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National lockdown: stay at home

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) is spreading fast.

Do not leave your home unless necessary.

1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it.

Find out what the rules are

Recent and upcoming changes

5 January

National lockdown rules apply in England. Stay at home.

Find out what the rules are in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

Shielding has resumed in England. If you’re shielding, do not attend work, school, college or university. You can get support if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, for example priority access to supermarket deliveries.

Guidance and support

Schools, universities, education and childcare

Guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for parents, schools, colleges and universities: closures, exams, learning, health and wellbeing.

Popular content

Check if your higher education course will be face to face learning

Making a childcare bubble


Work and financial support

Getting financial help and staying safe at work

Get coronavirus (COVID-19) support if you’re working less or not working - and find out how to stay safe at work.

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Furlough: Check if your employer can put you on temporary leave

Redundancy: your rights

Apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment

Business and self employment

Getting financial help and keeping your business safe

Get coronavirus (COVID-19) support for your business or if you’re self-employed, and find out how to keep your business and your employees safe

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Your business has had to close: check if you can get a grant

How to make your workplace COVID-secure

Financial support for businesses and self-employed people


All of the above information is taken from the gov website.
Updated 12.01.2021