England set for four-week lockdown from Thursday

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 1 November 2020

AS ANNOUNCED yesterday evening (31 October 2020) by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in his coronavirus presser, England are set to be placed in a second national lockdown starting next Thursday.

Coronavirus letter and face mask (Unsplash)

At the time of publication, there are still only four days until the newly-announced lockdown will come into place, when it starts on Thursday 5 November next week at 12.01am.

England will be ‘locked down’ for a total of 27 days from 5 November until 2 December.

Unlike the first lockdown back in March, schools, Universities, and Colleges, shall remain open for their students.

Non-essential travel needs to be avoided by individuals when possible, although, indivuiduals are allowed to travel during the lockdown for essential trips only.

Essential trips

  • Shopping for essentials
  • Travelling to a place of education
  • ‘Care responsibilities’
  • Travelling to work if it is open, or unable to work from home
  • Visiting a GP or medical appointment

Business types ordered to close

The following lists are categories of the trading sectors which have been ordered to close by the Government throughout the duration of the four-week lockdown.

Non-essential retail

Clothing stores, electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.

Leisure facilities

Bowling alleys, leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water parks, and theme parks.

Entertainment venues

Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos, animal attractions, and botanical gardens.

Personal care facilities

Hair salons, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Retailers providing non-essential services have been told to close to shoppers inside, however, they will be able to provide click-and-collect delivery services.

Restaurants and drinking establishments in the hospitality sector will close their doors, but they may still provide takeaway food to customers, although alcohol isn’t allowed to be delivered.

Further information

Those living in England will not be able to stay in their second homes, or travel on holiday abroad or to other parts of the UK. However, those having to travel as a part of their work will be able to.

Individuals will still need to wear face coverings whilst picking up essentials during shopping visits, unless they are exempt.

You can visit outdoor public places or exercise with one of another household outdoors. These outdoor places are: Parks, benches, the countryside, public gardens, allotments, and playgrounds. Individuals are not allowed to meet in private gardens.

All places of worship will close their doors, unless they are being repurposed for different reasons, such as: funerals, food banks, blood donation, streaming acts of worship, individual prayer, or formal childcare.

Manufacturing workplaces and constriction site workers will be able to continue to work as these workspaces shall remain open, as the Government state that ‘this is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers’.

Civil partnership ceremonies and weddings will not go ahead. The Government website further explain these can be held in ‘exceptional circumstances’.

A total of 30 people only will be able to attend funerals.

For more information and list of what you can and can’t do during amidst the four week lockdown in England, visit the official Government’s ‘National Restrictions’ list, linked here.

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