The new Covid regulations

Today the latest national restrictions will be debated in Parliament, and as we act to bring the new variant of the virus under control, the government is asking the British people to once again: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. 

  • While there is no doubt that in fighting the old variant of the virus, our collective efforts were working and would have continued to work, we now face a new variant of the virus – which is spreading at an alarming speed. It is clear that we need to do more, together, to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out.
  • That is why we are asking you to once again stay at home:

    • You may only leave home for limited reasons permitted in law, such as to shop for essential items.
    • You should work from home unless you absolutely cannot.
    • If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, we are advising you to begin shielding again.
  • This decision was not taken lightly and follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and cases rates across the country, attributed to the new variant of Covid-19. This has put our hospitals under more pressure now than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic, with the number of patients in hospitals in England now 40 per cent higher than at the first peak in April. 
  • Now more than ever, we must pull together following the new rules. The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet but we really do believe that we are entering the last phase of the struggle. Because with every jab that goes into our arms, we are tilting the odds against Covid and in the favour of the British people. 


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