People in England and Scotland have been ordered to stay at home until the end of January amid a fresh Covid-19 lockdown on Monday 4th January 2021.

In England it was stated that this lockdown will last until at least mid February.

Wales remains in Lockdown as of 20th December 2020 and Northern Ireland is due to announce tighter restrictions in the country. The Isle of Man also had its restrictions changed as of the 06/01/21

This means that Archaeological and Metal Detecting practises are restricted within these countries and we should not leave our homes for anything other than shopping for essentials, local exercise, medical visits and work, unless your work can be completed at home.

This means that Archaeological and Metal detecting activities must only take place in the confines of your garden or the border of the land that you live.

The English Government update states –

National restrictions apply in England from 6 January. You should stay at home and you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You cannot leave your home for the purpose of recreation or leisure.


Metal detecting is permitted within the local outdoor recreation rule. It must start and finish at the same place and must only take place within 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area.

You must only detect within a single household group, or as a group comprising no more than 2 people from 2 different households 


Detecting is not forbidden but exercise is only permitted if it starts and ends at your home.

You can leave home as often as you like to exercise, as long as you do so alone or with members of your household or support bubble.

There are no legal limits on the kind of exercise that is permitted. However, in practice, this will be constrained by other alert level 4 restrictions requiring exercise to start and finish at home…’’


Detecting is not forbidden. You can exercise individually, with your carer or carers or with other members of your household. Other rules on travel, etc. should be followed.

We will amend this information when the guidance is updated on the official government website. Current guidelines for the tier system for Archaeological practises can be found below

The full English government guidelines can be found here

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