Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that England will now enter a national lockdown and people are urged to “stay at home”, as they did in the first lockdown of March last year.
In an eight-minute TV address, Boris Johnson has revealed that England will now face a national lockdown due to the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases, due to the new strain of coronavirus.
As of this evening, the tiers system will be replaced by a nationwide lockdown.
This is the third time that a national lockdown has been enforced, with this latest shutdown expected to last until at least mid-February.
It has been urged that people “stay at home” unless you are under one of the five exceptions:
- To shop for necessities such as food and medicine
- If you cannot work from home. For example, if you are a keyworker or construction worker, then you are allowed to travel to work
- To help or provide care for a vulnerable person
- To attend a medical appointment, if you need medical care, or to flee the threat of harm or violence
- To exercise once per day at a local location. This can include a person from outside another person’s household or childcare/support bubble
From tomorrow, all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will be required to do online learning.
However, childcare and support bubbles will stay in place and nurseries will be allowed to remain open.
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