PM Boris Johnson on Saturday declared a second public lockdown across England in the midst of the danger of the second wave of infections overwhelming the health services.
In a news discussion in Downing Street on Saturday, Johnson declared a four-week lockdown across England beginning from November 5, Thursday.
The announcement came as cases over the United Kingdom surpassed 1 million marks. The loss of life from the infection has surpassed 46,000 with more than 20,000 new cases being accounted for every day.
“In this country, as across much of Europe, the virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst-case scenario of our scientific advisers. If we fail to take action, then there is a real risk of depriving non-COVID patients of the care that they need from the NHS,” the UK PM said in a briefing.
Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues to remain closed.
As part of the new principles, insignificant shops, relaxation and amusement settings have been requested to stay shut. Bars, bars and restaurants may be permitted to work for takeaway and delivery services.
“You may leave your home for work, for exercise, with your household or on your own with one person from another household, to shop for food and essentials, for medical care and to provide care for others,” PM said.
The government will also allow single adult households to form “exclusive support bubbles” with one other household, and children will be allowed to move between homes if their parents are separated.
In spite of the nationwide lockdown across the country, schools, universities and colleges have been permitted to stay open.
The lockdown starting structure Thursday will end on December 2 post which restrictions will be eased on a nearby and territorial premise “according to the latest data and trends.”
“While Christmas will be very different this year, it is my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action now, we can allow families across the country to be together,” Johnson said.