UK Announces Third National Lockdown: What Does it Mean for Britons?


by Evgeny Mikhaylov

At the moment, multiple nations have suspended flights to and from the United Kingdom due to a new mutated COVID variant. Britain has confirmed almost 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, while its death toll of 75,400 is the second-highest in western Europe after Italy.

After introducing Tier 4 restrictions in London and southeast England due to a new COVID-19 strain, the British government decided to enact a full national lockdown for a third time to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The new quarantine will last at least until the middle of February, according to a statement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This is what the new lockdown means for Britons

  • non-essential shops will be closed;
  • household mixing is prohibited;
  • people are only allowed to leave home for work, childcare, and medical reasons;
  • schools will be closed;
  • outdoor exercises are recommended to be limited to once a day. Indoor and outdoor sports venues will have to be closed;
  • people should leave home for work only if it is absolutely necessary for them (like in the construction industry);
  • university students will have to study remotely, as campuses are closed;
  • restaurants (already closed for dining under Tiers 3 and 4) will be banned from sending takeaway alcohol;
  • weddings and civil ceremonies will be restricted to 6 people and only allowed in “exceptional circumstances”. The limit at funerals is still 30, but wakes and other ceremonies are also restricted to 6 guests.

The measures were announced despite the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday – the second in the country following the UK launching a mass vaccination campaign with the Pfizer/BioNTech medication in December.



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