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Michael Gove warns in March that the earliest lockdown can be gradually eased


The new lock in England at a glance

England is placed on a full national lockdown that will last until halfway through February.

According to the new rules:

  • All elementary and secondary schools also close immediate effect
  • Lessons remain only for vulnerable students and children of key workers.
  • They are due to reopen after the half-time break in February.
  • It is unlikely that A-Level and GCSE exams will run as planned in the summer.
  • The universities will remain closed to students until mid-February.
  • Kindergartens remain fully open.
  • The public should stay home unless they have to leave for one of only five reasons: when they cannot work from home, shop for necessities, play sports, provide care, and for medical treatment or emergencies.
  • All non-essential retailers, hospitality and "personal care" like hairdressers must close.
  • Restaurants and other eateries can continue to operate for takeout and delivery.
  • However, pubs are no longer allowed to offer take-away alcohol sales.
  • Children's playgrounds remain open.
  • All indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including golf courses, gyms, swimming pools, and tennis courts, must be closed, and team sports cannot take place outdoors.
  • Elite sports such as the Premier League can be pursued according to their own standards.

The instructions are aimed at people who are fit and healthy.

There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely susceptible to coronavirus and for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.

You shouldn't go to work, school, college, or university and limit the amount of time you spend outside the home. The instructions state that you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important.

The rules for all people in England also state:

  • You can't leave home to socialize with someone who you don't live with or who you're not in a support bubble with (unless you are legally allowed to form one).
  • You can train on your own, with someone else, or with your household or support bubble.
  • You shouldn't meet anyone else you don't live with or with whom you've formed a support bubble unless there is a valid reason why you can.
  • Stay 2 meters away from people who are not in your household.

Detailed instructions on national blocking:

You are not allowed to leave your home or be outside of it unless you have a "reasonable excuse". This is regulated by law. The police can take action against you if you leave the house without a “reasonable apology” and impose a fine (Fixed Penalty).

You can get a fixed fine of £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.

A "reasonable apology" includes:

  • Work – You can only leave home for work if it is inappropriate for you to do your work from home
  • Volunteering – You can also leave home to do volunteer or community service
  • Essential Activities – You can leave home to buy things in stores or get services. You can also leave home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person, or someone who is self-isolating
  • Education and Childcare – You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children that you are eligible to attend.
  • Meeting with Others and Care – You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to form one), to informally care for children under the age of 14 under a child care bubble (e.g. to Parents to work) in order to look after disabled or vulnerable people
  • Exercise – You can continue to exercise alone, with someone else, or with your household or support bladder, limited to once a day and not outside of your area
  • Medical Reasons – You can leave home for medical reasons, including a COVID-19 test for medical appointments and emergencies
  • Harm and Compassionate Visits – You can leave the house to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness, or to avoid the risk of harm (such as domestic violence).
  • You can also leave the house to visit someone who is dying, someone in a nursing home (if this is permitted under the guidance of the nursing home), a hospice or hospital, or to accompany them to a doctor's appointment
  • Animal welfare reasons – You can leave the house for animal welfare reasons, e.g. B. to consult or treat a veterinarian
  • Communal Worship and Life Events – You can leave home to attend or attend a place of worship for communal worship, funeral or event related to a death, burial site or memorial garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony.

There are other reasonable excuses. For example, you may leave your home to comply with legal obligations or to engage in activities related to buying, selling, renting or renting a residential property, or when it is reasonable to vote in an election or referendum.

Michael Gove today warned strongly that the lockdown will not be gradually lifted until March – and that the schedule will depend on the government achieving its ambitious vaccination targets.

The Cabinet Minister admitted there was no "certainty" that the brutal pressures Boris Johnson put on England last night will be eased in late February, as hoped.

The Prime Minister has set himself the goal of giving more than 13 million vulnerable people first doses of vaccine over the next seven weeks, although doubts have already been expressed as to whether this is possible.

But Mr Gove warned that even in the best case scenario, not all of the curbs will go away as he long-term prepared the weary public for the rapidly spreading new variant of the coronavirus.

In a round of interviews, Mr Gove said that a review of the situation would take place at mid-February.

"We hope we can gradually lift the restrictions after that, but I can't predict – no one can predict – exactly what we can relax and when," he told Sky News.

"We know that the more effective our vaccination program, the easier it will be to lift these restrictions, the more people are protected in this way."

The grave reservations came after the prime minister made another extraordinary U-turn by throwing the country into a March-style lockdown. The NHS risked being overrun within weeks if it didn't act.

Just a day after urging parents to send their children back, Mr Johnson stated in a grim address from No. 10 that elementary and secondary schools will be closed starting today and only the vulnerable and offspring of key workers will be allowed to enter.

Kindergartens can remain open. However, university students are instructed to stay at home and study remotely, while GCSE and A-level exams do not go as planned.

Teens may not know how to replace their exams for weeks and Ofsted is expected to launch a consultation, despite government sources saying some contingency plans have already been considered.

The new guidelines, which will be released overnight and are not strictly necessary, will have to close all hospitality, gyms and swimming pools. Rishi Sunak is due to present another package of assistance today as fears about the impact on the economy mount.

Cafes, bars and restaurants are allowed to serve take-away meals. However, due to the tightening of the draconian measures last spring, they are not allowed to serve alcohol. Endangered persons are asked to shield if possible.

The public is only allowed to leave the house for one of five reasons: go to work if necessary, shop for necessities, play sports – be with someone from another household, take care of someone, or seek medical help.

The common worship service can be continued with social distancing.

Those who break the rules can expect £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.

The extraordinary third national pressure will go into effect early Wednesday morning after the rules are finalized today, but Mr Johnson urged the public to adopt the new rules now. MEPs will vote on them on Wednesday, when parliament is recalled, despite no prospect of defeat.

Sitting behind a desk on Downing Street with his hands crossed, Mr Johnson made it clear that there is no chance they will be kept for at least seven weeks – and possibly longer if the vaccine roll out doesn't go well.

“Our hospitals have been under more pressure than ever since the beginning of the pandemic. It is clear that we need to do more while our vaccines are being rolled out, ”he said.

He said it was "not possible or fair" for exams to go ahead as usual this summer.

"The weeks ahead are going to be the toughest, but I really believe we're reaching the end of the fight," he said, promising that by mid-February the top four categories on the vaccine distribution list had their first pushes.

There are 13.2 million people in the top 4 groups on the vaccination list – nursing home residents and those over 80, frontline health workers, those over 70, and those at risk.

However, the prime minister admitted that all he could do was give assurances that the situation would improve, provided that our understanding of the virus does not change again.

He said, “By mid-February, when things are going well and there is a good wind in our sails, we expect to have given the first dose of vaccine to all of the four highest priority groups identified by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee.

“That means that everyone in an older adult care home and their caregivers will be vaccinated, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social workers, and anyone who is at extreme clinical risk.

“If we can vaccinate all of these groups, we will have removed a large number of people from the path of the virus.

"And of course that will allow us to lift many of the restrictions we have been through for so long."

Mr Johnson said he had no choice after being faced with disastrous numbers by science chiefs today about the burden on the NHS.

Hospital patients with coronavirus had risen 40 percent over a week and are now taller than when the first wave peaked.

Union leader Keir Starmer said the move was "imperative" and that his MPs would support them and effectively guarantee their approval in the lower house. But he criticized the government for not changing course sooner.

High-ranking Tory MPs had joined the opposition and called for another national ban. But the idea of ​​tightening restrictions is likely to spark the anger of other conservatives who insist that the country's experience with the pandemic shows lockdowns don't work and cripples the economy.

As England wakes up to a third national lockdown and months of more coronavirus mayhem:

  • Rishi Sunak announced today more £ 4.6 billion bailouts for lockdown-hit businesses as economists warned of the "colossal" blow of the growing pandemic.
  • Arrivals at UK borders must demonstrate that they have tested negative for Covid in another major government U-turn in the past 72 hours.
  • Streets and town centers were quiet as the British digested the new restrictions on their lives;
  • The extent of the problem was underscored when the last dismal daily record was released of 58,784 new cases – a 42 percent increase last Monday.

