England’s evolving coronavirus protection strategy: a timeline.


A series of last-minute U-turns and announcements followed the November blocking decision.

Since the November lockdown began, as infections skyrocketed and a new strain of the virus appeared, the government’s coronavirus strategy for England has changed many times.

Oct. 31: A new four-week lockdown in England is declared by the prime minister, shortly after Wales started a two-week lockdown.

Nov. 2: Boris Johnson promises Tory MPs that, “beyond a shadow of a doubt.” the lockdown steps will end on Dec. 2.

Nov. 5: In England, the four-week lockout starts.

Nov. 9: Wales ends its two-week lockout.

Nov. 13: Britain declares a shorter quarantine starting Dec. 15 for travelers via a “test and release” scheme.

Nov. 23: A tightened three-tier structure is released by the government that now allows places in the highest tier to close pubs and restaurants.

Dec. 2: The national closure ends and the limits on the new tier take effect.

Tier 2, where restaurants and pubs are available to people from the same household who can eat inside, and households who can meet outside, is situated in London and most of the Southeast, where numbers are increasing rapidly.

Dec. 14: London, most of Essex and parts of Hertfordshire are put in Tier 3 ahead of the official review date, as Matt Hancock says a new strain of Covid-19 allows the virus to spread faster. A joint editorial released by the British Medical Journal and Health Service Journal calls on the state to cancel proposals for the five-day Christmas shuffle.

Dec. 15: Johnson will resist calls to curb Christmas constraints, Downing Street announces. Gove talks with governments that have been devolved and decides to keep Christmas arrangements as previously agreed.

Dec. 19: Johnson announces new Tier 4 restrictions in southeast England, where Christmas will not allow households to assemble and non-essential businesses will remain closed. Only on Christmas Day will households in the Lower Tiers be permitted to meet. Nicola Sturgeon declares that Tier 4 will cover all of Scotland and that travel in and out of the rest of the UK will be forbidden.

Dec. 20: Travel restrictions for the United Kingdom are announced by countries around the world.

Dec. 22: The government is secretly warned by scientists not to reopen schools as expected.

Dec. 28: Pressure mounts to close schools from unions and teachers.

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30 Dec. Williamson declares that after the Christmas holidays, schools in certain English areas with high Covid 19 rates will be closed for the first week or two of January, reversing his previous position. The legislative recess is being extended by the House of Commons until Jan. 18.

Jan. 4: Johnson says there is “no question” that to deal with increasingly increasing infection numbers, the government must tighten coronavirus restrictions.

The Prime Minister declares that he will hold a press conference at 8 p.m. in the midst of growing demands for a radical change of policy, and Parliament is reminded of Jan. 6.


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