Thousands of businesses across the UK are forced to close after Boris Johnson announced another nationwide lockdown.
Speaking at 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister said the coming weeks would be “the toughest yet”.
But he added that he believed the country was entering “the final phase of the struggle”.
Johnson said, “You are only allowed to leave the house for reasons permitted by law, such as when you are out of office. B. to buy essentials to work, when you absolutely cannot work from home, to do sports, to get medical help, e.g. B. to get a Covid test or to escape domestic violence. “
Many companies across England will be forced to close again. their doors as the country goes into a national lockdown, reports the mirror.
Non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services will have to be closed at least until the middle of next month as Covid-19 gets out of control again.
Restaurants can still offer delivery or take-away services – but they are no longer allowed to sell alcohol.
Pubs that were not closed under the country’s tier system are now closing, and those offering take-out service can no longer do so.
The Prime Minister said: “It is clear that we must do more together to bring this variant under control while our vaccines are introduced.”
Important retailers such as supermarkets and pharmacies can remain open – as can garden centers and building contractors.
Places of worship can be opened for individual prayer and community services, but they must comply with rules of social distancing and people can only attend with household and support bubble members.
Zoos and other animal attractions have to close again.
Outdoor sports venues such as gyms, tennis courts and golf courses must be closed.
The Ministry of Health confirmed earlier today that 58,784 people tested positive for the virus. The number of cases in the past seven days rose to 383,834 – numbers even the prime minister couldn’t ignore.
With infections rising across England, Mr Johnson announced that he had “no choice” after previously saying that tighter restrictions were imminent.
Earlier today, a SAGE professor had predicted the death toll from Covid-19 in the UK will exceed 100,000.
Professor John Edmunds added, “I think the total number of deaths is now unfortunately measured in terms of 100,000 or more.”
The current death toll – with Covid-19 listed on the death certificate – is 82,624.
Prof. Edmunds warned that “important additional measures” were needed immediately to control the spread of the virus.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine scientist told BBC Radio 4’s PM program: “We are in a really difficult situation.
“The new strain is significantly more transmissible than the old strains. Therefore, we must take significant additional measures to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed by Covid patients.”