Following the ever-growing number of cases in the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that come Thursday 5 November, England will effectively immediately start the second phase of lockdown.
This period is to last till 2 December when the government will “seek to ease restrictions” and return to the 1-3 Tier system, Johnson said. The move to impose another lockdown has attracted a lot of criticism as some conservatives believe it will take a toll on the people’s livelihood and sources of income.
In his address, he put across key points such as; People may only leave home for specific reasons, including education, work, exercise, medical reasons, to escape injury or harm, and to meet with members of “exclusive” support bubbles from one other household if they live alone, for childcare purposes or to provide or receive vital support.
All non-essential shops, leisure, and entertainment venues will be closed, though click and collect services will continue, and essential shops will remain open.
Pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services, though pubs will not be allowed to sell alcohol for takeaway. Schools, universities, courts, childcare providers, and other public services will remain open.
People cannot travel internationally or within the UK unless for work, education, or other legally permitted exemptions. Overnight stays away from primary residences will not be allowed, except for specific exceptions, including for work.
The Treasury’s furlough scheme, originally set to expire on 31 October, will be extended until the end of November with the same conditions.
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has urged Scots not to travel to England, Wales, or Northern Ireland to curb the deadly Coronavirus disease spread.
It is important to note that on Saturday, the UK surpassed one million infections. With this lockdown, the UK joins other countries like France, Germany, and Belgium in the nationwide restrictions.