Following the latest announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, England has now been placed into national lockdown restrictions.
The single most important action we all need to take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. You must not leave your home unless necessary and you must stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should avoid leaving home unless absolutely necessary.
National Lockdown restrictions also mean the following:
- You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with.
- If you need to leave your home for essential activities, you must wear a face covering in any indoor setting, such as shops or places of worship where these remain open, and on public transport, unless you are exempt.
- You can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home.
- Non-essential businesses must close. Only businesses and venues which are providing essential goods and services are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines.
- Places of worship will remain open but you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble and strict social distancing measures should be observed.
- Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies are permitted in exceptional circumstances with up to six people. Funerals are allowed to go ahead, attended by a maximum of 30 people.
- Indoor gyms and sports facilities will close as will outdoor sports venues, outdoor gym sites, tennis courts, golf courses and swimming pools. You may exercise outdoors on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
Full details and further information of national lockdown restrictions can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home.
In Fareham, COVID Marshalls will be patrolling shopping areas and open spaces, to engage with gatherings of people to ensure that the rules are being complied with. The Civic Offices will be closed to the public with the majority of our staff working from home. Residents who need to contact the Council can get in touch via the following numbers:
- Benefits 01329 824646
- Council Tax 01329 824651
- Council Tenant Enquiries 01329 824435
- General Enquiries 01329 236100
- Housing or Homeless advice 01329 824343
- Housing Repairs 01329 824771
- Licensing 01329 824399
- Planning 01329 824662
- Sheltered Housing 01329 847125
For updates about Council services and the help and support available please visit our coronavirus page: https://www.fareham.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward, said: “It is of paramount importance that we now observe these national lockdown restrictions in our ongoing fight against COVID-19. I understand that we all want to get back to some normality but the only way we can achieve this is to follow the guidance to reduce the spread of the virus now. I strongly encourage residents to visit the government’s website to ensure we are all following the national guidance fully.”