Boris Johnson has sent a strong message across the country to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Tier 4 restrictions are currently in place across the UK – similar measures to the national lockdown last March.
Pubs, restaurants and cafes will have to close by midnight (January 5th) in England while restaurants may resume delivery or take-away.
However, taking away or clicking and collecting alcohol is no longer permitted, and non-essential retail hospitality and personal care services must be closed if they are not already closed.
While there is a firm message to stay home, members of the public are allowed to travel under certain circumstances.
- Go to work when it is impossible to work from home e.g. Construction workers or critical workers unable to work from home
- Used to shop for essentials including groceries and medicines
- To exercise what can be up to someone else from outside your household or bladder. Exercise should ideally be limited to once a day. The guide is that people should try to do this locally.
- Care or assistance for a vulnerable person
- Attending medical appointments or seeking medical help, or fleeing the risk of harm or violence.
The police will be legally empowered to enforce through fines and the splitting of orders.
All elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges will switch to distance learning starting tomorrow (January 5th), with the exception of children of key workers and vulnerable children who can attend in person.
Major retailers such as supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centers and building contractors can remain open.
Places of worship remain open for individual prayer and communal worship, but visitors must adhere to the rules of social interaction and only participate with their household or support bubble.
Zoos and other animal attractions have to close.