Michael Gove admitted there was no "certain" that the brutal pressures Boris Johnson put on England last night will be eased in late February as hoped

Speaking on Downing Street, Mr Johnson said, “Our hop towns have been under more pressure than ever since the pandemic began. It is clear that we need to do more while our vaccines are being rolled out. & # 39;

Speaking on Downing Street, Mr Johnson said, “Our hop towns have been under more pressure than ever since the pandemic began. It is clear that we need to do more while our vaccines are being rolled out. & # 39;

Downing Street released a series of slides showing the country's problem with the new variant of the virus - the evidence that appears to have compelled Mr Johnson to make his last extraordinary U-turn

Downing Street released a series of slides showing the country's problem with the new variant of the virus – the evidence that appears to have compelled Mr Johnson to make his last extraordinary U-turn

Hundreds of thousands of non-essential retailers are forced to keep their doors closed under England's third nationwide lockdown

Hundreds of thousands of non-essential retailers are forced to keep their doors closed under England's third nationwide lockdown

The Joint Biosecurity Center today recommended lowering the alert level for Covid-19

ALL YOUR LOCKDOWN QUESTIONS ANSWERED

By Claire Ellicott, Political Correspondent for the Daily Mail and Henry Martin for MailOnline

Why is England being banned again?

Cases caused by the new, more contagious variant of Covid-19 are increasing rapidly in all parts of the country. Over the past week, they're up 30 percent, and the number is 40 percent higher than the peak of the first wave in April. Medical experts have warned the NHS could be overwhelmed in 21 days if action is not taken.

How long it will take?

Until mid-February. It will then be reviewed.

Can i see family and friends?

Mixing households indoors is not allowed outside of support bladders. You can meet someone outside of your household to exercise outdoors.

If I'm in a bubble with someone, can I still see them?

The support bladder system – in which a single person can mate with another household – can continue. Bubbles to aid childcare are also still allowed.

Are schools closing?

Yes. All elementary and secondary schools and colleges must close and switch to online learning, with the exception of the children of key workers and the most at risk. Universities must also remain closed. Providers at a young age such as kindergartens and special schools can remain open.

Are GCSEs and Abitur canceled?

Boris Johnson said it was not possible or fair for all exams to run as normal this summer. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will work to create alternative regulations.

Do churches and other places of worship remain open?

Yes, they can open up to individual prayer and common worship.

Can I vacation in the UK or abroad?

No, only essential trips are allowed.

Will the playgrounds stay open?

In contrast to the first ban, yes.

Can i move home

Yes, you can still view houses and move home.

Can I let my cleaner or plumber into my house?

Yes, important visits from artisans can continue.

Can i still exercise?

You can exercise outdoors with your household, your support bladder, or alone with someone from another household. Exercise should be limited to once a day and local, which means you shouldn't be driving to a beauty spot.

Can i play golf or tennis?

Courses and courts must be closed.

Is professional sport affected?

Elite sports that are Covid-safe and have bladder systems can continue.

Will there be additional financial support?

The holiday program will remain in effect until April.

Can I leave my house to get a Covid vaccine?

Yes, you can leave home for any medical appointment.

Will garden centers be open?

Yes.

Are restaurants open?

Not for in-house dining, but cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can serve take-away and soft drinks until 11pm.

Won't essential retailers like clothing stores be open?

No. However, click-and-collect services can continue.

What about hairdressers and beauty salons?

No, they are one of the non-essential businesses that will have to close.

Can i go to work

Only when you absolutely cannot work from home. This means the construction industry can keep working and key employees can keep going to work.

Can i get married

Only in exceptional cases, such as when people die or have debilitating conditions.

I had to "shield" the last time – do I have to do that again?

Yes. Those who are clinically at risk and who have previously been ordered to shield themselves should stay home and only go to medical appointments or exercise. You will shortly receive a letter informing you of this.

Can i travel to my second home?

Travel is only permitted for essential work, purchases for necessities, exercise, care for vulnerable and medical reasons.

Which shops are open?

Grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centers, builders and suppliers of building products and off-licenses, as well as market stalls selling important retail stores, may remain open.

Can i go to the bank?

Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer companies can remain open.

Can I take my pet to the vet?

Veterinarians and retailers of products and food for animal maintenance and welfare can remain open, as can animal rescue centers

What about public institutions?

Parking lots, public toilets and motorway service areas, as well as outdoor playgrounds, parts of the outdoor botanical garden and cultural heritage sites may remain open

In his speech to the nation, the Prime Minister said the previous tiers would have been enough to tackle Covid as it was originally, but the new variant – which is 50 to 70 percent more transferable – spread in a frustrating and alarming manner.

"As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than they have ever been since the pandemic began," he said.

Mr Johnson said the number of Covid patients in hospitals in England rose by almost a third to almost 27,000 in the past week – around 40 percent more than the first high in April.

On December 29th, "more than 80,000 people across the UK tested positive for Covid" the number of deaths has increased by 20 percent in the past week "and will unfortunately continue to rise".

"With most of the country, or perhaps under extreme measures, it is clear that we must do more together to get this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out," he said.

"So in England we have to go into a national lockdown that is tough enough to contain this variant."

Mr Johnson said parents could reasonably ask why decisions about schools weren't made "earlier".

"The answer is simply that we did everything in our power to keep schools open because we know how important each day in education is to children's life chances," he said.

“And I want to emphasize that the problem is not that schools are unsafe for children. It is still very unlikely that children will be severely affected by the new variant of Covid.

"The problem is that schools can still act as vectors, causing the virus to spread between households."

Mr Johnson said the move to school meant "it is not possible or fair for all exams to go through as usual this summer".

He said Education Secretary Gavin Williamson would work with the Ofqual regulator to "make alternative arrangements".

The Prime Minister added: "We will provide additional support to ensure that students who are eligible for free school meals continue to receive them while schools are closed and we will distribute more devices to support distance learning work."

The Prime Minister suggested that England could "steadily" exit the lockdown from mid-February – but he severely curtailed his optimism, a sign that the crisis could drag on for much longer.

"Unless our understanding of the virus changes dramatically again, if the rollout of the vaccination program continues to be successful, if deaths begin to decline as the vaccine takes effect, and – critically – if everyone plays their part by following the rules, then I hope we can steadily move out of the lockdown, reopen schools after the February halftime, and cautiously begin moving regions down, "said Johnson.

“I must emphasize that even if we achieve this goal, there is still a two to three week delay from a sting to obtaining immunity.

& # 39; And there will be another time lag before pressure on the NHS is relieved. So we should be cautious about the upcoming timetable. & # 39;

He rounded off his shabby address by repeating the mantra from the first lockdown: "Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives".

"I want to say to everyone across the UK that I know how difficult it is," he said.

“And I know how frustrated you are, and I know that you have led more than enough of the government to fight this virus.

"But now, more than ever, we have to pull together."

He warned that "the coming weeks will be the most difficult" but "with every push that goes into our arms we tilt the odds against Covid and in favor of the British people".

"Thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight, but we know exactly how to get there."

Even the Isles of Scilly didn't escape and went straight from Tier 1 to Full Lockdown.

No10 sources insisted the government wants to go back to a tiering system once the virus wears off and vaccinations make it possible.

Businesses expressed dismay at the new policy, which could further affect the economy.

UK Chambers of Commerce Director General Adam Marshall said: "Businesses will understand why the Prime Minister was forced to respond to the growing public health threat, but they will be amazed and disappointed that he has not announced any additional support for those affected has business alongside these new restrictions. & # 39;

Emma McClarkin, General Manager of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: & # 39; A third lockdown is another blow to our industry. Especially after Christmas and New Years, when many pubs were closed for what was expected to be the busiest time of the year.

& # 39; Today's announcement adds to the plight of the pubs as it shows they are still a long way from being able to reopen properly. The road to recovery for the pub sector just got longer. & # 39;

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the government should have gone further by extending the rules for wearing face masks to busy outdoor areas and tightening controls at borders.

"This government announcement of a full national lockdown was inevitable," said Khan.

"It is unclear why it took Boris Johnson so long to come to this conclusion."

