There will be no change to support bubbles or childcare rules as England goes into a second lockdown, it has been confirmed.

The country will be subject to stricter measures in order to control the spread of coronavirus from Thursday (November 5).

Under the new restrictions, which will last until December 2, pubs, bars and restaurants, casinos, gyms, leisure centres and other non-essential businesses will close again.

However, takeaways and deliveries will be still be able to operate.

All shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores, will also have to shut, along with hairdressers.

But essential shops, courts and education facilities, which includes nurseries, schools and universities, will remain open.

What about support bubbles and childcare?

Support bubbles will remain, meaning one household of any size can ‘bubble up’ with a household that only has one adult in it from Thursday.

Those two can then act as if they are in one household, as long as the arrangement is exclusive and they’re not in any other ‘bubbles’.

The definition or rules for support bubbles will not change.

Childcare bubbles - which allow informal childcare for kids under 14 - will remain as they are now.

There will be no mixing of people inside homes, except for childcare and other forms of support.

People will be urged to avoid travelling outside of their area and staying overnight elsewhere will be allowed only for work purposes.

Travel should be kept to a minimum and only for essential journeys, such as work, with people expected not to go on holidays, either domestically in the UK or abroad.