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Coronavirus: What are the new rules around lockdown 3?

Here we go again! The UK is waking up to the start of a third lockdown today (Tuesday 5th January) following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement last night. The latest lockdown has been likened to the one that was implemented in March last year, with tough restrictions in place until mid-February to combat the dramatic increase in Coronavirus cases. With Covid-19 patients in English hospitals 40% higher than the first peak, the government has revealed new rules and guidance to help protect the NHS and save lives. So what are the new rules? [caption id="attachment_4523" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] Vaccinations are continuing across the UK, however number of Covid-19 patients in English hospitals is 40% higher than the first peak.[/caption] Everyday Like the lockdown in March 2020, people are not allowed to leave their homes except for certain reasons. These reasons include essential medical needs, food shopping, exercise and work (for those who cannot work from home!) Schools All schools and colleges will close from today (Tuesday 5th March), with remote learning in place until February half term Nurseries will stay open End-of-year exams will NOT take place this summer as normal University students should not return to campuses and will be taught online Hospitality Throughout each lockdown the hospitality industry has been heavily affected, and unfortunately this will not change with the new rules. Having recently gone into Tier 3, hospitality across North Yorkshire had been forced to close, and this will continue until mid-February. However during lockdown they can continue to offer food delivery - yet takeaway alcohol will be banned. Sports Outdoor sports venues must close. This includes golf courses, tennis courts and outside gyms. Outdoor playgrounds will remain open Amateur team sports are not allowed, but elite sport such as Premier League and EFL football can continue. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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