The latest infection list meant the UK passed the 50,000 daily infection milestone for a week, suggesting that the easing of restrictions this Christmas fueled the outbreak.

Health ministry chiefs recorded 407 more deaths, up just 14 percent from the previous week.

However, it can take several weeks for infected patients to become seriously ill and succumb to the disease, meaning deaths have not yet peaked and will continue to increase.

The UK recorded nearly 1,000 deaths twice in the past week, with the gruesome tolls slipping since the darkest days of spring.

Nicola Sturgeon announced a drastic action in the Scottish Parliament on Monday afternoon. A home stay has been made mandatory from midnight, and schools north of the border are due to be closed until February.

Mr Johnson confirmed yesterday morning that despite the optimism sparked by the administration of the first Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine doses, "tougher" measures would come – although at that point he had apparently indicated that he would prefer to keep the animal Maintain system in England.

Streets and city centers were quiet as the British digested the new restrictions on their lives. PIctured, Waterloo Station in London

Streets and city centers were quiet as the British digested the new restrictions on their lives. PIctured, Waterloo Station in London

In many parts of London, traffic was relatively light this morning, although the new rules have not yet legally come into effect. In the picture the flyover of the A40 Marylebone towards central London

In many parts of London, traffic was relatively light this morning, although the new rules have not yet legally come into effect. In the picture the flyover of the A40 Marylebone towards central London

SAGE has warned that it is likely impossible to control the new coronavirus variant while it remains open – although experts say a full shutdown may still not be enough to keep the & # 39; R & # 39; reproduction rate below to bring one.

Michael Gove held a conference call with First Ministers from the four nations to coordinate strategies. In a sign of division, Wales has announced that it will push ahead with the reopening of schools in the next fourteen days, pending new evidence of variant lineage.

The summer exams are interrupted because schools, colleges and universities are closed

Schools and colleges across England are slated to close by mid-February due to Boris Johnson's new national coronavirus lockdown.

Primary and secondary schools have to switch to distance learning for the vast majority of students, with only vulnerable children and children of key workers being allowed to attend classes in person.

Meanwhile, university students will be banned from returning to campus and urged to study from home as the prime minister desperately tries to get the rate of Covid-19 infection back under control.

The restrictions and school closings are expected to continue through the February semester, which is slated to begin on February 15.

The massive disruption to learning means the government will rethink its current plan for students to complete GCSEs and high school diplomas as usual in May and June.

However, students and parents face an uncertain situation in the coming weeks as the Ministry of Education and Examination Inspectorate Ofqual have not yet worked out the details of the updated examination schedule.

Despite the school closings, facilities for early years such as kindergartens and special schools can remain open during the closure.

Mr Johnson announced the closure of the nation's schools during a speech to the nation from Downing Street that evening, saying the government had no choice but to take drastic action as ministers "are doing everything they can to stop the spread." to stop the disease ".

The Prime Minister said he "fully understand the inconvenience and hardship this late change will cause millions of parents" and that "we recognize that this means that it is not possible or fair for all exams to go as usual this summer be performed".

Mr Johnson said Education Secretary Gavin Williamson would announce "alternative arrangements" for student assessment in the coming weeks.

Previously, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt joined Labor and Tory MPs' calls for immediate national pressure with closed schools and borders and a ban on any mixing of households.

Mr Hunt warned that the mutant Covid had put pressure on the NHS compared to normal winters and the government could not afford to wait another day.

Mr Hunt wrote on Twitter: “For those who argue, winter at the NHS is always like this: You're wrong. I faced four major winter crises as Health Sec, and the situation is now worse than any. & # 39;

Mr Hunt said the "main lesson" from the pandemic was that countries "can save lives and return their economies to normal faster" if they "act early and decisively".

"We can't afford to wait: all schools should be closed, international travel stopped, the household mix limited and the animal system checked so that the highest level really lowers the infection rate," said Hunt.

"The good news is that unlike before, these restrictions will be limited to around 12 weeks to get the vaccine to those most susceptible to Covid. So there is light at the end of the tunnel."

Part of a growing group of Conservative MPs, including former No. 10 Advisor Neil O'Brien, Mr Hunt urged immediate action to combat the rise in the coronavirus.

Labor has also pushed for pressure, and Sadiq Khan said Mr Hunt was "spot on".

Previously, Matt Hancock had suggested that the first step would be to escalate even more parts of the country into Tier 4. Tier 3 appeared unable to hold back the more contagious version of the deadly disease.

He insisted that part of the problem was caused by people who did not obey the rules and urged some MPs to give the police more powers.

However, there have been questions about how much more impact an expansion of Tier 4 coverage could have, as three-quarters of England are already under the hardest bracket where only essential stores like supermarkets are allowed to open and people are supposed to stay at home.

Dr. Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director for Public Health England (PHE), said the latest daily numbers are a "bitter warning" of the threat.

“The continued rise in cases and deaths should be a bitter warning to us all. We can't forget the basics – the lives of our friends and family depend on it, ”she said.

During a visit to Chase Farm Hospital in north London yesterday morning, Mr Johnson warned of "tough, tough" weeks.

He added, "If you look at the numbers there is no question that we need to take stricter measures and we will announce these in due course."

Mr Johnson tried to get a positive rating and promised that vaccination numbers will go up massively.

BORIS JOHNSON'S LOCKDOWN ANNOUNCEMENT IN FULL

& # 39; Since the pandemic started last year, the entire UK has made great national efforts to fight Covid.

“And there is no doubt that our joint efforts to combat the old variant of the virus have been and would have continued.

'But we now have a new variant of the virus. It was both frustrating and alarming to see the speed at which the new variant was spreading.

& # 39; Our scientists have confirmed that this new variant is between 50% and 70% more transmissible – that means you are much, much more likely to catch and pass on the virus.

“As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than ever since the pandemic began.

In England alone, the number of Covid patients in hospitals has risen by almost a third to almost 27,000 in the last week.

& # 39; That number is 40% higher than the first high in April. More than 80,000 people tested positive for Covid across the UK on December 29 – a new record.

& # 39; The death toll has risen 20% in the past week and unfortunately it will continue to rise. My thoughts are with all of those who have lost loved ones.

'With most of the country already facing extreme measures, it is clear that together we must do more to bring this new variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out.

& # 39; In England we therefore have to go into a national lockdown that is tough enough to contain this variant.

“That means the government is again ordering you to stay home.

“You are only allowed to leave the house for legally permissible reasons, e.g. B. to shop for essentials to work, when you absolutely cannot work from home, to do sports, to get medical help, e.g. B. to get a Covid test or to avoid domestic violence.

& # 39; For the full details on what you can and can't do, visit gov.uk/coronavirus.

“If you are extremely clinically susceptible, we encourage you to start shielding again and you will receive a letter shortly about what this means for you.

“And because we must do everything now to stop the spread of the disease, elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges across England must switch to remote care starting tomorrow, with the exception of vulnerable children and children of key workers.

“Everyone can still access settings for early years like kindergarten.

“We understand that this means that it is not possible or fair for all exams to run as usual this summer. The Minister of Education will work with Ofqual to find alternative arrangements.

& # 39; We will provide additional support to ensure that students who are eligible for free school meals continue to receive them while schools are closed, and we will distribute more devices to support distance learning.

“I fully understand the inconvenience and distress this late change will cause millions of parents and students across the country.

“Parents whose children were in school today may reasonably wonder why we didn't make this decision sooner.

“The answer is simply that we have done everything in our power to keep schools open because we know how important every day in education is to children's life chances.

“And I would like to emphasize that the problem is not that schools are unsafe for children – it is still very unlikely that children themselves will be severely affected by the new variant of Covid.

“The problem is that schools can still act as transmission vectors, which is how the virus spreads between households.

"Today the UK's chief medical officers have advised that the country should move to alert level 5, which means that if no action is taken, the NHS capacity can be overwhelmed within 21 days."

“Of course there is a big difference to last year. We are now launching the largest vaccination program in our history.

“So far we have vaccinated more people in the UK than the rest of Europe combined.

& # 39; With the arrival of the UK vaccine Oxford AstraZeneca today, the pace of vaccination is accelerating.

