Rules for residents during local lockdowns

‘Local lockdowns’ are becoming more regular in towns and cities across the country.


The rules can often be confusing, especially for the elderly. If you have one put in place in your town, so we’ve put together some handy pointers to you make sense of them.

However, some rules may differ depending on location, so it’s important to check your local council website for information.

  • People will only be able to meet outdoors, at a distance, for the time being.
  • Extended households cannot meet indoors. You cannot form an extended household for the time being.
  • You are unable to leave or enter the county without a reasonable excuse
  • Masks must be worn in indoor public areas by those over the age of 11-years-old
  • You should not visit care homes, unless it is an end of life visit where full PPE will be required.

Reasonable excuses to leave or enter the county during lockdown, include:

  • For essentials such as food and medicine
  • To obtain supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household
  • For work, if you cannot work from home, or for education
  • To provide or receive emergency assistance
  • To meet a legal obligation or to get access to public services.

While it is a difficult time, it’s important not to panic and to stay positive. This will help your mental well-being.

There’s lots you can be doing during this time, until restrictions are revised. Why not get back out into the garden? There’s plenty to be getting on with at this time of year.

You could take up a new hobby or pick up an existing one that might have fallen by the way side after the initial lockdown earlier this year.

Remember to keep practising your personal hygiene and wash your hands regularly, eat and drink well and try to get a good night’s sleep.

If you have an elderly loved-one that is currently on their own, keep in regular contact with them via telephone or FaceTime/Skype. You should also make sure they are stocked up on essentials.