On Saturday 31st October the Prime Minister said he is going to ask members of parliament (MPs) to agree to another England-wide Lockdown, for one month from Thursday 5th November.
MPs will vote on the Prime Minister’s proposals on Wednesday (4th). If the majority do support the proposals, the Lockdown will begin at 00:01 GMT on Thursday 5th November and stay in place until Wednesday 2nd December.
Some scared and selfish people are already buying much more food than they need from the shops. Please remember that this buying in a panic was the cause of shortages that caused some of those most at risk to have to go without food. Once people stopped panic buying we got back to everyone being able to buy what they needed on a week by week basis.
So, please think of others and only buy what you need until the next time you will go shopping for essentials.
What are the proposals for a new lockdown in England?
These are the Prime Minister’s Lockdown proposals:
- People will be told to stay at home and only travel when it is essential. Essential travel includes travel to go to school or university, work that can’t be done from home, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others. People can go out for exercise and recreation but it is expected that you will have to do in places near your home.
- All pubs and restaurants will have to close (takeaways and deliveries can continue).
- All non-essential shops will have to close (supermarkets can sell non-essential goods).
- Households will not be allowed to mix with others indoors, or in private gardens.
- Individuals can meet one person from outside their household in an outside public space.
- Support bubbles for people who live alone and households made up of single parents and children can continue.
- Children will be able to move between homes if their parents are separated.
- Schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
- Workplaces will be asked to stay open if people cannot work from home – including construction and manufacturing.
10. Outdoor exercise and recreation will be allowed, but gyms will have to close.
- Clinically vulnerable advised not to go to work if they are unable to work from home.
However, government will not be promoting ‘shielding’ for people at very high risk of dying if they catch Coronavirus (also called COVID-19), during this Lockdown.
The Prime Minister hopes that after 2nd December, we will be able to relax the Lockdown rules. But, many think that the Lockdown may need to last longer than this.
The government also announced that it will pay 80% of the wages of anyone who can’t work because of the Lockdown rules (furlough) –the same scheme as we had during the last Lockdown. Workers on furlough will mostly be those who work for businesses that have been forced to close until the Lockdown ends, including workers in restaurants, cafes, shops selling things other than food or medicines, etc.
The government has said it will give us more information about its plans over the next few days, including what other support there will be for people who can’t work and businesses.