“Tonight I can share with you the NHS 'realistic expectations for the vaccination program in the coming weeks.

“By mid-February, when things are going well and a good wind is in our sails, we expect to have given the first dose of vaccine to all of the four top priority groups identified by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee.

“That means that everyone in an older adult care home and their caregivers will be vaccinated, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social workers, and anyone who is at extreme clinical risk.

“If we can vaccinate all of these groups, we will have removed a large number of people from the path of the virus.

“And of course that will eventually allow us to lift many of the restrictions we have been through for so long.

“I must emphasize that even if we achieve this goal, there is still a two to three week delay from a sting to obtaining immunity.

& # 39; And there will be another time lag before pressure on the NHS is relieved. So we should be careful about the upcoming timetable.

"But if our understanding of the virus doesn't change dramatically again …"

'If the launch of the vaccination program continues to be successful …

& # 39; If deaths start to decline while the vaccine takes effect …

& # 39; And critical when everyone plays their part by following the rules …

“Then I hope that we can steadily move out of the lockdown, reopen the schools after the middle of February, and cautiously start moving regions downwards.

“I want to say to everyone across the UK that I know how hard this is, I know how frustrated you are, I know you have had more than enough government guidance on how to fight this virus.

“But now, more than ever, we have to pull together.

“You should start following the new rules immediately, and they will become law in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Parliament will meet later in the day – mostly from a distance.

“I know the decentralized administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland share my belief that this is a crucial moment and they are taking similar steps.

“The coming weeks will be the toughest, but I really believe we are entering the final phase of the fight.

“Because with every push that goes into our arms, we tilt the chances against Covid and in favor of the British people.

“And thanks to the miracle of science, not only is the end in sight and we know exactly how to get there.

“But I'm afraid you have to stay home for now, protect the NHS and save lives.

& # 39; Thank you all. & # 39;

Lockdown 3: Which Non-Essential Companies Need to Close?

Non-essential retail stores such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (excluding rentals), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape stores, electronic goods and cellphone stores, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or farm equipment), and market stalls for non essential goods. (These venues can continue to operate click-and-collect off-premises and delivery services.)

Eating places such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs (they may remain open for takeout and delivery of food and soft drinks).

Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites,

Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centers and fitness studios, swimming pools, sports fields, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas in riding centers, climbing walls and golf courses.

Entertainment venues such as theaters, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, ice rinks, go-karting venues, indoor game and soft play centers and areas (including inflatable parks and trampoline centers), circuses, Exhibition centers, fairs, water parks and theme parks

Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums and nature reserves)

Indoor attractions in places like botanical gardens, mansions, and landmarks – although the outdoor area may remain open for exercise.

Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo studios, spas, massage parlors, body and skin piercing services must also be closed. Nor can they be done in private houses.

Community centers and halls.

He added, “A massive ramp-up operation is currently underway.

& # 39; The rate limiting factor now is not the delivery of vaccines, although we want it to be faster, but rather that they are properly tested and sent to the NHS.

“It's not the ability to distribute the vaccine, it's not the lack of staff.

& # 39; It is being tested properly. That will increase in the coming weeks. & # 39;

Asked in a round of interviews about the prospect of a national lockdown, Mr. Hancock said, “We are not ruling anything out and have shown repeatedly that we will look at and follow public health advice on how to what is needed to control the spread of the disease. "

When asked if changes could be announced in the next 24 hours, he replied, "We have shown that we are ready to move incredibly quickly … We look at the data every day."

Mr Hancock said the "old animal system was no longer strong enough" because the new variant was "much easier to catch, much more transferable and we are now seeing the effects in many different parts of the country". .

When asked on Sky News whether Tier 4 restrictions work, Hancock said, “Honestly, it's people's behavior. Of course, what matters are the rules we have put in place, but it's also about how people act.

"And to be honest, I would say this: It is important that everyone in the country do everything possible to reduce the spread of the virus."

In a stark message about the length of the struggle Britain is facing, Hancock said the problem is "how we as a society collectively keep this under control for the next few months … until the vaccines can keep us safe".

The government's Covid-O committee, which makes decisions on lockdown restrictions, is believed to have met today to decide next steps.

Ms. Sturgeon announced this afternoon that Scotland would be back into national coronavirus lockdown from midnight.

The SNP chairman said the new policy, which will last through January, will include a legally enforceable stay at home rule.

Exercise and important travel are the only reasons people are allowed to leave their homes.

Who has to work from home now and how strictly is this enforced?

Boris Johnson threw the country into a third national lockdown, ordering everyone to work from home when they can.

However, the criteria of who cannot stay in the office have created some confusion, with the exception that this only applies to people who “absolutely cannot work from home”.

The government's official website states that this category includes, among other things, “people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing and must be present in person”.

Roles like these – which include water service providers and telecommunications workers – are, according to the guidelines, "essential in keeping the country up and running and supporting sectors and employers".

Those who work in childcare or education are essential service, which means they should keep working.

People who have to work in other people's homes – such as nannies, cleaners, or traders – can do the same.

To make working from home easier, employees are encouraged to provide both IT equipment and the services that enable remote working.

Those who are out of the house without a "reasonable excuse" – including those who work outside when not strictly necessary – can be fined £ 200.

That number can go up to £ 6,400 for repeat offenders.

The scheduled reopening of schools on January 18 will also be postponed to February 1 at the earliest, while workers are instructed to work from home wherever possible.

The rules for outdoor gatherings are tightened so that a maximum of two people from two households can meet.

In the meantime, the places of worship are closed starting this Friday, but weddings and funerals are still allowed to take place.

A maximum of 20 people can attend funeral services and a maximum of five people can attend weddings.

Ms. Sturgeon said the hard new curbs were necessary because of the “soaring” infection rate north of the border, as she warned the lockdown could be extended beyond January if necessary.

The measures effectively mean a return to the restrictions seen during the UK's first lockdown in late March last year.

All of mainland Scotland is already in the top tier of the Covid-19 rules, but the number of cases has led Ms. Sturgeon to take more drastic measures after 2,464 new cases were announced yesterday.

Mr Johnson said yesterday that he is also considering further school closings.

But Mr Hancock said this morning people should keep sticking to the rules – which means most primaries should be back this week.

He told Times Radio that people understood why the government was changing its position.

He said: “One of the big challenges in the middle of a pandemic is that the data is changing and therefore the health advice is rightly changing and we have to change our position.

“One of the interesting things I've noticed as Minister of Health last year is that people understand, right?

“People understand that the virus is moving – we've seen this new twist make things much, much harder because it's so much easier to spread, and then we need to update our position based on updated public health recommendations .

"In schools, we should follow this public health advice."

The 82-year-old dialysis patient is the first Briton to have an Oxford stitch outside of the studies

Britain has started handing out Oxford's groundbreaking Covid vaccine at a so-called "crucial moment" in the fight against the pandemic. An 82-year-old dialysis patient was the first to receive the sting.

Brian Pinker, a retired maintenance manager who describes himself as being born and raised in Oxford, said he was "so pleased" to receive the vaccine and "really proud" that it was developed in his city.

Mr Pinker, who is now looking forward to his 48th wedding anniversary with Ms. Shirley next month, received the coronavirus vaccine at 7:30 a.m. at Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

In the largest vaccination drive in British history, half a million doses of the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Jab will be made available this week to people in need of protection. "Tens of millions" are promised by April.

AstraZeneca bosses had previously suggested finishing up to 2 million cans a week by mid-January, and officials have promised to deliver the puffs as soon as possible.

That ambitious target may be further away than hoped, however, with fears the UK won't get enough supplies until February. Matt Hancock announced today that increasing the country's manufacturing capacity is "a major medium-term project".

And he said the "bureaucracy" associated with signing up as a voluntary vaccine will be cut after it was revealed last week that thousands of retired medics trying to hand out the bumps were tied to red tape.

In a joint statement, however, the education unions said workers are at "serious risk of infection".

The declaration signed by GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, Unison and Unite states: “The government’s chaotic handling of the opening of schools has created confusion among teachers, school staff and parents alike.

“If all students are brought back to the classroom when the infection rate is so high, those in the education sector are at serious health risk and could trigger the pandemic.

