Following the statement from the Prime Minister today (12th October) the government has introduced a new system called ‘local COVID alert levels’. This will replace current guidance on Wednesday 14 October. They have published new guidance on this at: Information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.

Currently all of Buckinghamshire as well as Milton Keynes are subject to national restriction which from Wednesday will be medium level. A list of areas at high or very high is at: http://bit.ly/COVIDLocalAreas

Local COVID alert level: medium

This is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place. 

This means:

  • you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am 
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed

You must:

  • wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes. Walk or cycle if you can