Boris Johnson announces month-long lockdown: what new measures mean for Sussex
England will be entering a second nationwide lockdown from Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.
The new measures will come into force at midnight on Thursday (November 5) and will remain in place until December 2.
The restrictions will be similar to those seen in March, with non-essential shops, gyms and hospitality venues forced to close. The furlough scheme will be extended through November and will end in December.
Like the first lockdown, people will only be allowed to leave their homes for a limited number of reasons: for work, exercise, education, for medical reasons, to shop for food and essentials and to care for others.
Mr Johnson also repeated the message from the spring lockdown: “Stay at home.”
However, schools, colleges and universities will be kept open throughout the new measures.
People have also been advised to continue using NHS services, and turning up to hospital appointments, throughout the lockdown measures.
Courts will remain open and outdoor exercise and recreation will be encouraged.
There will be a ban on households mixing indoors – except for childcare reasons. Single adults will be able to form an exclusive bubble with one other household.
Boris Johnson said all pubs and restaurants will be forced to close, but takeaways and deliveries will be permitted, while travel within the UK will be discouraged.
Those over the age of 60 have been advised to stick to the new measures, and those most at risk have been asked to work at home where they can.
Today’s announcement comes after documents, seen by the BBC, show the UK is on course for a higher death toll than seen in March and April, with a worst-case scenario of more than 4,000 deaths a day.
Today saw the UK’s total number of Covid-19 cases pass the one million mark. There have been a total of 1,011,660 cases across the UK.
Another 326 Covid-related deaths were announced today, bringing the UK death toll to 46,555, according to government figures. Another 21,915 cases were also recorded in the latest 24 hour period.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation was originally scheduled for 4pm, but was delayed until 5pm, before it was again pushed back until 6.30pm.
At 6.50pm, he told the nation: “The virus is spreading faster than the reasonable worst-case scenario. Unless we act we could see deaths at several thousands a day.
“Now is the time to action because there is no alternative.”
Mr Johnson said Christmas will be different this year but he hopes taking action now will allow people to be together for the holiday period.
He will set out his plans to MPs on Monday with a vote expected on Wednesday.