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Lockdown 3 – What You Need To Know

Okay, so 2021 probably isn’t the ‘new start’ you’d been hoping for, with England plunged back into lockdown last night (Monday January 4). Prime Minister Boris Johnson again called for people to stay at home to help tackle a further spike of cases across the country.

As such, it’s understandable if you’ve woken up this morning feeling a bit dizzy from it all. Here’s a quick run-through of some of the Lockdown 3 FAQs to help you navigate the coming weeks.   

What can you no longer do? 

On the surface, Lockdown 3 isn’t a great deal different for Londoners and England residents already living under Tier 4 restrictions. Non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality venues remain closed as before, after all, and we were already restricted to meeting up with just one other person in outdoor public spaces (for a walk or exercise, for example). So what’s the difference? 

The new message is a more pronounced: ‘stay at home’. People are being asked to work from home unless they absolutely cannot and to avoid making journeys that aren’t essential.  

One of the most significant changes for ISH residents is the continued delay to the return to in-person teaching. We also have to say goodbye to the takeaway pint. While you can still order food and drink deliveries and collect takeaways of soft drinks and food, alcohol pick-up is now forbidden. Don’t worry, though, the unlimited outdoor daily exercise is a sanity-saving survivor.  

How long will this lockdown last? 

Well, that’s the big question. Boris Johnson suggested the latest measures would take us to mid/late February, but this morning (Tuesday, January 5), Michael Gove told Sky News that restrictions might not be relaxed until March. 

On the plus side, if you live at ISH, we have countless measures in place to ensure your comfort from Fitness classes to Film Nights – (all in small numbers and socially distanced of course!) Join the Residents Group to stay in the loop.

You can find more information here.


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