England goes into lockdown for the second time. Non-essential shops and catering, among other things, must close from Thursday. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this on Saturday during an additional press conference. The measures apply in any case until December 2.
‘No prime minister can ignore these figures’
Johnson says he wants to prevent doctors and nurses from being forced to choose which patients they can still treat with the measure.
All unnecessary shops must be closed. However, unlike last spring’s lockdown, educational institutions such as schools and universities are allowed to remain open. The catering industry, hairdressers and gyms must also close. Paid football in the Premier League will continue.
Residents of England are only allowed to leave their home from Thursday to go to school or work, to play sports, for medical reasons, to run errands or to provide care for others. Outside they may meet with one person from another household.
Almost 22,000 new coronavirus infections were registered for the United Kingdom on Saturday. As a result, the number of infections has risen to over 1 million since the start of the pandemic. “No prime minister can ignore these figures,” Johnson said at the press conference.
Northern Ireland and Ireland have also indicated that they will go into lockdown again and Wales already is. Scotland has not yet announced any new measures.