Written by on October 31, 2020

Boris Johnson has today (Saturday) announced a month-long lockdown for England from Thursday 5 November.

The proposed new measures will last until 2 December and see non-essential shops and hospitality venues close along with gyms and hairdressers.

People can only leave their homes for specific reasons such as education, shopping for food/essentials and work (when this isn’t possible from home).

People must not meet socially indoors with people they don’t live with unless they are part of their support bubble.

Exercise and visits to outdoor public places are allowed with others from the same household or with one person from another household.

Places of worship will be closed unless they are being used for funerals, individual prayer and other exempted activities.

Funerals can still be attended by a maximum of 30 people.

Weddings will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Travel is advised against unless necessary for work and all holidays will be banned.

The announcement comes after the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions in England have gone past their “worst-case” scenario.

Luton is currently in Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions until Thursday.

The Prime Minister said restrictions would be eased and regions would go back to the tiered system after 2 December.

MPs are expected to vote on these new measures on Wednesday and if approved will be implemented on Thursday.

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