Boris Johnson vowed it might not be vital, however has been compelled into one other screeching U-turn – and to carry ahead the announcement after a lot of it leaked. So what are the small print of the brand new lockdown?
When will it begin and when will it finish?
It’s going to start at 00.01 on Thursday 5 November and end at 00.01 on Wednesday 2 December – which may be very completely different from the primary lockdown which was open-ended. The delay earlier than it kicks-in is to permit MPs to vote to approve it on Wednesday, which they’re anticipated to do with a small Tory revolt.
Is it the identical as the primary lockdown?
No, however it should very acquainted. Pubs, eating places and non-essential outlets will shut, together with leisure and leisure venues – together with gyms – in addition to hairdressers and sweetness salons, and the axe will fall on all newbie sport. As earlier than, takeaways and meals deliveries will likely be allowed, as will click-and-collect providers. Mixing with different households inside properties will likely be outlawed and journey allowed for particular functions solely, for work, schooling, healthcare, to buy necessities and to look after susceptible individuals.
What are the variations?
The massive one is that colleges, faculties and universities will stay open. Additionally, individuals will likely be allowed to fulfill with one particular person from one other family and sit with them in a park (winter climate allowing, with social distancing – however not in non-public gardens) and elite sport will proceed – so the Premier League is not going to be suspended.
What about the remainder of the UK?
The opposite large distinction – this time, Wales, Scotland and Northern Eire have already got their very own more durable guidelines and there’s no expectation that the lockdowns will likely be introduced into line. Downing Avenue, nonetheless, believes the variations are sometimes exaggerated.
What is going to occur on 2 December?
The intention is to return to what No 10 calls the “native and regional strategy” of three completely different tiers of various restrictions, in accordance with the Covid-19 risk in every space. However precisely how powerful the measures will likely be will rely upon how profitable the second lockdown – or “more durable nationwide measures”, as No 10 prefers to name it – proves to be.
What about monetary assist for individuals whose jobs disappear for the following 4 weeks?
The furlough scheme – with 80 per cent of wages paid by the federal government – will return, simply 5 days after it got here to an finish, changed by the less-generous job assist scheme. Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, was determined to rein again the huge spending on the scheme – however now the Treasury has to dig deep as soon as once more.
Is shielding coming again for probably the most susceptible individuals?
No. They, together with over-70s, will likely be instructed to be “particularly cautious to observe the foundations and to minimise their contacts” – however to not hideaway utterly, as they had been in March. Help ‘bubbles’ will proceed and youngsters will have the ability to transfer between properties if their mother and father are separated.
Why is the prime minister performing now?
Some actually scary figures concerning the development of the virus, which had been offered to Cupboard ministers at their emergency assembly. The an infection price has leapt to 1 in each 100 individuals – with greater than half one million individuals carrying the virus at anybody time – a doubling from one in 200 because the begin of October. In July, it was one in 2,300. Worse, the NHS is on track to expire of beds on four December, even when elective therapies are cancelled.
Why not simply impose the brand new lockdown within the worst-affected areas?
Downing Avenue is stressing that the virus is surging all over the place, with an infection charges doubling sooner within the South East than within the North West – and doubling quickest within the East and West Midlands. With out motion, the South West – which is least affected presently – will likely be plunged into the identical plight because the North West by 27 November.
What about Christmas get-togethers?
By performing now, the federal government hopes to “save Christmas” – however no guarantees are being made. It hopes households will have the ability to collect for a festive dinner, however one supply mentioned “we’ve to be lifelike and we’re nonetheless dealing with challenges”.