“Unions have called for a break in reopening schools to other than vulnerable children and children of key workers and a transition to distance learning for all while Covid-backed work regulations are reviewed. All school staff who continue to work in schools should be given priority access to Covid-19 vaccinations.

"Rather than casually claiming schools are safe, the Prime Minister should sit down with trade unions to discuss a common approach to ensuring safe working practices in all schools and prioritizing so that all students have the equipment and access they need need to maintain a high standard. " Distance learning until the safety of you and the staff at your school is ensured. & # 39;

SAGE member John Edmunds said tonight that Britain was on track to record more than 100,000 deaths.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine scientist told BBC Radio 4's PM program: “We are in a really difficult situation.

& # 39; The new strain is significantly more transferable than the old strains. So we need to take significant additional measures to prevent Covid patients from overwhelming the NHS.

“Unfortunately we have to take some really important additional measures, I don't see any other way out.

“The biggest lever that has only been partially pulled is the closure of schools. That would have the greatest effect of any single action, and I can see that happening. & # 39;

He later added, "What we have to do now, and it's horrible, I know, but we have to take really pretty strict steps now and be as strict as possible."

Prof. Edmunds turned down proposals that public failure to comply with restrictions was a big problem, saying, "I think that's not a big problem in itself, I think people are pretty compliant."

Earlier, when pressure on the prime minister rose, the Labor chief of Birmingham City Council joined calls for a new "lockdown" amid rising case rates.

Speaking to BBC Radio WM, Cllr Ian Ward said the city's 7-day case rate had risen 36 percent over the past week.

He added: “The NHS here in town is under a lot of pressure. Birmingham University Hospital occupied 98 percent of its critical care beds and Sandwell and City (Hospital Trust) occupied 100 percent of its critical care beds.

"We need decisive action now, and the government must act early and be one step ahead of the curve."

More optimistically, the UK started handing out Oxford's groundbreaking Covid vaccine today at a so-called "crucial moment" in the fight against the pandemic. An 82-year-old dialysis patient was the first to receive the push.

If, if, if, if. . . Boris sets the best schedule for vaccinating all 13.2 million people over 70, frontline workers and vulnerable people by February

Boris Johnson promised to give a dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 13.2 million nursing home residents, those over 70, frontline health workers and Britons who were classified as "at risk" by mid-February.

It is the first time the government has set a target number of vaccinations for fear that the government will dispense doses too slowly to lift restrictions by Easter, as the Prime Minister has proposed.

But the prime minister added a number of caveats to his goal, saying that it would depend on whatever goes in the government's favor.

The Prime Minister said: “By mid-February, when things are going well and there is a good wind in our sails, we expect that we will have offered the first dose of vaccine to everyone in the four top priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization .

“That means that everyone in an older adult care home and their caregivers will be vaccinated, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social workers, and anyone who is at extreme clinical risk.

“If we can vaccinate all of these groups, we will have removed a large number of people from the path of the virus. And of course that will allow us to remove many of the limitations we have been through for so long.

Experts warned today that the UK may not be free of coronavirus restrictions until next winter if the NHS fails to meet its ambitious goal of vaccinating 2 million people every week.

In his televised address tonight, the Prime Minister said there was "a big difference" from last year: "We are now launching the largest vaccination program in our history."

"So far we have vaccinated more people in the UK than in the rest of Europe combined," he added.

He said the pace of vaccination "accelerated" with the introduction of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine.

Mr Johnson outlined the NHS '"realistic expectations" for the vaccination program in the coming weeks.

The Prime Minister said all people over 70 and those with the most serious long-term health conditions are at "high risk" from Covid.

Other members of the high-priority group are health and social workers who could all receive a single dose at an ambitious rate of 2 million per week within seven weeks, so by mid-February.

"If we manage to vaccinate all of these groups, we will have removed a large number of people from the path of the virus," said the Prime Minister.

"And of course that will allow us to lift many of the restrictions we have seen for so long."

Brian Pinker, a retired maintenance manager who describes himself as being born and raised in Oxford, said he was "so pleased" to receive the vaccine and "really proud" that it was developed in his city.

Mr Pinker, who is now looking forward to his 48th wedding anniversary with Ms. Shirley next month, received the coronavirus vaccine at 7:30 a.m. at Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

In the largest vaccination drive in British history, half a million doses of the Oxford University / AstraZeneca Jab will be made available this week to people in need of protection. "Tens of millions" are promised by April.

AstraZeneca bosses had previously suggested finishing up to 2 million cans a week by mid-January, and officials have promised to deliver the puffs as soon as possible.

That ambitious target may be further away than hoped, however, with fears the UK won't get enough supplies until February. Matt Hancock announced today that increasing the country's manufacturing capacity is "a major medium-term project".

And he said the "bureaucracy" associated with signing up as a voluntary vaccine will be cut after it was revealed last week that thousands of retired medics trying to hand out the bumps were tied to red tape.

Mr. Hancock insisted that the manufacturing process will be the determining factor in how quickly vaccines can be deployed, not the NHS operation.

He told BBC Breakfast: “If the NHS has to go faster, it will go faster. If two million doses were dispensed a week, the NHS would be dispensing at that rate.

"That is the crucial question, but this offer does not yet exist and we are working very closely with the manufacturers."

Sir Keir Starmer had called for an immediate nationwide lockdown when he warned that the virus was clearly out of control. The Labor leader added: "Don't let the Prime Minister say," I will, but not yet. "

“That's the problem he's had so many times. Nationwide lockdown – The prime minister has hinted this will happen but is again delaying. and we cannot afford that again. & # 39;

While appearing on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, Mr Johnson said he was "completely reconciled to doing what it takes to fight the virus" and warned of a "difficult time".

He said vaccinating more people would provide a way out of restrictions and he hoped that "tens of millions" would be vaccinated over the next three months.

The Prime Minister maintained his prediction that the situation would improve by spring, but added: “We may have to do things over the next few weeks that will be more difficult in many parts of the country.

"I totally agree – and I bet the people of this country are okay with it, because until the vaccine gets really massively up and running, we're going to fight this virus with the same tools."

Mr Johnson said the government is looking to see if Tier 4 restrictions are tight enough to control the spread of the virus or if more steps are needed, adding, "We need to keep things under review."

When asked whether people could be restricted to an hour of exercise a day or a total ban on household mixing could be introduced, he replied, “There are obviously a number of tougher measures we would need to consider. I'm not going to speculate now about what they would be.

“School closings – which we had to do in March – are clearly one of those things. We don't necessarily want to do that. & # 39;

Government sources confirmed that ministers wanted to add more areas of England to Stage Four – although curfews are not currently seen as imminent.

But Tory's former minister, Sir Desmond Swayne, was one of those who condemned the idea of ​​tightening the curbs. “What pain do you want to cause us? What are they going to stop us now? & # 39; he told the telegraph.

»Close important shops and takeaways? The whole thing is insane – it goes beyond the ridiculous. & # 39;

THE FULL GOVERNMENT GUIDE TO NEW NATIONAL Lockdown

You have to stay home. The most important action we can all take is to stay home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow these instructions immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Leaving home

You are not allowed to walk or be outside your home unless you have to. You can leave home to:

  • Buy for basic needs, for you or a vulnerable person
  • going to work or doing volunteer or community service when you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • If you are exercising with your household (or your support bladder) or someone else, this should be limited to once a day and you should not travel outside of your area.
  • Hit your support or childcare bubble if necessary, but only if you are legally entitled to create one
  • Seek medical attention or avoid injury, illness, or the risk of harm (including domestic violence).
  • attend an apprenticeship or childcare – for those entitled

Universities, elementary and secondary schools will only remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers. All other children study until the half year of February. The settings for the first few years remain open.

The university offering will remain online until mid-February for all but future courses for critical workers.

If you leave home for a valid reason, you should always remain in the village, town, or part of the town where you live. You can leave your region for any reason permitted by law; B. because of work.

If you are at extreme clinical risk, only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important to go out. You shouldn't take part in the work

Meet others

You can't leave home to socialize with someone who you don't live with or who you're not in a support bubble with (unless you are legally allowed to form one).

