Jan, 5th 2020 – England has imposed a new coronavirus lockdown, which is expected to last until February as the number of positive cases has seriously spiked.
The prime minister, Borris Johnson has warned that the coming weeks would be the hardest yet. He said that those in the top four priority groups who are All care home residents and their caregivers, everyone aged 70 years and above, all frontline health and social care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable would be offered a first vaccine dose by the middle of next month.
Mr. Johnson said, “It is clear that we need to do more to bring this new variant under control, that means the government is once again instructing you to stay at home.”
Johnson reimposed measures seen during the first lockdown including closures of secondary and primary schools to all except children of key workers and vulnerable children.
In regards to the measures, those who are clinically vulnerable have been advised to limit the time they spend outside the home. They have however been asked to go out only for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential and not for work or education purposes.
International travel or travel around the UK is only permitted for essential reasons while essential businesses and services have been permitted to stay open to the public.
These esential businesses are supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies, places of worship, petrol stations, Banks and post offices, doctors and dentists’ surgeries and vets, car parks, public toilets and playgrounds.
However, hospitality businesses such as pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops must close as well as indoor and outdoor sports facilities including gyms and tennis courts.