The UK government is committed to ensuring the right levels of intervention in the right places to manage Coronavirus outbreaks.
The approach has been simplified so that there are now three local COVID alert levels: tiers one, two and three.
Understandably, people have questions about what they can and can't do depending on where they live.
So to help make things crystal clear, we've put 10 common questions about the lockdowns to officials to give the nation some definitive answers.
They cover everything from staycation rules and quarantine to fines and the latest bubble advice...
Q: I’ve had a negative test a week after returning from France. Do I still need to quarantine?
A: Yes. You must self-isolate for 14 days even if you test negative for coronavirus, as it can take up to 14 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear. In England, if you do not complete the required self-isolate period you can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £1,000.
Manchester has been placed in Tier 3 (Image: GETTY)
Q: I live in a high risk area. Can I travel to an area in a medium risk area to meet friends who live there for dinner at their house or in a restaurant?
A: No. You essentially take the level you live in with you - all the rules of the level where you live apply even if you go into a lower level. So you could only meet that group of friends and eat with them outdoors.
Q: Am I safe to go on a staycation in a house with a friend who I am not in a bubble with? We won’t share a bedroom.
A: Yes, if you both live in a medium risk area (Tier 1) and are travelling to a medium risk area. You can stay overnight away from home, as long as you’re in a group of no more than six or if you’re a single household or bubble. If you or the other people live in a high (Tier 2) or very high (Tier 3) risk area, or you’re travelling to one, you can’t stay with someone outside your household.
Local lockdowns: 10 biggest questions about what you can and cannot do answered (Image: GETTY)
Q: I was at a pub last week and have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service to say someone has tested positive for Covid 19. I’ve been in my office since the pub visit and am nervous about telling my employer – will the whole office have to go into quarantine if I tell them?
A: No. Tell your employer. People you work with do not need to self-isolate unless they have also been notified by the NHS Test and Trace service and asked to do so. But you must self-isolate straightaway for 14 days from the date of contact.
Q: I went to a well-known coffee shop chain last week and was not asked to fill out my Test and Trace information. Why not?
A: The Government has introduced a new law to make it mandatory for businesses in the hospitality sector, leisure and tourism sectors, close contact services and community centres and village halls to ask customers for their contact details to support Test and Trace. This doesn’t apply to takeaways, so if a business offers a mixture of sit-in and takeaway services, contact information should only be collected for customers who are dining in.
Q: We are a family of six and my elderly parents live with us. My mother now needs a carer – which will make us seven. Is