England told to ‘stay home’ as national lockdown announced

A second national lockdown has been announced by the Prime Minister.

Everyone in England is being asked to stay home apart from a small number of exceptions.

Throughout today (Saturday, October 31), it has been reported that the government will be announcing a lockdown to combat a significant rise in cases that has been seen recently.

Speaking during a press conference this afternoon, Mr Johnson confirmed the news that England will indeed be put into a lockdown.

It will be similar to the one we saw earlier this year where people will have to remain at home, non-essential shops as well as pubs and restaurants will close, and it will last for four weeks.

However schools, colleges and universities will be allowed to remain open.

People will be advised against travelling abroad unless for work purposes and people will not be allowed to mix indoors together unless for childcare and other support purposes.

Mr Johnson said that the lockdown will come into force from 00.01am on Thursday (November 5) and will last until Wednesday, December 2.

It’s hoped that this will then bring down the number of infection rates and limit the number of people sadly dying from the virus.

Many online have accused Mr Johnson of not bringing in the lockdown soon enough while others have protested against the plans.

Government opposition had previously called for a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ to be put in place to lower the trend in infection rates but Mr Johnson refused to put such measures in place.

Instead, the local tier restriction system was put in place which defined areas as either being in a medium, high or very high risk area.

Even before Mr Johnson had announced the new lockdown measures this evening, people had begun to panic buy in shops at the prospect of a lockdown.

Here in Hertfordshire, it was seen in a Borehamwood Poundland shop which left shoppers “disgusted”.

MPs will now have to vote on the proposed plans for this second lockdown which will take place on Wednesday (November 4).

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