Northeast and Tees Valley
The northeast and the Valley of the Tees have been subject to Level 2 restrictions.
Cela comprend Newcastle, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, Durham, Northumberland, Middlesbrough, Redcar et Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington et Hartlepool.
West Yorkshire et Leeds
West Yorkshire and Leeds were subject to level 2 restrictions.
Affected areas include Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.
Wales is now on lockdown after Prime Minister Mark Drakeford announced that a 17-day ‘firewall’ designed to contain the latest spike in coronavirus cases would be introduced across Wales.
The break started on Friday October 23; it includes the mid-term vacation and will last until Monday 9 November.
After discussions with the Welsh cabinet, Mr Drakeford said a ‘short, sharp shock to turn back the clock, slow the virus down and give us more time’ was accepted.
‘Everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home, this means working from home wherever possible, and the only exceptions will be critical workers and jobs where working from home is just not possible Mr. Drakeford said at a press conference.
“All non-essential retail, entertainment, hospitality and tourism businesses will shut down as they should during the March lockdown.”
Community centers, libraries and recycling centers will close, and places of worship will no longer be able to organize regular services except for funerals and weddings.
“This firewall is the shortest we can make, but that means it will have to be sharp and deep to have the impact we need on the virus,” he added.
After the mid-term holiday, primary and special schools will reopen, Mr Drakeford said.
For secondary schools, only years 7 and 8 will normally return after the holidays.
“Other children who take exams will be able to attend, but all other students will continue to learn at home,” he said.
Universities will continue to offer in-person and online classes, but students must stay at home in their university accommodation under the new rules.
During the firewall, people will be prohibited from meeting people outside their homes both indoors and outdoors, unless they are in a bubble of support.
In addition, all non-essential travel to Wales has been essentially banned with increased border restriction on travel within the country.
People living in areas with high coronavirus rates in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not allowed to travel to Wales.
London switched to level 2 coronavirus restrictions on October 17, subjecting around nine million people to new, more stringent restrictions.
Sadiq Khan warned Londoners they had to face a “difficult winter ahead”, adding that “no one wanted to see restrictions, but they are necessary”.
The rates are currently 97 per 100,000 and rising, and there will now be a ban on different households from meeting indoors.
People should aim to reduce the number of trips they take when possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid rush hours and public transport routes.
The rule of six will continue to apply outdoors and in private gardens.