Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information on events, visitors and tourism

Updated: 5 January 2020

England will be in a national lockdown from midnight on Tuesday 5 January.   

This means that people will only be allowed to leave their homes for a certain number of reasons.

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.

Can I visit Plymouth?

You should avoid travelling outside your area, including for overnight stays, other than where necessary, such as:

  • for work
  • for education
  • to access voluntary, charitable or youth services
  • because of caring responsibilities
  • for moving home
  • to visit your support bubble
  • for a medical appointment or treatment.

Am I allowed to stay overnight on a visit to Plymouth?

Overnight stays away from home are permitted under the new third national lockdown but only in specific circumstances.

People are permitted to leave home to visit their support bubble, which includes staying overnight with them.

But you are allowed to stay overnight - aside from support bubbles - if you:

  • are unable to return to your main residence
  • need accommodation while moving house
  • need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event
  • require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services
  • are a child requiring accommodation for school or care
  • are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse)
  • are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition.

Can I go shopping with my friends?

All non-essential retail must shut, some businesses remain open and some are offering click-and-collect services/deliveries.

You must not meet socially with anybody you do not:

  • live with
  • have a support bubble with.

Unless you are exercising or a legal exemption applies.

Some shops will have their own restrictions so do plan ahead and check individual retailers websites for more information.