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In recent weeks the Government announced a new three-tier lockdown system in England, which ranks parts of England based on whether the risk of coronavirus is medium, high or very high in an area. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a televised press conference today (Saturday, October 31) that England will now be entering a national lockdown.
What are the new lockdown rules in England?
From Thursday, November 5 the nation will be placed under a national lockdown until December 2.
Citing Office for National Statistics data, Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, told the Downing Street press conference: “The prevalence of this disease has been going up extremely rapidly over the last few weeks, having been very flat due to the work of everybody in the country over spring and summer.
“And we now have around 50,000 new cases a day and that is rising.”
People will be told to stay at home, and a number of businesses will have to close.
People will be able to leave their homes for any medical need, or to escape injury or harm.
Single households can form a support bubble in line with the Government guidance.
Shielding is not currently being introduced, but those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should take precautions to limit interactions with other people.
Under the lockdown, pubs, restaurants and bars will have to close, but takeaways will be allowed to stay open.
Schools and universities will remain open, but non-essential retail shops will close.
People will still be able to exercise outdoors and travel to work if they are not able to work from home.
This is a breaking story with updates to follow.
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