A third national shutdown has been put on England by Boris Johnson, shutting schools for most pupils to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed by increasing coronavirus infections.
It comes after the earlier announcement by Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland will return to a lockdown close to that implemented in March.
Announcement by Nicola Sturgeon in full as Scots face stay-at-home lockdown
On Monday night, in a televised address to the country, the prime minister reiterated the announcement by the Scottish government after coming under growing pressure to follow the lead of the rest of the UK. And reintroduce steps for lockdowns.
Tonight, Johnson urged England, with a few exceptions, to remain indoors, with the steps set to last until mid-February.
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– January 4, 2021 Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson)
Main points from the lockout announcement by Boris Johnson.
– Only for restricted purposes would people be allowed to leave their homes.
As in Scotland, Mr. Johnson said that people would be permitted to leave their homes to buy food and medication, but only as rarely as possible.
Exercise with members of one’s own household or a support bubble, or another person from another household, such as going for a walk or jog, will be allowed – preferably restricted to once a day. Exercise ought to be local.
Individuals, such as people who work in construction or are essential employees, can go to work when working from home is not possible. Others all have to work from home.
It would also be necessary for cleaners and other tradesmen to work in people’s homes.
As far as international travel is concerned, only necessary trips will be permitted.
– The lockout is expected to be held until mid-February and compliance powers will be available to the police.
The lockdown will immediately take effect and is scheduled to last until mid-February. It is expected that the February school semester will begin in the middle of the month.
-To turn to distance learning in all schools
With the exception of the children of key employees or at-risk children, all elementary and secondary schools and colleges will turn to distance learning.
Early childhood centers such as daycare and childcare centers may remain open, and there may be existing bubbles in place for childcare.
Students from colleges may not return to campus and must study at their current place of residence.
In-person classes can only take place for a select number of important courses at the university.
-Churches are required to stay open
For individual prayers and community services, houses of worship may remain open, but individuals can attend only if accompanied by their family or a companion.
With strict limits on attendance, marriages, civil union ceremonies, and funerals are permitted.
Lockdown: a full list of fair reasons for leaving home.
– In all areas, businesses will be closed
All non-essential shops, hair salons, and facilities for personal care must close.
It is likely that supermarkets, hardware stores and garden centers will remain open.
They will also be able to deliver or carry out restaurants and other hospitality facilities, but customers will not be able to add alcohol to their order.
– Those who defend themselves are not allowed to go to work
Many that are clinically at risk can remain home and only go to medical appointments and exercise and have been previously told to cover themselves.
They are told, even though they can not work from home, not to go to work.
– Playgrounds will be held open
But they will have to close outdoor gyms, tennis courts and golf courses, and team sports outdoors will not be permitted.
It will be permitted to begin with the Premier League and other top sports that already have stringent testing protocols and their own bubbles.
What about the remainder of the UK?
A few hours before the prime minister’s televised address, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in the Scottish Parliament that most of the country will be under lockdown for the rest of January.
As of Tuesday, areas currently under Level 4 – the Scottish mainland and Skye – will be under a legal order to stay at home, with exceptions for family caregivers, necessary shopping, unlimited outdoor exercise and as part of an extended household.
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