You can train on your own, with someone else, or with your household or support bubble.

You shouldn't meet anyone else you don't live with or with whom you've formed a support bubble unless there is a valid reason why you can.

Stay 2 meters away from people who are not in your household.

Detailed instructions on national blocking

Who this guide is for

These instructions are aimed at people who are fit and healthy. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely susceptible to coronavirus and for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. If you are at extreme clinical risk, avoid going to work, school, college, or university and limiting the amount of time you spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important.

Hands. Face. Room.

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms and could spread it without realizing it.

Remember – 'hands. Face. Space. & # 39;

  • Hands – Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • Face – Wear face covering indoors where social distancing can be difficult and you will come into contact with people you would not normally meet
  • Space – If possible, stay 2 meters away from people you do not live with, or 1 meter if additional precautions are taken (such as wearing face coverings).

At all costs, follow the directions to meet others safely.

If you can leave the house

You are not allowed to leave your home or be outside of it unless you have a "reasonable excuse". This is regulated by law. The police can take action against you if you leave the house without a “reasonable apology” and impose a fine (Fixed Penalty).

You can get a fixed fine of £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.

A "reasonable apology" includes:

  • Work – You may only leave home for work when it is inappropriate for you to do your work from home, including but not limited to those who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing and require personal presence
  • Volunteering – You can also leave home to do volunteer or community service.
  • Essential Activities – You can leave home to buy things in stores or get services. You can also leave home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person, or someone who is self-isolating.
  • Education and Childcare – You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children that you are eligible to attend. Access to education and activities for school-age children is limited. More information about education and childcare can be found here. People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children in whom they are separated. This includes childcare bubbles.
  • Meeting with Others and Care – You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to form one), to informally care for children under the age of 14 under a child care bubble (e.g. to To enable parents to work and not allow social contact between adults), to look after disabled or vulnerable people, to provide emergency aid, to participate in a self-help group (with up to 15 people) or to take a care break if this care is for a vulnerable person or a person with a disability or is taking a short break in relation to a cared child.
  • Exercise – You can continue exercising alone, with someone else, or with your household or support bladder. This should be limited to once per day and you shouldn't travel outside of your area. You should keep social distance. See train and meet other people.
  • Medical Reasons – You can leave home for medical reasons, including a COVID-19 test for medical appointments and emergencies.
  • Harm and Compassionate Visits – You can leave the house to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness, or to avoid the risk of harm (such as domestic violence). You can also leave the house to visit someone who is dying, someone in a nursing home (if this is permitted under the guidance of the nursing home), a hospice or hospital, or to accompany them to a doctor's appointment.
  • Animal welfare reasons – You can leave your home for animal welfare reasons, e.g. B. To contact a veterinary service for advice or treatment.
  • Communal Worship and Life Events – You can leave home to attend or attend a place of worship for communal worship, funeral or event related to a death, burial site or memorial garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow instructions on how to use places of worship safely and should not mix with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when visiting a place of worship. Weddings, funerals, and religious, belief-based, or memorial events associated with the death of an individual are all subject to attendance limits. Weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional cases.

There are other reasonable excuses. For example, you may leave your home to comply with legal obligations or to engage in activities related to buying, selling, renting or renting a residential property, or when it is reasonable to vote in an election or referendum.

Train and meet other people

You should minimize the amount of time you spend outside your home.

It is against the law to socialize with family or friends unless they are part of your household or your support bubble. You can only leave your home to play sports and not for recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social gathering). This should be limited to once per day and you shouldn't travel outside of your area.

You can exercise outdoors in a public place:

  • of yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally entitled to create one)
  • in a child care bubble where child care is offered
  • or, if you are alone, with 1 person from another household
  • Public outdoor spaces are:
  • Parks, beaches, publicly accessible landscape, forests
  • public gardens (regardless of whether you pay to enter or not)
  • the site of a cultural heritage
  • playgrounds

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses, and swimming pools, must be closed.

When around other people, stay 2 meters away, from people outside your household – that is, from the people you live with – or from your support bubble. If this is not possible, maintain a distance of 1 meter with additional precautions (such as wearing a face covering).

They have to be used in many indoor spaces, e.g. For example, wear face-covering in shops or places of worship that remain open and on public transport, unless you are exempt. That's the law. Read the instructions for face coverings.

Support and child care bubbles

You have to meet certain eligibility requirements to form a support or childcare bubble. This means that not everyone can form a bubble.

A support bubble is a support network that connects two households. You can only build a support bubble with another household of any size if you meet the eligibility requirements.

It is against the law to create a support bubble if you don't follow these rules.

You're allowed to leave home to visit (and stay with) your support bubble. However, if you are creating a support bubble, it is best if it happens with a household that lives locally. This will prevent the virus from spreading to an area where more people are infected.

If you live in a household with anyone under the age of 14, you can create a childcare bubble. This allows friends or family members from another household to offer informal childcare.

You are not allowed to socialize with your child care bubble and are allowed to avoid seeing members of your child care and support bubbles at the same time.

There are separate instructions for support bladders and childcare bladders.

Where and when you can meet in larger groups

There are still circumstances where you can meet other people outside of your household, childcare or support bubble in larger groups. However, this should not be for socializing and should only be for permissible purposes. A full list of these circumstances is included in the regulations and includes:

  • for work or for voluntary or charitable services, if this is not reasonable from home. This can include working in other people's homes, for example, nannies, cleaners, social workers who support children and families, or tradespeople, if necessary. See Instructions for Working Safely in Other People's Homes. If a work meeting doesn't need to be in a home or garden, it shouldn't be. For example, although you can meet a personal trainer, do so in an outdoor public place.
  • in a child care bubble (only for child care purposes)
  • If authorized, use these services for education, registered childcare and supervised activities for children. Access to educational and childcare facilities is restricted. More information about education and childcare can be found here.
  • for agreements in which children do not live in the same household as their parents or legal guardians
  • To enable contact between birth parents and cared for children as well as between cared for siblings
  • for potential adoptive parents to meet a child or children who can be placed with them
  • Enable or facilitate the placement or relief of a child or children in the care of another through social services
  • for birth partners
  • Provide emergency assistance and avoid injury or illness or the risk of injury (including domestic violence)
  • to see someone dying
  • to fulfill a legal obligation, such as B. participation in a court or jury service
  • for meetings in prison or immigration detention centers
  • To provide care or support for vulnerable people or to give a caregiver a break
  • for a wedding or an equivalent ceremony in exceptional cases and only for up to 6 people
  • for funerals – up to 30 people. Wakes and other related ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to 6 people.
  • visiting someone at home who is dying, visiting someone receiving treatment in a hospital, hospice, or nursing home, or taking a family member or friend to a doctor's appointment
  • for elite athletes (and their coaches if required, or parents / guardians if under 18) – or for those on an official elite sports path – to compete and train
  • to facilitate a move

Support groups that need to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants who are formally organized to provide mutual help, therapy or other forms of support. However, they must take place in a room other than a private household.

Generally, if a group includes someone affected by an exception (such as someone who works or volunteers), they are not counted as part of the gathering limit. This means, for example, that a trader can go into a household without exceeding the limit when he is there for work, and the civil servant at a wedding would not count towards the limit.

If you break the rules

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking illegal gatherings and the imposition of fines (fixed criminal charges).

You can get a fixed fine of £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses. If you hold or are involved in an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can impose a fine of £ 10,000.

Protection of people at risk from coronaviruses

If you are clinically prone, you may be at greater risk of developing serious illness from the coronavirus. There is additional advice for those who are extremely clinically susceptible to coronavirus. Those who are at extreme clinical risk should not go to work, school, college, or university and limit the amount of time they spend outside the home. You should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or when it is important.

travel

You are not allowed to leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (e.g. for work or educational purposes). If you do need to travel, stay local – that is, do not travel outside of your village, town, or part of a town you live in – and try to limit the total number of trips you make to reduce. The list of reasons why you can leave your home and region includes, among others:

  • work where you cannot reasonably work from home
  • Access to education and caring responsibilities
  • Visit those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
  • Visiting a hospital, family doctor, and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are worried about your health
  • Buying the goods or services that you need, but should be near you wherever possible
  • Exercise outdoors. If possible, this should be done on site. However, if necessary, you can travel a short distance within your area to do so (e.g. to gain access to an open space).
  • Participation in the care and exercise of an animal or veterinary services

If you need to travel, walk, or bike, plan ahead and avoid busy times and public transit routes. This is a great way to practice social distancing while traveling.

