British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new month-long national lockdown for England to prevent a "medical and moral disaster." The lockdown is imposed from Thursday until the start of December, The Guardian reports.
Nonessential shops, restaurants, pubs, and leisure facilities would be closed for at least four weeks.
People have been told to “stay at home” where possible, but will be allowed to leave their homes for education, medical appointments, to shop for essential goods, and to work if they cannot work from home.
Outdoor exercise would also be permitted, with members of the same household or one person from another household.
People will be allowed to leave home to care for vulnerable people, or to escape injury or harm. Takeaways and deliveries will continue to be allowed.
Unlike the first national lockdown introduced in March, schools, colleges and universities will remain open, as will childcare and early years care.
“We cannot let this virus damage our children’s futures any more than it has already,” Johnson said.
People who can work from home will be asked to do so, but those working in manufacturing and construction will be encouraged to continue going to work.
Johnson also announced a ban on overnight stays and outbound international travel, unless the trips are for work, while places of worship will be open for private prayer but not for services. He also confirmed that the Premier League would continue.
As we reported earlier, due to a new surge in Covid-19 incidence in Portugal, the authorities decided to introduce a five-day ban on long-distance travel. Checkpoints have been set up across Portugal.
Movement between Portugal’s more than 300 municipalities is prohibited from Friday, October 30 to November 3 in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission during the All Saints national holiday but there are exceptions, including for those traveling to and from work.