The only reasons you can cross the border during England’s month-long lockdown

With England now under a second national lockdown, travel across the border is subject to a number of restrictions.

Though the fire-break lockdown in Wales will come to an end on November 9, only those with a valid reason will be allowed to travel between the two countries.

Entering a lockdown territory without a reasonable excuse is deemed a breach of the regulations – and those who break the rules can be fined.

In Wales, a fine of £60 is given to first-time offenders which increases to £120 for a second offence and continues to double for repeated offences, up to a maximum of £1,920. If prosecuted, however, a court can impose any fine, North Wales Live reports.

These are the only reasons people can cross the border:

Work

People who live in Wales and work in England and vice versa can continue to do so as work is classified as essential.

Working from home is advised, but this might not be possible for everyone and as such there are a number of exceptions in place.

Tradespeople, for example, are still allowed to work inside other people’s homes – whether in England or in Wales – provided they take the necessary precautions.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has said: “People who live in Wales but work in England will have a reasonable reason for travelling to work, and people who live in England and work in Wales clearly have a reasonable excuse for coming across the border to work here.”

Shopping for essential items

Crossing the border to England for food, medical supplies or products for the upkeep of a home – either your own, or the home of a person you care for – is permitted.

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But only essential retailers will be open in England during the lockdown.

The UK Government has said they will not impose a ban on the sale of non-essential items in supermarkets in England, as Wales has done.

Meeting people in your extended household or bubble

The rules on extended households in Wales will reset on Monday, November 9.

From then on, two households will be able to form a single bubble. Households will not be allowed to be a part of more than one bubble.

There is no geographical limit on who can be included in an extended household/bubble, though the Welsh Government advises people to form them with people who live locally where possible as to avoid the virus spreading from one area to another.

Travelling across the border to visit a member of your extended household is permitted, though English lockdown guidelines will apply once you’re there.

Exercise

Exercise is permitted in both England and Wales.

So, those who live near the border in Wales will be allowed to visit nearby parks in England, but local lockdown rules will apply once you’re there.

Meanwhile, people in England are urged to exercise locally wherever possible, but travel from one area to another is allowed within reason.

People in England are only allowed to exercise outdoors and will therefore not be allowed to visit leisure centres in Wales once they reopen.

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Moving home

People will be allowed to cross the border to move house. The guidelines state that people living in Wales will be able to travel to England for the purposes of moving home or other related activity, including house viewings. The same applies to people moving from England to Wales.

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Education

Travel is allowed for all education, including college and university.

Children can also continue to access their usual childcare provider and travel is permitted from England to Wales and vice versa for this reason as well.

Caring for an elderly/vulnerable person and care home visits

Providing care for an elderly or vulnerable person is a “reasonable excuse” for travel. People are allowed to cross the border in both directions for this reason.

Care homes, on the other hand, are controlled by the local authorities in Wales and in England they would need to be consulted directly before any visit.

Visits on compassionate grounds are allowed, though they would need to be arranged in advance.

Have more questions about what happens after Wales’ fire-break ends? See all the answers to the most frequently asked questions here.