Avoid car sharing with people outside of your household or support bubble. See the instructions for car sharing.

If you have to use public transport, you should follow the safer tour guides.

Trips abroad

You can only travel internationally or within the UK if you have a legal reason to leave for the first time. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.

If you need to travel overseas (and it is permitted by law, e.g. because it is a job), you should check the rules that apply, even if you are returning to a place where you have previously visited the destination and travel advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or tour operator about return shipping arrangements.

Foreigners are subject to the rules for staying at home. You should not travel abroad unless permitted. That means you are not allowed to go on vacation.

When you visit the UK, you can return home. You should check to see if there are any restrictions at your destination.

Stay away from home overnight

You cannot leave your home or where you live for a vacation or to stay overnight unless you have a reasonable excuse to do so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.

This includes staying in a second home or caravan if that is not your main residence. This includes staying with someone you don't live with unless they're in your support bubble.

You can stay away from home overnight if you:

  • visit your support bubble
  • cannot return to their primary residence
  • need accommodation when moving
  • require accommodation to attend a funeral or similar memorial service
  • need accommodation for work purposes or for volunteering
  • are a child who needs housing for school or care
  • are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or when escaping harm (including domestic violence)
  • are a professional athlete or their support staff or parent if the athlete is under 18 and needs to be outside the home for training or competition

If you are already on vacation, you should return to your home as soon as possible.

Providers of guest accommodation such as hotels, B & Bs and caravan parks can remain open for reasons specified by law, e.g. B. If guests cannot return to their main residence, use this guest accommodation as their main residence and need accommodation while moving. are self-isolating as required by law or would otherwise become homeless due to the closure of the accommodation. For a full list of reasons, see the UK Closing Guidelines for Certain Businesses and Venues.

Accommodation providers are also encouraged to work with local authorities to provide shelter to vulnerable groups, including the homeless.

Go to work

You can only leave home to work if you cannot adequately work from home.

If people cannot work from home – including, but not limited to, people working in critical national infrastructure, in construction, or in manufacturing – they should continue to travel to work. This is important in keeping the country running and supporting sectors and employers.

Public sector workers engaged in essential services such as childcare or education should continue to work.

You can do so wherever you have to work in other people's homes – for example, for nannies, cleaners, or traders. Otherwise, avoid meeting for work in a home or garden where safe COVID-19 measures may not be in place.

Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take all possible steps to make it easier for their employees to work from home, including providing adequate IT and equipment to enable remote working.

The risk of transmission can be significantly reduced if the security guidelines of COVID-19 are strictly followed. People at higher risk should be given special consideration.

Go to school, college and university

Universities, primary schools (from reception) and secondary schools remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers. All other children study until the half year of February.

Under these circumstances, we do not believe that all summer exams will be carried out as planned. We will accordingly work with Ofqual to consult quickly and make alternative arrangements that will enable students to make fair progress.

Public exams and professional assessments due to take place in January are proceeding as planned.

Universities

Those undergraduate students studying for the following courses should return to face-to-face learning as planned and be tested twice upon arrival or self-isolating for ten days:

  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Topics related to medicine / health
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Training (initial teacher training)
  • Social work
  • Courses that require Technical, Legal and Regulatory (PSRB) Assessment and / or Compulsory Activities scheduled for January that cannot be postponed (your university will notify you if this applies to you).

Students who are not studying these courses should stay where they are wherever possible and start their semester online as their university allows until at least mid-February. This includes students from other practical courses not on the list above.

We have already published guidelines for universities and students on how to safely return to higher education in the spring semester. This guide outlines how we will support higher education providers so that students who need to return after the winter break can do so as safely as possible.

If you live in a university, you shouldn't switch back and forth between your permanent home and your dorm during semester time.

For those students eligible for face-to-face tuition, you can meet in groups larger than your budget as part of your formal education or training if necessary. Students should expect to follow instructions and restrictions. You should socially distance yourself from someone you don't live with wherever possible.

childcare

There are several ways in which parents and carers can still access childcare:

  • Settings for early years (including kindergartens and child minders) remain open
  • Children at risk and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, child minders and other childcare activities (including all-round care).
  • Parents can create a childcare bubble with another household for informal childcare purposes if the child is under 14 years old. This is mainly used to enable parents to work and should not be used to enable social contact between adults
  • Some households will also benefit from a support bubble
  • Nannies can continue to provide services, including at home

Nursing home visits

Visits to nursing homes can be done with provisions such as large screens, visiting capsules, or behind windows. Internal visits with close contact are not permitted. Visits are not permitted in the event of an outbreak.

You should read the guides on Visiting Nursing Homes During COVID-19 to find out how visits should be conducted. The residents cannot meet people when they visit the house (e.g. to visit their relatives in the family home). There are separate guidelines for those who lead supported lives.

Weddings, civil partnerships, church services and funerals

Weddings, civil weddings and funerals are permitted with strict attendance restrictions and may only take place in safe locations from COVID-19 or in public outdoor areas, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, faith-based or memorial events such as stone settings and ash scattering can also be continued with up to 6 participants. Those who work are not taken into account within these limits. Social distancing between people who do not live together or share a support bubble should be maintained.

Weddings and civil weddings may only take place with up to 6 people. Who works is not included. These should only take place in exceptional cases, e.g. For example, in an urgent marriage in which one of the marriages is seriously ill and not expected to recover or undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

Places of worship

You can visit places of worship for worship. However, you are not allowed to talk to anyone outside your household or the support bubble. You should maintain strict social distancing at all times.

You should follow national guidelines for the safe use of places of worship.

Sport and physical activity

Gyms and sports facilities remain closed. Outdoor sports fields, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor pools, archery / driving / shooting ranges, and horse riding areas must also be closed. Organized outdoor sports for disabled people may continue.

Move home

You can still move home. People outside of your household or support bubble should only help with the move if absolutely necessary.

Real estate and rental companies as well as moving companies can continue to operate. If you want to move, you can go to the property views.

Follow national guidelines for moving home safely, including advice on social distancing, breathing in fresh air, and wearing a face covering.

Financial support

Wherever you live, you may be able to get financial help

Companies and venues

Companies and venues that are about to close

To reduce social contact, regulations mandate that some businesses shut down and place restrictions on some businesses' supply of goods and services. The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the UK Closure Guidelines for Certain Businesses and Venues, but includes:

  • Non-essential retail stores such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and cellphone stores, auction houses (other than for livestock or farm equipment auctions). and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to provide click-and-collect services (where goods are pre-ordered and picked up off site) and delivery services.
  • Eating places such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs; with the exception of the provision of take-away food and non-alcoholic drinks (until 11 p.m.), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drinks (including alcohol) can still be provided by delivery.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except in certain circumstances, e.g. For example, when this is a person's primary residence, when the person cannot return home to provide shelter or support for the homeless, or when it is important to stay there for work
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centers and fitness studios, swimming pools, sports fields, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas in riding centers, climbing walls and golf courses.
  • Entertainment venues such as theaters, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, ice rinks, go-karting venues, indoor game and soft play centers and areas (including inflatable parks and trampoline centers), circuses, Exhibition centers, fairs, water parks and theme parks
  • Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and game reserves)
  • Indoor attractions at locations such as botanical gardens, historic homes, and landmarks must also be closed, although the outdoor area of ​​these premises may remain open for outdoor exercise.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo studios, spas, massage parlors, body and skin piercing services must also be closed. These services should not be performed in other people's homes
  • Community centers and halls must be closed, with the exception of a limited number of exempted activities as noted below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for people who don't have them at home, for example – and to click-and-collect services

Some of these shops and locations are also allowed to be open for a small number of optional activities. For a full list of exemptions, see the UK Closure Guidelines for Certain Businesses and Venues including:

