Rules on meeting friends and family under new lockdown rules explained

From November 5, England will be plunged back into a national lockdown.

The new rules will change how we live our lives, with restrictions in place for who we can and can’t see.

Non-essential shops will have to close and pubs and restaurants will only be able to trade as food-only takeaways.

The changes will bring challenges for millions up and down the country, not least for socialising.

The new rules mean that there will be no mixing of people from different households anywhere indoors in England. Mixing in private gardens will also be banned.

That means your friends or family cannot come into your house or garden – unless you have formed a support bubble.

Parents with children aged 13 or under are also allowed to form a childcare bubble with one other household, which could be a set of grandparents.

Under the new rules (and unlike the first lockdown) you are allowed to exercise outside with one person from another household in a public space.

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But you cannot stay overnight at someone else’s home unless you are in their support bubble. You should also note these restrictions will only apply in England, as the other parts of the UK have their own measures in place.

Single-adult households will still be permitted to form or maintain a support bubble with another household.

If you are clinically vulnerable or over the age of 60, the prime minister said you must minimise contact with other people as much as possible.

Northern Ireland is currently in a four-week circuit breaker, which sees closures across the hospitality sector and tighter social gathering restrictions.

Wales is halfway through their firebreak lockdown, which lasts for a fortnight.

There is a country-wide ban on mixing households either inside or outside, hospitality venue closures, and a ban on buying non-essential items.

Scotland does not currently have a full national lockdown but it did have a 16-day circuit breaker in October.

The country is also bringing in a five-tier system that will see tighter restrictions on household mixing.

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