British Steel announced that “As COVID-19 continues to impact on people and businesses throughout the world, we remain committed to protecting our colleagues, customers, suppliers and communities. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve adhered to the latest guidance from the UK Government. The robust measures we have in place are enabling us to safeguard our people and our operations and we’ll continue to adapt our working habits as and when required. Thanks to the incredible efforts of our employees, we’re continuing to manufacture the products our customers require. Hundreds of our people, predominantly in office based roles, are working from home while many more colleagues are working on our sites to maintain safety critical operations. In true British Steel style, everybody has pulled together and we’re extremely grateful for this. We’d also like to thank our customers and suppliers for their ongoing support. While these remain incredibly challenging times for us all, both personally and professionally, we’ll get through this together and play an important role in supporting the UK’s economic recovery.”
UK Prime Minister Mr Boris Johnson announced on Monday a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. Mr Johnson said people must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic in March, this time because the new virus variant was spreading in a frustrating and alarming way.
What are England's new rules?
People in England must stay at home and only go out for essential reasons. Primary and secondary schools have moved to online learning for all pupils apart from vulnerable and keyworker children.
Reasons to leave home include
Work or volunteering where it is unreasonable to work from home. This includes work in someone else's home, such as that carried out by social workers, nannies, cleaners and tradespeople
Education, training, childcare, medical appointments and emergencies
Exercise outdoors (limited to once a day). You can meet one other person from another household in an open public space to exercise
Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
Communal religious worship
Meeting your support or childcare bubble. Children can also move between separated parents
Activities related to moving house
Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to limit the time they spend outside their home. They should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or if it is otherwise essential, but not for work or education purposes.
International travel, or travel around the UK is only permitted for essential reasons.
Hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants and non-essential shops have closed, as have indoor and outdoor sports facilities including gyms and tennis courts.
Essential businesses and services can stay open to the public. These include
Supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies and garden centres
Places of worship
Petrol stations and MOT services
Banks and post offices
Doctors and dentists' surgeries and vets
Car parks, public toilets and playgrounds
Read England's official guidance.