Boris Johnson introduced a monthlong lockdown for England final evening in a howling U-turn.
Individuals will likely be pressured to remain at residence whereas pubs, eating places, hairdressers, gyms and non-essential shops are to shut.
The Prime Minister made an announcement to the nation on Saturday evening greater than a month after its science consultants known as for a time-limited shutdown.
SAGE known as for a two- or three-week breaker on September 21 to reverse the spiral in virus charges.
However Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused the plea – opting as an alternative for a three-tier system of native restrictions.
And now, authorities advisers imagine it’s too late for a two-week shutdown to make a enough distinction.
As an alternative, the brand new lockdown will final for 4 weeks – from 12:01 p.m. on Thursday, November 5 to Wednesday, December 2.
The advert was introduced after key components of it leaked to 3 nationwide newspapers.
Disaster talks with Cupboard had been knowledgeable with out drastic motion, the NHS could be completely overwhelmed earlier than Christmas.
The brand new lockdown will likely be much like the principles which have lined England for months from the top of March.
Nevertheless, there will likely be some essential variations.
Whereas full particulars gained't be launched till Thursday, right here's what we all know up to now.
When and the place will the lockdown begin and finish?
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The lockdown will start at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 5, topic to parliamentary approval.
It should finish on Wednesday, December 2, when the federal government seeks to ease the brand new restrictions on an area and regional foundation, in line with the most recent information and traits on the time.
Boris Johnson needs to return to the present three-tier system, or one thing shut, from December 2.
The brand new lockdown will solely apply to England. Wales, Scotland and Northern Eire had already carried out stricter guidelines.
Ought to I keep residence?
Sure, a bit like in March.
Below the phrases of the brand new lockdown, you may solely go away your property for particular causes.
These will embody:
Training; Work, if you happen to can’t work at home; Train and leisure outdoor, both with your individual family or bubble, or alone with somebody from one other family or bubble; For medical causes, courting or to flee harm or hurt, together with home violence; To purchase meals and necessities; To offer care to weak individuals or as a volunteer.
These causes are much like these for the primary lockdown.
Which shops and locations will likely be closed?
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The listing of closures will likely be nearly equivalent to the primary lockdown.
Non-essential shops, locations of recreation and leisure will all be closed.
Pubs, bars and eating places should additionally shut, apart from take-out and supply. Alcohol take-out is prohibited, nevertheless.
As with the earlier lockdown, click on and gather providers can proceed, and important shops, together with meals, will stay open. Officers imagine that there isn’t any must retailer. The backyard facilities additionally stay open.
The definition of important retail will likely be much like the final lockdown.
Hairdressers and gymnasiums will likely be closed.
Resorts, hostels and different lodging ought to solely be opened for individuals who must journey for enterprise functions and for a restricted variety of different authorized exemptions.
Locations of worship will stay open to non-public prayer.
The closures are listed on the federal government web site as together with:
all non-essential retail companies together with, however not restricted to clothes and electronics shops, car showrooms, journey brokers, betting retailers , public sale homes, tailors, automobile washes, tobacco and vaping shops. indoor and outside recreation services equivalent to bowling alleys, recreation facilities and gymnasiums, sports activities services together with swimming swimming pools, golf programs and driving vary, dance studios, horse stables and facilities horse using, tender play services, climbing partitions and climbing facilities, archery and taking pictures grounds, water and theme parks, leisure venues equivalent to theaters, live performance halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, grownup sport facilities and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, live performance halls, zoos and different animal sights, botanical gardens; private care services equivalent to hair, magnificence and nail salons, tattoo parlors, spas, therapeutic massage parlors, physique and pores and skin piercing providers, non-medical acupuncture and tanning salons.
Can I meet family and friends?
As with the primary lockdown, any social mixing between totally different households or bubbles – inside or outdoors – will likely be banned.
The exception to this rule is that two individuals from solely two households or bubbles meet in an open public house, equivalent to a park.
This implies just one particular person from every family or bubble – no extra. And it’s a must to keep two meters from one another.
This exemption doesn’t apply to non-public gardens.
You can even proceed to satisfy individuals as a part of a Help Bubble or Youngster Care Bubble – extra on that under.
Current exemptions for workplaces and schooling, for instance, nonetheless apply.
Is the rule of six nonetheless in impact?
No, the rule of six will likely be changed by the above guidelines.
Nevertheless, he might return from December 2.
Will journey be banned?
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Sure, though it was not instantly clear whether or not this may be a authorized ban or only a guideline.
Individuals will likely be informed to not journey apart from a restricted variety of important exemptions – much like these for leaving your property (above).
Persons are not anticipated to go on trip, whether or not within the UK or overseas.
Enterprise journey – together with overseas – will nonetheless be allowed.
It was not instantly clear whether or not this may be a authorized ban or only a guideline. The present system of visitors lanes ought to stay in place.
Do I nonetheless must go to high school, college and work?
Sure, except you may work at home.
The exception to that is for individuals who have beforehand protected. They are going to be suggested to not return to work.
What are the variations between this lockdown and the March lockdown?
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The largest distinction is that faculties and different academic establishments should stay open.
The second largest distinction is that this one has a deadline of December 2.
Persons are inspired to proceed working if they can’t work at home; together with in building and manufacturing.
