The PM announces new action due to the “frustrating and alarming” speed at which the new coronavirus variant is spreading.
Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England – with people instructed to “stay at home” as they did during last March’s first shutdown.
The prime minister revealed the action in an eight-minute TV address on Monday night, after being told that COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in every part of the country due to the new coronavirus variant.
The public are being asked to follow the new rules, which have now replaced England’s tiers system, immediately.
It is expected the new lockdown in England – the third time a national shutdown has been introduced – will last until the middle of February.
Mr Johnson expressed his hope that, at this point, nearly 14 million people will have all been offered the first dose of a vaccine.
From now, people across the whole of England must now stay at home apart from for a limited number of exceptions including:
• for work, if people cannot work from home, such as those in the construction sector or key workers
• to shop for necessities such as food or medicines
• to exercise once per day at a local location. This can include with one other person from outside someone’s household or support/childcare bubble
• to provide care or help to vulnerable people
• to attend medical appointments, get medical care or a coronavirus test, or to flee the threat of harm or violence.