On 4 January 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a return to national lockdown measures, instructing the public to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Under the new national measures everyone is only allowed to leave home for specific reasons such as buying food, for medical assistance, exercise once a day, or in exceptional circumstances to avoid harm such as escaping from domestic abuse.
Everyone is urged to work from home unless they cannot do so because of the nature of their work, such as key workers in the care sector.
Additionally, colleges and all schools (primary/lower/middle/secondary and upper) in Central Bedfordshire 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 and it is expected that free school meal provision will continue.
The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) are advised to shield again. All CEV will receive a letter from the Government to update them on the latest shielding advice.
The Prime Minister also said his expectation that by mid February, he was hopeful that the top priority groups will have been vaccinated, including:
- Care home residents and care staff
- NHS front line workers
- Those aged 70 and above
- Others who are clinically vulnerable
Further detail about the national lockdown is available on the Government website.