News 31 October 2020

Boris Johnson confirms plans for new month-long national lockdown

31 October 2020

After much speculation and debate, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed his plans to impose a new month-long lockdown across England. 

This lockdown will see the closure of non-essential shops, pubs, leisure and entertainment venues and restaurants. Mixing of households will be banned except for outside of support groups.

Takeaways will remain open and workplaces will stay open for those who are unable to work from home.

Schools, universities and colleges will remain open. The lockdown is set last until the 2nd of December and will begin this Thursday (5th November). 

Once again, people will only be permitted to leave their home for specified reasons such as work, essential shopping, exercise, care and to escape harm. 

The furlough scheme will be extended through November and until December. 

The news comes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK passes the one million mark.

Boris also confirmed that the army has been brought in to deal with logistics.

Speaking at a press conference today, Boris said, “Now is the time to take action because there is no alternative.”

He added, “We have to be humble in the face of nature.”