Coronavirus Update | New Covid-19 lockdown rules in England November 2020

Nov 6, 2020

New Covid-19 lockdown rules in England – November 2020

A new 4 week, Covid-19 lockdown commenced yesterday 5 November in England. There is a 5 tier system operating in Scotland. Northern Ireland is midway through a temporary lockdown and Wales comes out of its lockdown on 9 November.

Lie Detector Test UK is encouraging clients to book home tests for their own safety.  Where this is not practical a few of our nationwide offices remain open.  If you are booking online, you will be able to check availability of controlled offices when choosing a location. When you book an office test on a Wednesday we are applying a discount of £100 bringing the price in line with home tests. If you have already booked a test in one of our offices you can reschedule to take the test later in the month. Or travel to the next nearest office, or change to a home test.

Our polygraph examiners have all tested negative for Covid-19.  Their equipment is sterilised before and after each test. They are also equipped with all relevant, high quality PPE.

New Covid-19 lockdown rules

You can access the Government’s new Covid-19 lockdown rules by clicking here. Broadly speaking they are much the same as the first lockdown restrictions and here are some basics:

  • You must stay at home unless you are unable to work from home. You can leave the house for educational purposes, to go to work, to shop for essential items or to provide care for others.
  • Households must not mix with others indoors, or in private gardens
  • You can meet one person from outside your household in an outdoors public space. Children under five don’t count
  • Support bubbles for people who live alone and single parent households can continue
  • Support groups of 15 or fewer people are allowed, including those for new parents or people recovering from addictions
  • Children can move between homes if parents are separated
  • Informal childcare support bubbles for children aged 13 or under can continue
  • It is possible to visit friends and family in care homes as long as Covid-secure measures are in place, such as the use of floor-to-ceiling screens, visiting pods, and arranging outdoor or window visits

Work and school

  • Schools, nurseries, colleges and universities will remain open
  • Staff and pupils at secondary schools (Year 7 and above) must wear face coverings in communal areas outside the classroom
  • Childminders and nannies can continue to provide childcare, including in people’s homes
  • Students who live at university must not return to their permanent home until the end of term
  • Workplaces can stay open if people cannot work from home – including construction and manufacturing
  • Those who are clinically vulnerable are advised not to go to work if they can’t work from home


You can take outdoor exercise individually, or with members of your household or support bubble, or with one other person from outside your household

As long as you follow the rules above, you can exercise outside as much as you want

Outdoor play areas and facilities

  • All leisure and sports centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges must close
  • Elite sport can carry on behind closed doors
  • Grassroots team sports are not allowed

Shops, pubs and other venues

  • All pubs and restaurants must close (takeaways and deliveries can continue)
  • All non-essential shops must close (click-and-collect services and deliveries can continue)
  • All personal care facilities must close, including hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, tattoo and massage parlours, and those offering body and skin piercing. Staff cannot offer these services in people’s homes
  • Supermarkets, food shops, off-licences, petrol stations and pharmacies can remain open
  • Bike shops, hardware stores, dry cleaners, banks, post offices, garden centres and pet shops can also remain open
  • Motorway services stations can remain open
  • Waste and recycling centres can remain open
  • Medical services can continue, including dentist and optician appointments
  • Libraries can remain open for click-and-collect services, and to allow IT access

Weddings, funerals and places of worship

  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be allowed, apart from in exceptional circumstances
  • Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people
  • Apart from funerals, places of worship will only be open to allow individual prayer or services to be broadcast to the congregation

Mental health

If you are anxious, stressed or depressed you are not alone.  The effects of lockdown affect us all.  Please click here for NHS guidance on your mental wellbeing during lockdown. There are lots of tips as to what you can do about finances and other concerns you may have.

Living 24/7 with our partners is rare and may cause us to dwell on issues that ordinarily we wouldn’t. Confined to the home with very little to do gives us an enormous amount of time to think. If you had doubts about dishonesty before lockdown, they will be stronger when you have nothing else to keep your mind occupied.

At Lie Detector Test UK, our polygraph examiners may be able to help you dispel doubts and find the truth.  This means that a least one stressful aspect of your life can be resolved.

More information about our lie detector tests can be found on our website.  You might want to explore the case studies on our blog to find out if anyone has had a similar experience to your own or has submitted a query about a similar issue.

Our customer service staff can be contacted on our Free Helpline (0800 861 1058). The advice they can give you is also free so at this difficult time, we encourage you to take advantage of it.

Hopefully, this lockdown will be the last. But if you are struggling with dishonesty issues we are here and available to help.

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