Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that England will go into a second national lockdown
The new restrictions will come into force on Thursday 5th November. People are being asked to stay at home from this date and only leave for limited reasons including:
· For education;
· For work, if you cannot work from home;
· For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household;
· For all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm;
· To shop for food and essentials;
· And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.
Mr Johnson explained that the measures are necessary as without them the NHS could become overwhelmed and there may be a higher death toll than during the first wave.
He said that no one wants to impose these kinds of measures, but no responsible Prime Minister could ignore the evidence presented.
He also said that, whilst Christmas will inevitably be different this year, tough action now could mean families may be able to be together.
The intention is to return to the previous local and regional tier system approach after Wednesday 2nd December – but this is by no means guaranteed and may depend on how successful the second lockdown proves to be.