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Please see the following link for specific information and guidance

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

I draw your attention to the following aspects of the guidance

Section (1) Stay at home

  • This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:
  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • 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, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm – such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

Section 4 paragraph 8 states “Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups. Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, people in drug and alcohol recovery, new parents and guardians, people with long-term illnesses, people facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.” Personally I would find it difficult to argue that any of our events “are essential to deliver in person” in light of the fact we have survived 6 months without meeting face to face

It is also relevant to note that Parkinsons is now again designated as “clinically vulnerable” and according to section 9 we “Should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others”

Furthermore section 11 advises that everybody “should avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport.”

The section continues and explains that Essential travel includes, but is not limited to

  • essential shopping
  • travelling to work where your workplace is open or you cannot work from home
  • travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
  • hospital GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health.

Stay Safe,