  • Education and training – so schools can use sports, recreational and community facilities if this is part of their normal care
  • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for the eligible children
  • Hosting blood donation meetings and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for top athletes for training and competitions (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities) and for professional dancers and choreographers for work (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsals without an audience (in theaters and concert halls)
  • for the purpose of film and television recordings

Companies and venues that can stay open

Other companies and venues are allowed to stay open as per COVID-19 security guidelines. Companies that offer important goods and services can remain open. The full list of these companies can be found in the UK Company and Venue Closure Guidelines but includes:

  • major retail stores such as grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centers, builders and suppliers of building products and off-licenses
  • Market stalls selling major retail stores may also remain open
  • Companies that provide repair services can also remain open where they primarily provide repair services
  • Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bike shops and taxi and vehicle rentals
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer companies
  • Undertaker
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • medical and dental services
  • Veterinarians and retailers of products and food for the maintenance and welfare of animals
  • Animal rescue centers, boarding schools, and zookeepers (can still be used for animal welfare purposes and not for aesthetic purposes).
  • Agricultural products shops
  • Shops to support mobility and disability
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Parking lots, public toilets and motorway service stations
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor areas of botanical gardens and heritage sites to exercise
  • Places of worship
  • Crematoriums and burial sites

Public service

Most of the public services continue and you can go out to visit them. These include:

  • the NHS and medical services such as family doctors and dentists. We support the NHS in delivering urgent and non-urgent services safely, and it is important that anyone who believes they need any medical attention should come forward and seek help
  • Jobcentre Plus websites
  • Courts and probation
  • Registry offices
  • Passport and Visa services
  • Services to the victims
  • Waste or recycling centers
  • getting a MOT if you have to drive when you leave home legally

What do the new blocking rules mean for you? Schools and universities are closed, the vulnerable are called for protection, exams next summer canceled or threatened, and pubs are not allowed to sell alcohol to take away

Boris Johnson slammed England into a new lockdown tonight as he put in place emergency measures to control the spread of new strains of coronavirus, fearing the NHS could be overwhelmed.

Schools, shops and sports venues will close their doors for six weeks starting Wednesday morning, in scenes not seen since the original lockdown in March last year. Exercise is pretty much the only reason to get out of the house regularly.

The Prime Minister's address at 10 Downing Street came after Nicola Sturgeon slipped Scotland into a new lock from midnight tonight.

Wales has been under lockdown since before Christmas and the Northern Irish executive will announce its own measures when it meets tomorrow.

The latest figures showed an additional 407 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday, and there was a record of 58,784 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

What are the new rules for the UK hit by Covid?

Schools, shops and sports venues will close their doors for six weeks in scenes not seen since the original lockdown last March. Only shopping with exercise and the bare minimum is allowed

Schools, shops and sports venues will close their doors for six weeks in scenes not seen since the original lockdown last March. Only shopping with exercise and the bare minimum is allowed

The Prime Minister's address at 10 Downing Street came after Nicola Sturgeon slipped Scotland into a new lock from midnight tonight

The Prime Minister's address at 10 Downing Street came after Nicola Sturgeon slipped Scotland into a new lock from midnight tonight

England

England is placed on a full national lockdown that will last until halfway through February.

All primary and secondary schools will be closed with immediate effect and will only remain open to vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. They are due to reopen after the half-time break in February.

It is unlikely that A-Level and GCSE exams will run as planned in the summer. Mr. Johnson says, "We recognize that this means that it is not possible or fair for all exams to be taken as normal this summer."

The universities will remain closed to students until mid-February.

Kindergartens remain fully open.

The public should stay home unless they have to go for one of only five reasons:

  • Working when this is not possible from home, e.g. B. Construction works and major public functions.
  • Shopping for necessities such as food and medicine.
  • Exercise, ideally no more than once a day. You can train with anyone in your support bladder or someone who is socially distant.
  • Take care of someone else.
  • For urgent or pre-arranged medical care or escape from an emergency.

All non-essential retailers, hospitality and “personal care” such as hairdressers will have to close if they have not already done so under the tier system.

Restaurants and other eateries can continue to operate for takeout and delivery.

However, pubs are no longer allowed to offer take-away alcohol as many people gather outside to drink.

According to real estate consultant Altus Group, more than 550,000 companies are going to close in England.

The company said this includes 401,690 non-essential stores, 64,537 pubs or restaurants, 20,703 personal care facilities and 7,051 gyms or leisure centers.

It added that 21,119 municipal schools as well as 2,645 private schools in England will also have to close.

Children's playgrounds remain open.

All indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including golf courses and tennis courts, must be closed, and team sports cannot take place outdoors.

Elite sports such as the Premier League can be pursued according to their own standards.

Exercise is one of the few reasons people regularly leave their homes across the UK along with shopping for essentials.

Exercise is one of the few reasons people regularly leave their homes across the UK along with shopping for essentials.

Physical education for children who are still in school is allowed.

Extremely Critical At Risk (ECV) people should stay at home even if they cannot work.

You can go for necessities like food and medicine, but avoid busy areas.

Scotland

According to Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland will again be put into national coronavirus lockdown from midnight tonight.

The SNP chairman said the new policy, which will last through January, will include a legally enforceable stay at home rule.

Exercise and important travel are the only reasons people are allowed to leave their homes.

The scheduled reopening of schools on January 18 will also be postponed to February 1 at the earliest, while workers are instructed to work from home wherever possible.

The rules for outdoor gatherings are tightened so that a maximum of two people from two households can meet.

Pubs across the UK remain closed and in England those who were allowed to sell take-away drinks are banned for fear of people gathering outside

Pubs across the UK remain closed and in England those who were allowed to sell take-away drinks are banned for fear of people gathering outside

In the meantime, the places of worship are closed starting this Friday, but weddings and funerals are still allowed to take place.

A maximum of 20 people can attend funeral services and a maximum of five people can attend weddings.

Ms. Sturgeon said the hard new curbs were necessary because of the “soaring” infection rate north of the border, as she warned the lockdown could be extended beyond January if necessary.

The measures effectively mean a return to the restrictions seen during the UK's first lockdown in late March last year.

All of mainland Scotland is already in the top tier of the Covid-19 rules, but the number of cases has led Ms. Sturgeon to take more drastic measures after 2,464 new cases were announced yesterday.

Schools in England are closing immediately, following those in Wales and Scotland. The latter two nations have already canceled this summer's exams, and this may also happen in England, with plans yet to be confirmed.

Schools in England are closing immediately, following those in Wales and Scotland. The latter two nations have already canceled this summer's exams, and this may also happen in England, with plans yet to be confirmed.

The First Minister, explaining the measures due to come into effect on Tuesday, told the MSP in Holyrood: "It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation we are facing now than I have been since March last year. "

It was understood that Senior Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove was calling to discuss restrictions with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in a call prior to Mr Johnson's statement.

The latest data shows the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in hospital in England rose 41 percent between Christmas and January 3. These numbers have raised alarms in Whitehall and the healthcare sector.

The exams for Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers 2021 had already been canceled.

Wales

Wales has been completely closed since December 20th.

Due to the restrictions, non-essential shops, gyms and restaurants have to remain closed.

After three weeks the rules will be reviewed.

The current rules mean that non-essential retailers, hospitality services, and close contact services like hairdressers will have to close.

Only essential travel is allowed and work from home must be done “wherever possible”.

Two households can form a support bubble that is only allowed to meet on Christmas Day in private gardens or indoors.

House parties, gatherings, and events are prohibited, and schools should use online learning.

A single-person household may join another household during level four restrictions.

Schools and colleges across Wales will switch to online learning by January 18, the country's education minister said today.

Kirsty Williams said the Welsh government will use the next two weeks to work with local government and educational institutions to come up with "the best plan for the remainder of the term".

The government had previously made sure that schools are flexible in the first two weeks of the spring semester so that they can decide when the students want to study again in person.

Universities in Wales are slated to start semesters on a staggered basis and students shouldn't return to face-to-face learning unless informed, she added.

Exams in Wales, due to take place in the summer, had already been canceled.

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