Can I see my partner during the second lockdown?
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Coronavirus cases continue to soar across the UK and the rest of the world as a second wave takes hold during the colder winter months. With Wales currently in a firebreaks lockdown, England too will now head back indoors as Boris Johnson unveiled his latest plans in a press conference this weekend.
The daily number of covid cases has risen sharply in recent weeks, with hospital admissions also on the rise.
On the day Boris Johnson announced the original UK-wide lockdown on March 23, the number of people going into hospital with cover stood at 1,128 – rising to its peak at 3,099 on April 1.
On October 29, some 1,345 admissions were reported – double the figure of 664 some 17 days earlier.
While the figures aren’t quite as bleak as March, the Prime Minister said it was vital to get the numbers in check early.
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Mr Johnson announced over the weekend that a one-month lockdown across England would start on Thursday amid scientists warning the “worst case” scenario of 80,000 dead could be exceeded this winter.
The lockdown will see people forced to stay at home, with pubs, bars, restaurants and hospitality venue shutting their doors once again.
The rules state that people should not be mixing households until the four-week lockdown has been concluded.
However, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove warned the one-month lockdown could be extended further.
Can I see my partner?
From Thursday, November 5 until Wednesday, December 2, the Government says people are required to stay home and will be prevented from gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
You must stay at home except for the following purposes:
- for childcare or education
- for work purposes
- to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
- for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies
- to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm
- shopping for basic necessities
- to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people
This means you cannot see you partner if you do not live together, unless you meet them outdoors for exercise.
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If you do meet them outside, you must “ensure you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble”, according to the Government advice.
Outdoor public places include parks, beaches, countryside, public gardens allotments and playgrounds.
Private gardens are forbidden if you are not from the same household.
However, if you have been able to form a support bubble with your partner, you can meet them indoors.
A support bubble is when a household with one adult joins with another household (which may have more than one adult).
If you and your partner are in a support bubble together, you can meet indoors, or exercise or visit public places outdoors.
The Government advise says: “These new measures have been carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work.
“Until Thursday, November 5, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the LCAL Very High restrictions between now and Thursday.
“The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday, December 2. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.”
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