In a separate letter to Vice Chancellors, the minister said she wanted all students to have “some form of face-to-face learning” wherever possible, as they had not seen evidence of increased mobility within educational environments on campus.
The Association of Universities and Colleges (UCU) has called on Vice-Chancellors to move all non-essential activities online to keep students and staff safe and reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The Department of Education (DfE) has also provided guidance on what universities and students in England should do given the current restrictions, saying that face-to-face teaching should continue where it can be done safely.
The directive said that “mobile students” – those who live in their family home and travel to campus to take lessons – will still be permitted to attend university for educational purposes during this shutdown.
It also advised that face coverings should be worn in all university learning environments, provided they do not affect teaching and learning.
Campus libraries and study spaces remained open during the current closure; However, students are only permitted to congregate in these spaces if they are part of a seminar or a scheduled personal education program.
Are gyms closed?
All gyms are closed in England On November 5, according to the new lockdown restrictions.
Gyms will only reopen under the rules of the previous level system, with some gyms opening only with the approval of the local authority.
If the category system is resumed in early December, gyms are expected to follow the same strict regulations that prevailed before the shutdown. This included the debate over whether gym-goers needed to Wear a mask.
Can I do sports outdoors? How about golf, tennis and fishing?
All organized sports are prohibited by current rules, including community events like the Sunday Football League.
Sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses, driving fields, stables, horse riding centers, soft play facilities, climbing and shooting walls, and shooting ranges are all closed.
As in the first lockdown, two people from different families are allowed to meet outdoors to play sports together, such as going for a run or playing with soccer in a park.
The Lawn Tennis Association said indoor tennis will stop, but it “is raising a case to the government about the continued outdoor tennis activity for two people from different families.”
Hunting, alone, with members of your family or with another individual is permitted.
People can exercise more than once a day, provided that the exercise is within the rules and does not include family mixing, beyond the limited exceptions.
There is no formal advice requiring people who exercise in a spacious open space to wear a mask. As long as you practice social distancing, it won’t be necessary to wear a face covering while playing sports.
Can I visit a relative in a nursing home?
The close family and friends of nursing home residents are allowed to continue visiting during England’s second national lockdown.
Families of nursing home residents called for visits, describing them as “essential” for mental health, while more than 60 organizations and experts called on the government to allow the visits to continue.
Matt Hancock said on November 16, “Our goal is to make sure that we have testing available in every nursing home by Christmas, to make sure people can get tested and thus see their loved ones safely.”
Mr. Hancock also said he is “working closely with the welfare sector” to ensure this happens.
The regulations, published on November 3, state that the exception comes under medical need, and that it is reasonably necessary for someone to leave their home to visit a person residing in a nursing home where they are a member of that person’s family, a relative of a family member or friend
Care home visits were also banned during the first lockdown in March, as it became apparent that they had become hotspots for the spread of the disease. Home visits were not permitted except in exceptional circumstances.
If the class system is resumed in early December, only visits are permitted at Levels 2 and 3 in circumstances such as end-of-life care, and care home staff should facilitate visits via video call instead. However, Mr Hancock’s plan to test for Covid in care homes may change this.
Can I still use a babysitter?
Parents may continue to use childcare services when “reasonably necessary to enable the parents to work.”
This includes childcare centers and home babysitting.
There is also additional flexibility in the rules allowing parents and children to travel for childcare purposes Baby Bubbles They can be used to allow a friend or other relative to help, even if they are in a different home.
Government guidelines state that “most youth clubs and groups will need to stop during this period,” so informal childcare through the clubs will not be permitted.
Who can come to my house?
Current lockdown rules prohibit families from mixing, except in specific circumstances.
People in the same house can see each other indoors, as well as anyone in the same support bubble. Support bubbles consist of one family of any number of people, plus another person who lives alone.
The rules allow people who work in other people’s homes to enter – including cleaners, caregivers, and dealers. Most food delivery services offer socially distant deliveries, so drivers don’t have to enter other homes.
No overnight stays in another home except for Bubbles of Support, nor visits to second homes are permitted anywhere else in the UK.
Can I go to the ophthalmologist, dentist or veterinarian?
Ophthalmologists and dentists remained open.
Before the restrictions began, a government spokesman said “medically necessary care and treatment,” including mental health services, may continue.
Dentists initially avoided performing procedures that generate aerosols, although this restriction has since been lifted.
Veterinarians are open, provided they continue to follow Covid-secure guidelines.
Should I be protected again?
People who were officially asked to protect during the first lockdown were notified that they should not leave their homes unnecessarily, as they are exposed to the more serious impacts of Covid-19.
But they don’t armor the same way they did in March – when vulnerable people were told not to leave their homes for any reason.
Additionally, Boris Johnson said that people over the age of 60 or who are clinically at risk should be especially careful about mixing with other people in public or in the workplace.
Professor Chris Whitty said there were “downsides” to the first shielding program, including “major problems with loneliness and a feeling of total isolation from society.”
People most at risk were told to reduce their contact with others as much as possible.