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National lockdown guidance

Stay at home > Protect the NHS > Save Lives

We are now under a new national lockdown. This requires all residents to stay at home.

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where necessary.

You may only leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the part of Bracknell Forest that you live in. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you leave home without a reasonable excuse, you can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.


Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely.

The government has indicated this will be in place until at least February half term.

Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until at least mid-February for all except future critical worker courses.

Meeting others

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 are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.


People who have been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) must stay at home and only leave the house to exercise outside and attend medical appointments.

You can still remain in your support bubble, but you cannot meet with people you do not live with unless they are part of your support bubble.

Try to stay 2 metres away from other people within your household, especially if they display symptoms of the virus or have been advised to self-isolate.

You are advised not to go to the shops. Use online shopping if you can or ask others to collect and deliver shopping or medicines for you. You can register to access priority online supermarket deliveries.

You can still receive care at home from professional social care and medical professionals as well as informal care at home from people within your support bubble.

You should only exercise locally with your own household or support bubble.

Anyone who does leave their home should follow the Hands Face Space advice.

You are strongly advised to work from home. If you cannot work from home, then you should not attend work. If you are unable to work in your normal role or do all of your usual tasks from home, you should discuss whether there are any alternative arrangements that can be made with your employer, including considering using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough).

Help for those who are shielding including with shopping and prescription collection is available from the Bracknell Forest Community Response in partnership with The Ark.  Call 01344 266911 or email