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The UK will enter a second lockdown due to surging virus cases, starting on Thursday, November 5 until at least December 2, 2020.

The lockdown across England will include the closure of all non-essential businesses and services, with the exception of schools and essential shops, further limiting of personal networks and a general stay at home order. 

Travel bans that come into place on November 5 will affect the entire UK, as residents of England will not be able to travel for leisure throughout the nation, or abroad.

Boris Johnson conference live stream via Telegraph

After second-lockdown plans were prematurely leaked, Boris Johnson held a last-minute press conference on October 31st to update citizens of the UK on the latest measures the government is taking. (Specific lockdown details below.)

new united kingdom lockdown rules

Johnson had previously stated that he wants to “avoid the misery of another lockdown,”, however, it seems the pressure of the pandemic has overruled his initial hopes.

uk put into another lockdown in November

As Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany all clamp down with curfews, closures and new restrictions, it was only a matter of time before the UK followed suit. Surging cases and a significant rise in deaths have exploded across the country over the past few weeks, not to mention a fear that vacant hospital beds are quickly disappearing.

“No one wants to be imposing these kinds of measures anywhere.” said Boris “Unless we act, we could see deaths in this country running at thousands a day”

rising cases UK

UK's rising cases. Credit: Worldometers

Lockdown Details

Here's what residents of the UK can expect of the lockdown order, set to begin on November 5:

  • Closure of all non-essential businesses and shops (including gym, retail, salons, cinemas and hospitality)
  • Closure of pubs, restaurants and bars, with the exception of takeaway and delivery
  • Only leaving the house for essential reasons, like: medical treatment, work, education, outdoor exercise, or to shop for essential supplies. 
  • Work from home is being strongly suggested 
  • Single adult households can only form a bubble with 1 other household
  • Avoid public transit if possible
UK lcokdown

What will stay open:

  • Schools, universities, and childcare facilities 
  • Essential shops like grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. 

Travel Restrictions

While PM Johnson didn't mention travel at all in his press conference, the UK.Gov site soon updated with intense new travel rules during the lockdown. 

  • Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed.
  • This includes holidays both abroad and in the UK.
  • If you own a second home, you are also not permitted to use it during the lockdown
  • Hotels will only be permitted for business stays. Leisure stays will be denied.

Travel for business purposes will still be permitted, both abroad and domestic. 

NHS covid UK

Since the start of the pandemic, the UK has seen over 1 million total cases, with over 46,000 deaths, giving them the 5th highest death toll in the world.

Tourist wearing face mask in front of Big ben in london (1)

The UK has generally remained ‘open’ for tourism during the pandemic, despite a 14-day quarantine required for almost all foreign nationals entering the country, which reportedly is very rarely enforced.

At this time there are no changes for entry requirements into the UK.

Travelers are still free to enter, with a 14-day quarantine, which has residents questioning why foreigners can come in if citizens cannot go out. 

Sources: Boris Johnson’s LIVE press conference Oct 31 /

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