New national restrictions from Thursday 5 November


Everyone must stay at home, and may leave only for a limited set of reasons. These include:

  • For education
  • For work, if you cannot work from home
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household (socially distanced)
  • For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
  • To shop for food and essentials
  • And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

The new rules mean that:

  • Pubs, restaurants are closed except for take-away or click and collect services
  • Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will close
  • People must not mix indoors or in private gardens with people they don’t live with or who aren’t in their support bubble
  • People should travel only when it is essential to do so
  • It is essential to social distance – and residents are reminded to stay two metres apart from anyone they don’t live with at all times  

Please minimise the time outside of your home. When you are near other people, including shopping and working, you should stay two metres apart from anyone you don’t live with or is part of your support bubble.

Full guidance on what you must and must not do is available on the goverment's website on what the restrictions mean. The new rules might mean that some council services are effected, information about changes to services will be available on our website.  

The new restictions will run from Thursday, 5 November until at least Wednesday, 2 December. Until Thursday the relevant high COVID level will apply to Ealing, more information can be found on the council's website.

People who have been told to self-isolate by Test and Trace, were previously shielding or are isolated and are worried about sourcing food or essentials, can all the council's Ealing Together line for advice on 020 8825 7170.  Help may be available with securing an online food delivery slot or identifying local volunteers who can collect shopping.

People on low incomes who are self-isolating may be eligible for a Test and Trace support payment. Residents in financial crisis who cannot pay for food can also call 020 8825 7170. More information on support available from the council can be found on the Ealing Together website and council website.

Clinically vulnerable people need to take extra care to protect themselves by strictly maintaining social distancing, meeting outside if possible, and keeping the number of different people they meet low.

Residents must follow the current public health guidance when leaving their home:

  • Hands - wash your hands regularly
  • Face - use a face covering where required
  • Space - keep your distance from others