A number of European countries grappling with the second wave of the coronavirus, including France and Germany, have gone into another round of lockdown. Joining them now is England. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a second national lockdown for England to prevent a “medical and moral disaster” for the UK National Health Service.
The lockdown will be in force from 5 November and till 2 December.
England lockdown: what’s allowed and what’s not
- Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will be closed for four weeks. But takeaways and “click-and-collect” shopping can stay open.
- People are prohibited from travelling internationally or within the UK, except for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions.
- Schools, colleges and universities can stay open. Construction sites and manufacturing units can also stay open.
- People are advised to stay home except for reasons such as work, where work-from-home isn’t an option, or education.
- People can also leave home for exercise, medical reasons, food and other essential shopping and to provide care for vulnerable people or for volunteering.
- Households are not allowed to meet indoors or in private gardens unless they are part of support bubbles. Single adults living alone, or single parents with children under 18, can form a support bubble with one other household.
- All religious services will be shut, as well.