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How the UK entered and exited a national lockdown

On March 23, Boris Johnson placed the UK in a police forced lockdown with drastic measures in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

The prime minister has ordered people to leave their homes only under a list of “very limited targets”, banning mass gatherings and ordering the closure of non-essential stores.

Mr Johnson announced his phase two strategy on May 10, describing a gradual easing of restrictions, rather than a complete lifting of the lockdown. However, the reaction to his speech was fierce, with many accusing the Prime Minister of confusing the British public.

On May 11, Mr Johnson released his ‘road map’ to exit the lockdown, setting out a three-phase strategy to gradually lift the current restrictions.

Mr Johnson subsequently announced on May 28 that all five tests to facilitate the lockdown had been met, confirming that gatherings of up to six people could take place in outdoor spaces from June 1.

On June 23 – exactly three months after the country was locked down – Mr Johnson hailed the start of the end of Britain’s ‘national hibernation’.

The Prime Minister allowed families and friends to mingle inside and even go on vacation together from July 4. metre.

But Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, has warned that many new social distancing measures are expected to remain in place “until this time next year” because a coronavirus vaccine is still far away.

On July 17, Mr Johnson presented his roadmap to end the lockdown, which allowed the remaining recreation facilities to be reopened and all beauty treatments to resume from August 1. attempt to restart the economy.

The government is keen to avoid another blanket lockdown. However, preventing a national lockdown will depend on how effectively the government can respond if the infection rate rises rapidly in several parts of the UK.

Since September 14, gatherings of more than six people have been banned in England. The government has introduced these tough new measures to tackle a sharp rise in coronavirus infection rates.

On September 22, the Prime Minister announced a series of new measures, including a 10 p.m. curfew in pubs and restaurants, a 15-person ceiling for weddings and a return to work from home for office workers, which will likely remain in place until March, a year after the lockdown begins.

With the rate of new cases showing no signs of slowing down, Mr Johnson on October 12 announced a new three-tier local lockdown system. Liverpool and Manchester have been plunged into severe restrictions.

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