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Coronavirus: New government guidance and national lockdown


05 November, 2020 — By Camden Council


A month-long national lockdown begins today (Thursday 5 November) to control the spread of coronavirus.

It means that:
• Non-essential shops and businesses will close.
• You won’t be able to mix indoors with people from another household, unless they are people within your support or childcare bubble.
• You can only exercise or visit outdoor public places with people you live with, people in your bubble or 1 person from another household.
• You must work from home if you can, unless you are in an essential service, or where your workplace is open and you cannot work from home.
• You must stay at home unless you have to leave the house to work or you’re leaving the house for a permitted reason such as exercising outdoors, taking a child to school, attending university, to shop for essentials, for care responsibilities, or to attend a medical appointment or seek medical advice.

The restrictions will be reviewed by the Government in early December. You can read more at

Follow public health advice to keep yourself and loved ones safe
As well as following the lockdown restrictions, please keep following public health advice to keep yourself and others around you safe:
• Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time
• Wear a face covering in all indoor public places, unless you’re exempt
• Stay 2 metres apart from people you don’t live with.

If you develop symptoms – a new, continuous cough; high temperature; loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you must self-isolate and request a test via or phoning 119.

Self-isolating is vital because it will prevent you from passing the virus on to others. If you need any support to self-isolate, please call the Council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9).

How does following public health advice keep me safe?

Coronavirus usually spreads through droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking.

Unless you’re exempt, wearing a face covering is so important because it covers up the nose and mouth, preventing these droplets reaching others and so preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Washing your hands is important because it gets rid of these droplets, and social distancing prevents these droplets reaching others in the first place.

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