you may have suggestions for how this could be improved.
Whether your experience has been positive or negative, we want to hear from you.
Members of some communities are experiencing acts of racism, discrimination and verbal abuse with the outbreak of the virus. Covid-19 does not discriminate and the containment or spread of the virus is not based on ethnicity.