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No households mixing indoors, or in private gardens, unless in your support bubble

Outdoor recreation encouraged, you can meet only one person outside your household

Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues closed

Stay at home - only leave for specific reasons including education and work

On Saturday 31 October 2020, Boris Johnson announced plans for a new four-week lockdown in England to begin on Thursday 5th November 2020.  

This lockdown will replace the rules we have come to live by since the end of September when we were put into the Tier 2 restrictions.  MPs will vote on the new lockdown restrictions on Wednesday but it is expected that the majority of MPs will vote in favour meaning the lockdown will begin on Thursday 5th November and end on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 (unless government takes a decision near the end of the planned lockdown to increase the period).

It can be difficult to keep track of the changing rules and guidance so we have tried to highlight the key information below.

Schools, universities and colleges will remain open

  • people should stay at home except for education, work (if it can't be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for other
  • All pubs and restaurants will have to close (takeaways and deliveries can continue)
  • All non-essential shops will have to close (supermarkets can sell non-essential goods)
  • Households will not be allowed to mix with others indoors, or in private gardens
  • Individuals can meet one person from outside their household in an outside public space
  • Support bubbles for people who live alone and households made up of single parents and children can continue
  • Children will be able to move between homes if their parents are separated
  • Schools, colleges and universities will remain open
  • Workplaces will be asked to stay open if people cannot work from home - including construction and manufacturing
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation will be allowed, but gyms will have to close​
  • Clinically vulnerable advised not to go to work if they are unable to work from home

After 2nd December, it is expected that different regions will return to the tiers one to three, depending upon the rates of infection.  We are currently in Tier 2 restrictions which you should continue to follow until Thursday 5th November 2020.

The government have published their initial guidance which can be found here 

Autism in Mind will remain open but we will once again be working from home. You can contact us in the usual way. We can offer video, telephone, email, and text consultation

You can also find additional information here.

We understand this is an extremely difficult time for you and we’ll be working to support you as much as possible.  If you need to talk please call us on 0191 567 2514 or text on 07706 191606.  You can email us at or if you have any questions specifically relating to questions around Covid-19 restrictions and what they mean to you email Howard at

Pubs and restaurants closed but takeaway is permitted