New COVID-19 national restrictions: What it means for Merton residents and businesses

If you live in Merton, you must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household – meaning the people you live with or  support bubble. 

To keep up-to-date with changes to council services during this period, visit our coronavirus webpage.

The new restrictions mean that you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include: 

  • For childcare or education. 
  • For work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home.
  • To exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household. 
  • For any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm – such as domestic abuse.
  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible. 
  • To visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer. 

The following types of businesses and venues will be closed from Thursday 5 November until 2 December: 

  • All non-essential retail.
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools.  
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos. 
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas. 

The following types of businesses and venues will remain open from Thursday 5 November until 2 December: 

  • Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods.
  • Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. 
  • Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
  • Playgrounds can remain open. 

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed. 

Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law. 

Find out more about the new nation restrictions, visit the gov.uk website.