Nation goes into 'Lockdown 2'

Reading joins the rest of England in facing restrictions for a four-week lockdown.
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Reading residents are now living with new restrictions to daily life, following the launch of 'Lockdown 2' on Thursday 5 November, 2020.

Restaurants and pubs have shut, as have gyms and leisure centres, hairdressers and 'non-essential' shops, but schools, colleges and universities will stay open.

The government also wants to reduce the ‘potentially harmful impacts on mental and social wellbeing that were associated with previous strict shielding’ by allowing ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ to go out for exercise.

The government also stresses that it wants people with any medical need to come forward, as the NHS will be running both Covid and non-Covid services during lockdown.

While generally we should only socialise with our own households/support bubbles or one other person from another household, there are exceptions, including support/therapy groups of up to 15 people who can meet, for example, to discuss drug or alcohol recovery.

Getting help

One Reading Community Hub: Run by the council in partnership with charities

NHS Volunteers: A national scheme matching local volunteers with people in need

Your questions answered: Our guide to shielding, visits, NHS appointments & more

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