Boris Johnson says the limitations will last at least six weeks and schools will be closed before half-term in February.
Boris Johnson has confirmed that England will experience the toughest national lockdown since March, with schools closed and people required to leave the house once a day for at least six weeks of exercise, as the number of people in the hospital hits new highs.
By half-term in February, all students will turn to distance learning, the prime minister said in an address to the country, and it is unlikely that GCSE and A-level exams will be able to go forward as expected.
They are ordered to close all non-essential firms.
As part of the third national lockdown, until at least Feb. 15, individuals in England are advised to remain at home and go to sports only once a day.
The tough new steps are scheduled to be introduced into effect by MPs on Wednesday, while stores will be forced to close on Monday evening.
People around the country will only be permitted to leave their homes for work – and only if they are unable to work from home – and for food and medication that are necessary. Movement from another household with another person is permitted, but it is advised to remain local and restrict activity to once a day.
Other reasons for leaving home are limited to finding medical attention, preventing imminent harm, or receiving critical supplies.
With the exception of the children of key staff and vulnerable children, all primary schools, middle schools, and colleges will be closed. Examinations for pupils in England, subject to a final decision by Ofqual, are unlikely to take place as anticipated. Nurseries, complementary facilities and special schools will remain open and current childcare bubble guidelines will be enforced.
Students will not be able to return to university and must study until mid-February online from their current home.
In-person classes for a limited range of essential courses, such as pharmacy, may be available.
If they aren’t already, all non-essential retail and hospitality companies must stay closed or close.
Restaurants and other venues will still be able to deliver or take away, but due to concerns about people congregating in pubs and bars with takeaway drinks, alcohol will no longer be permitted to be taken away or by ‘click and collect’.
Worship places which remain open, including the provision of community services and playgrounds, subject to social distancing, but outdoor sports facilities, tennis courts and golf courses may have to be closed. Team sports outdoors will not be permitted, however professional sports will proceed, including the Premier League.
People at serious clinical risk would be encouraged to protect themselves as much as possible, and even if they do not work from home, they should not go to work, the government recommends.
The shielding is supposed to take place as soon as possible by statute, with rules set on Tuesday and voted on by Wednesday’s lawmakers. Johnson, however, said that beginning tonight, the new rules should be enforced, and that corporations and the public should not wait for the laws to be passed.
On Monday, the Prime Minister was told of the rapid rise in the number of cases in all parts of the world. It was recommended by senior medical officials that the U.K. For the first time, the highest coronavirus warning level – five – will be introduced.
On January 4, in England, 26,626 covid patients were in hospital, up 30% from a week earlier. On April 12, the peak number of admissions was 18,374 in the first wave; the country is now 40 percent above that amount.
As of December 29, there had been 80,664 positive tests across the UK, with a case rate three times that of early December.