In one other massive distinction, individuals will likely be informed to proceed utilizing the NHS for non-Covid well being care. The concept of this lockdown is to forestall the NHS from having to cease routine care once more.
The principles for going out can even be barely looser than they had been initially in March.
In contrast to the primary lockdown, there gained't be a restrict to the variety of occasions per day you may train.
The playgrounds can even stay open, not like the primary lockdown.
Individuals can even be capable to sit within the park, together with for a picnic or on a bench.
In an open public house, equivalent to a park, individuals can meet somebody from one other family or bubble, however provided that there are solely two individuals in complete within the gathering.
Lastly, elite sport, together with the Premier League, will likely be allowed to proceed.
Do “bubbles” nonetheless exist?
Sure. Help bubbles will stay, which signifies that a family of any dimension can "bubble" with a family that has just one grownup.
These two individuals can then act as if they’re in the identical family, supplied the association is unique and they aren’t in different "bubbles".
The definition or guidelines of assist bubbles won’t change.
Childcare bubbles – which permit casual childcare for kids beneath the age of 14 – can even stay as they’re now.
Will the shielding resume?
No, the shielding won’t resume beneath the brand new lockout.
Nevertheless, “clinically extraordinarily weak” individuals – the greater than 2 million individuals who final protected themselves – will likely be urged to reduce contact with others and to not go to work if they can’t work at home. .
These individuals could also be eligible for Statutory Illness Profit (SSP) or Employment Help Allowance (ESA) however won’t obtain meals packages as in March. They’re "inspired to remain at residence as a lot as potential, however are inspired to exit for train".
The 'clinically weak', which beforehand included throughout 70 and folks with situations equivalent to diabetes and bronchial asthma, will likely be requested to be significantly cautious to comply with guidelines or decrease contact with others. .
It seems that the definition of "clinically weak" was lowered to 60 from 70 within the first lockdown.
Will permission resume?
UK residents and companies are receiving further monetary assist as a part of the federal government's plan for the subsequent section of its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Prime Minister has introduced.
The Prime Minister stated the federal government coronavirus job retention program – often known as the Furlough program – will stay open till December, with workers receiving 80% of their present pay for them. hours not labored, as much as a most of £ 2,500.
Below the expanded scheme, the fee to employers of retaining employees will likely be diminished in comparison with the present scheme, which ends immediately.
Because of this the prolonged go away program is extra beneficiant to employers than it was in October.
As well as, enterprise premises pressured to shut in England are to obtain grants of as much as £ three,000 per 30 days as a part of the Native Restrictions Help Grant.
As well as, £ 1.1bn is given to native authorities, unfold on the premise of £ 20 per capita, for one-off funds enabling them to assist companies extra broadly.
Mortgage holidays will now not finish immediately.
Are weddings and funerals canceled?
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies won’t be permitted “besides in distinctive circumstances”.
Funerals might be attended by a most of 30 individuals, and it’s endorsed that solely shut family and friends attend.
Ceremonial associated occasions equivalent to stone decors and ash scattering can even proceed with as much as 15 individuals in attendance. Anybody who works on the funeral just isn’t included on this quantity.
Social distancing must be maintained – which implies there are not any hugs.
Will the Premier League proceed?
Sure. Elite sport – together with the Premier League – can proceed as a result of it has Covid measures in place.
However newbie sport, together with the Saturday leagues, will likely be suspended at some point of the four-week lockdown.
It’s believed that golf golf equipment must shut.
Can I nonetheless have a plumber or electrician in my residence?
Sure. Individuals can break the brand new guidelines for going to work if they’ll't work at home.
This explicitly consists of "in case your job includes working in different individuals's properties".
Can I nonetheless transfer?
It appears so. No10 says residence gross sales can proceed.
Why is that this occurring now?
Officers say that they had no selection however to behave after chilling information confirmed the NHS could be overwhelmed by December.
Nevertheless, Boris Johnson's critics say the hazard has been clear for months and he's been too sluggish to reply.
Cupboard has acquired grim information indicating the NHS will likely be overwhelmed earlier than Christmas.
Ministers had been informed that, on the present trajectory of the virus, the SAGE SPI-M group estimated that the NHS will exceed its fastened mattress and surge capability within the first week of December.
This surge capability would come with Nightingale Hospitals, reallocated sources, and the cancellation of different elective surgical procedures.
Ministers had been informed that the virus is in truth growing sooner in some areas that are up to now much less affected.
The southwest could possibly be the place the northwest is immediately by November 27, in line with SPI-M estimates.
Ministers had been informed that the South East's 'doubling time' for the virus is now sooner than that of the Northwest, and that the East Midlands and West Midlands have the quickest doubling occasions within the nation.
Ministers had been additionally proven that the Bureau for Nationwide Statistics estimated that on common 568,100 (1 in 100 in England) had been contaminated with Covid-19, up from 1 in 2,300 in July.
Ministers had been informed the expansion of the virus was nationwide and that whereas the prevalence is worse in elements of the north, the R is above 1 all over the place.
Will MPs get a vote on the brand new lockdown?
Sure. The lockdown would be the topic of debate and a vote within the Home of Commons. The vote is probably going on Wednesday.
Boris Johnson spoke with Keir Starmer and the Speaker of the Commons this afternoon.
The Prime Minister will make an announcement to Parliament on Monday at three:30 p.m.