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Can I travel after lockdown? The key questions and answers

Missing persons: Waterloo station, normally the busiest transport terminal in Europe (Simon Calder)
Missing persons: Waterloo station, normally the busiest transport terminal in Europe (Simon Calder)

England’s nationwide lockdown may be ending on 2 December, but that doesn’t mean all restrictions are being lifted. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling after lockdown.

What are the current rules on travel within the UK and when will they change?

In England, no one should be travelling except for essential reasons – such as for work, education, medical treatment and other important journeys.

From one minute past midnight on Wednesday 2 December this will end – and with it 27 days of lockdown in England.

The prime minister said: “As we end our national restrictions on 2 December, they will not be replaced with a free for all. England will instead continue to use a sensible approach based on three tiers.

“And since the prevalence of the disease is, alas, still high, these tiers

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The new lockdown restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on Saturday will place the country back into national measures on Thursday, until at least December 2.

The guidelines address many aspects of life which will be prohibited under the new rules, but also leave many sectors and activities without clarity.

A more comprehensive version of the guidance is expected to be published this week, which should answer many questions about how the rules differ from the first national lockdown and local tier system.

Can I visit a relative in a care home?

Visits to care homes were banned during the first lockdown in March, as it became clear they had become hotspots for the spread of the disease. Visits to homes were only allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Under the Tier system, in Tiers 2 and 3 visits are only allowed in circumstances such as end-of-life care, and care home staff

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