England will go back into a third lockdown, effective immediately.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 8PM address stated that England is to go into a third lockdown.

Due to the increase in COVID positive cases and the threat of new strains, the PM has stated tougher restrictions are needed.

  • Schools and colleges are to remain closed, and all learning is to be done remotely until mid February at least. The PM has said summer exams are not to go ahead as planned. Schools will remain open for children of key workers.
  • Alcohol takeaways and deliveries are to be banned until mid-February. Restaurants can continue to offer food takeaways/deliveries.
  • You are allowed to leave the house once a day for exercise. You can only meet with one person from another household to complete the exercise.
  • Working from home is strongly recommended once again, unless your place of work doesn’t allow for it. People are only allowed to leave the house for essential food and medicines.
  • The only other permissible reason to leave your household is if you are seeking medical care, providing essential care to others, or if you are fleeing from danger or harm.
  • University students will not be allowed to return to campus and must study remotely as well.
  • Funerals can go ahead with a maximum of 30 guests, but wakes will remain restricted to 6 people. Weddings and civil ceremonies can go ahead “under exceptional circumstances” and allow a maximum of 6 attendees.

Scotland’s first Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a similar “stay at home” order earlier today.

The PM has said that the top four priority groups are to receive their the first dose of their vaccinations by mid-February.

Please check the gov.uk website for more information.