The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that England will enter a second national lockdown.
Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England, with people urged to “stay at home” as they did during March’s first lockdown.
The news comes as the mutant strain of Covid-19 continues to spread across the UK at a much faster rate than the original strain.
The new strain is between 60 to 70% more transmissible, cases of Covid-19 are at the highest rates they have ever been and hospital admissions due to Covid-19 have remained for weeks much higher than they were during the original lockdown back in March 2020.
The Prime Minister urged that we must do more and go into a new national lockdown and you must stay at home.
Schools across England must close and these must change to remote learning people are only allowed to leave the home if they are required too for essential reasons.
While millions of people have adhered to the rules since March, the minority of people have simply not been adhering to the rules mixing households and hosting parties meaning England will head for a third Lockdown.
Closure of Hospitality…
The closure of pubs, cafes and restaurants within many areas has not had an impact on the reduction in the spread of the virus, Because supermarkets and retail shops have been packed.
Some areas have had pubs, cafes and restaurants closed since September and those areas have only continued to see an increase in the virus.
The virus has continued to spread, and that is because hospitality was one of the safest places and the industry that spent the most money putting covid-19 safe measures in place.
What does Lockdown Three rules mean?
People across the whole country will be told to stay at home apart from five exceptions:
- for work, if people cannot work from home, such as those in the construction sector or key workers
- to shop for necessities such as food or medicines
- to exercise once per day at a local location. This can include with one other person from outside someone’s household or support/childcare bubble
- to provide care or help to vulnerable people
- to attend medical appointments or medical care, or to flee the threat of harm or violence.
All primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will move to online learning from tomorrow.