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Wednesday, 17 July 2024 – 21:27

Stay At Home, Protect The NHS, Save Lives – Boris Johnson confirms month-long lockdown in England

Boris Johnson has confirmed that England will enter a month-long period of new national restrictions from Thursday.

Under the new measures, people will be required to stay at home, except for a limited number of reasons. People across the country will be banned from meeting others in indoor settings that they do not live and they can only meet one person from outside their household outdoors.

Educational settings will remain open during the lockdown, unlike in the Spring lockdown earlier this year, however, pubs, bars, restaurants, gyms, other entertainment and leisure venues and non-essential retail will all close. Takeaways and delivery outlets will be allowed to stay open.

The lockdown period will take place from Thursday 5 November and will end on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Mr Johnson confirmed the new measures in a news conference from Downing Street on Saturday evening, after many details of a potential lockdown had already been leaked to the press.

The lockdown comes as COVID-19 is spreading rapidly throughout the country. The total number of cases recorded in the UK since the start of the pandemic has now surpassed one million, standing at 1,011,660.

The new measures are only for people in England – Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own restrictions in place. 


What can I do during the lockdown?

You must stay at home except for specific reasons including; 

    • Education
    • Work, but only if you cannot work from home
    • Exercise
    • Medical reasons
    • To escape injury or harm
    • To shop for food and/or essentials
    • To provide care for vulnerable people or to volunteer (support bubbles remain effective)

You can continue to visit public parks during the lockdown, provided this does not breach the rules on not meeting with more than one person from outside of your household. 

Places of worship will be able to remain open for private prayer, but no services will be allowed. Funerals will still be allowed but with close family members present only.

Courts and vets are to remain open and people should continue to use the NHS and attend booked appointments unless advised otherwise.

Travel within the UK is discouraged and international travel is banned, except for the purposes of essential work. 

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