A different type of COVID-19 lock-down…

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Director of Market Development, Assurity Consulting
5th November 2020

While both periods of “lock-down” so far have in essence have said the same thing, stay at home except for ‘limited purposes’ or ‘permitted exceptions’, there are clear differences between versions 1 and 2, and not just in feel.

Most of us will recall that for the first “lock-down”: 

You should only leave or be away from your home for very limited purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible;
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
  • Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  • Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home. 

For version two, not only does it appear that this “lock-down” will be more time limited, but the list of permitted exceptions for leaving home is longer, allow more businesses to stay open, and also a greater number of day to day activities allowed to take place, it includes:

  • Buy goods or services from businesses that are permitted to remain open;
  • Take exercise or visit a public outdoor place for open air recreation;
  • Attend a place of worship;
  • Visit estate or lettings agents, view residential properties to buy or rent, or move home;
  • Visit your support bubble;
  • Collect food, drink or goods that you’ve ordered;
  • Visit a waste disposal or recycling centre;
  • Go to work (where it’s not reasonably possible to work from home);
  • Undertake education or training;
  • Provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person or provide emergency assistance to someone;
  • Fulfil a legal obligation;
  • Access critical public services or services provided by voluntary or charitable services, such as food banks;
  • Seek medical assistance;
  • Donate blood or attend medical trials;
  • Avoid injury or escape a risk of harm;
  • Attend a birth or visit a close family member or friend in hospital, a hospice or care home;
  • Attend a support group;
  • Attend a funeral, marriage or civil partnership ceremony;
  • Have contact with your child where they don’t live you with;
  • Access educational facilities or accompany a child to those facilities where you’re their parent or you have care of the child;
  • Attend a vet or care for or exercise your pet;
  • Return home from somewhere you were on holiday immediately before 5 November; and
  • Visit a close family member or friend in prison.

As has also been seen for the first “lock-down”, keeping our buildings and their systems and services safe is something we can ill afford to forget. Neither do they benefit from any changes in the restriction requirements.

Having spent the last 30 years – as well as the last 6 months – providing, direct, meaningful and independent advice on health safety, environmental, and now COVID-19 Secure, compliance, we remain open to support and help as needed.