From the National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) south of the border:
Reading room service suspended as of Thursday 5 November
We will be suspending our reading room service as of Thursday 5 November, in line with the new national restrictions in England.
We know this will be very disappointing to many and look forward to welcoming visitors again as soon as this is possible.
We will continue to provide access to our collections and services online, including:
Our website, including research guides, blogs, podcasts, learning resources and online exhibitions
Discovery, our online catalogue and digital home of our collections
Online education sessions and resources
Naturalisation certificate requests
Freedom of Information requests
We will continue to review government guidance and to provide regular updates.
Greater access to online collections
We can confirm that we’re now doubling the monthly limit on downloading free digital records from our website, from 50 to 100.
This service, made free in response to the restrictions earlier in the year, has been very popular with online researchers around the world, with more than 84,000 people downloading around 1.1m documents to date.
The original announcement, with links, is available at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/coronavirus-update/
My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.