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10 things you can do under new lockdown that were banned under the first one

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England has been plunged into a second national lockdown as Boris Johnson desperately tries to stem the spread of Covid-19.

All-but-essential shops have been forced to close, travel has been banned and workers must work from home unless absolutely necessary as the country comes to a halt until December 2.

The Government has banned household mixing, with the slight exception of outdoor exercise with one other person.

MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of a second shutdown, but some are privately anxious that it will be extended beyond December 2.

Boris has promised his cabinet colleagues that the restrictions will expire on the date given – and England will return to the tiered system.

But, the Prime Minister has insisted that locking down is key to driving the all important coronavirus R rate down below 1.

Brits are now familiar with the terms of a lockdown – but the sequel has a few differences to the original we went through earlier this year.


This time around – to the delight of many parents – kids can go to school.

And nursery, and teenagers can go to college or university.

So there will be no more maths lessons in the kitchen, or science in the living room, for home schooling families.

The decision to keep education open has been met by criticism that it could allow the virus to spread – especially in universities where there have been several outbreaks.

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This time playgrounds will stay open so youngsters can get outside and enjoy the swings and slides.

Families will still have to social distance from children that they don’t live with, but councils won’t be locking up parks.


Remember when we were allowed one state-mandated exercise period a day? This time round the rules have been tweaked.

Exercise is now unlimited, and you can even meet up with one other pal. This means you could go for a walk in a park with a friend from another household, and the government doesn’t include children in the limit.

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Care home visits

In one major change from the first lockdown, families can visit care homes.

In what will be a big relief for thousands of loved ones, care homes can allow visitors through a window or in an outdoor setting.

The guidelines are significantly different from the original lockdown where face-to-face visits were banned.

Care homes are being encouraged to provide safe visiting opportunities for close families.

Places of worship

Similarly, the guidelines for places of worship have been tweaked for the second lockdown.

Previously churches, mosques and synagogues were told close for communal prayer.

This time around, worship venues will be open for private, individual worship.

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The government is not encouraging vulnerable Brits to shield in November.

Instead, people over 60 and those who are deemed clinically vulnerable are being told to be careful – but guidance stops short of shielding.


During the first lockdown support bubbles had not been put in place, but this time around they are.

Single adult households can bubble up with one other household to create a support network that will hopefully help them get through the tough periods.

Parents whose children are 13 or under can also form a childcare support bubble with one other household, which could be a set of grandparents.

Public toilets

Following criticism in March, the government has this time round allowed public toilets to be opened.

Originally shut to avoid the spread of the virus, Boris has said that this time around public loos will be allowed to be unlocked.

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Dentists, opticians and other medical facilities

For the second lockdown dentists, opticians and chiropractors are allowed to stay open.

Services for mental health support are also being told they can stay open to support struggling Brits.

Meanwhile, garden centres have been deemed essential along with bike shops and pet stores.

So while thousands of stores pull the shutters down, there are a few that will remain open.


Last time round hotels were closed, but this time the rules are different.

Hotels and hostels are allowed to remain open, but only for specific needs.

Guests can only stay if they are there for work reasons, according to the guidance.

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