Pubs, Bars, Restaurants Close Until 2 December In England As COVID-19 Cases Surge

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A five-week ‘circuit break’ lockdown will start in England on Thursday, Boris Johnson has announced

People will only be allowed to leave their homes for specific reasons, including education, work, food shopping and exercise.

Different households will not be able to mix, but support bubbles and childcare bubbles will remain and children can still move between homes if their parents are separated.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will close – although will still be able to offer takeaway services – and non-essential shops will also be shut.

Schools, colleges and universities will remain open.

Extremely vulnerable people will not be asked to shield again, but they are asked to minimise contact as far as possible.

The lockdown will end on 2 December, when the country will return to the tiered system based on the latest data.

“From Thursday, the basic message is the same – stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives,” Mr Johnson said.

The prime minister added there is now “no alternative”.

On the Christmas celebration, the Prime Minister said “Christmas will be very different this year but it’s my sincere belief that by taking tough action now, people will be able to see each other.”

Key points:

  • Pubs, restaurants and non-essential retail to close until 2 December
  • No mixing of households inside homes and people told to stay home – schools, universities, courts and construction to remain open
  • No international travel except for work
  • Elite sport allowed to continue
  • Furlough scheme to be extended through November
  • Deaths over winter have potential to be twice as bad as the first wave if nothing changes, says Sir Patrick Vallance
  • Labour says the delay in introducing a ‘circuit-breaker’ will mean a longer, more damaging shutdown

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