Second national lockdown: what places will be forced to close and what will be allowed to stay open


England could enter a second domestic lockdown next week.Boris Johnson is reported to be holding a conference on Monday detailing the government’s new plans.

Lockdown 2.0 is expected to be cabinet approved before it can move forward, but it is likely to be approved.

The nation has been in a localized lockdown for a few weeks, but it is understood the PM is under pressure to take a tougher approach.

The government is “hesitating” over a short circuit breaker and whether to follow the science, according to shadow Labor Minister Lucy Powell, Birmingham Live reports.

She told BBC Breakfast: ‘The government’s hesitation on this and its unwillingness to follow the science means we missed the mid-term vacation when it could have had the most impact.

“Looks like it’s gonna have to be longer than it should have been because we’re doing it too late. “

Will pubs and restaurants close?

Pubs, bars and restaurants, casinos, gyms, recreation centers and other non-essential businesses are likely to be closed.

At current level 3, pubs and bars have been forced to close unless they are serving large meals.

Betting shops, adult gaming centers, and casinos have closed and people have been told to avoid traveling outside of their area.

Are the “non-essential” stores?

Essential stores will remain open, but it’s unclear what will happen to non-essential businesses.

All stores selling non-essential items, including clothing and electronics stores, will be closed.

Announcing the first lockdown in March, Mr Johnson said: ‘You shouldn’t go shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do it as little as possible. And use food delivery services where you can.

“If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the power to enforce them, including fines and breaking up gatherings. “

Will there be travel restrictions?

People will be urged to avoid traveling outside of their region and staying overnight elsewhere will be banned.

This is currently the case in level 3 zones anyway.

What will happen to the schools?

It has yet to be finalized, but it is likely that everything will be closed except essential stores and educational establishments, which include nurseries, schools and universities.

Stricter measures for the most affected regions are also being considered.

The UK, Italy, Spain and France imposed national lockdowns when they were hit hard by the first wave.

They were able to ease restrictions in early summer, including reopening trips involving countries on ‘safe’ lists, but this was followed by an increase in cases at the end of the summer, which has now dramatically increased, pushing for the reimposition of locks.


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