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UK Travel Warning: Local Lockdowns Announced

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Travel Off Path is warning all travelers headed to the UK that new local lockdowns have been announced resulting in movement restrictions, bar closures and home gatherings. 

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced on Monday that a new three level warning system will go into place starting Wednesday October 14th to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

london restaurant during covid

The three level warning system includes the follow restrictions: 


Areas Affected – Country Wide

  • 10:00 pm curfew on all restaurants and bars
  • No gatherings of groups larger than six
  • Social distancing in effect 
  • Face masks in indoor public areas


Areas Affected – Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Warrington, Derbyshire, Lancashire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, the North East, Tees Valley, West Midlands, Leicester, and Nottingham

In addition to the medium level restrictions:

  • All in home gatherings are banned
  • All indoor social gatherings are banned
  •  All outdoor gathering limited to six
travelers wearing masks

Very High

Areas Affected – Liverpool

In addition to the medium and high restrictions:

  • All bars and pubs will be closed 
  • Complete ban on social mixing indoors and in private gardens
  • Do not travel outside of affected areas 
road closed social distancing

Travelers should be aware that the three level warning system can be updated at anytime and restrictions could go into place without prior notice depending on their rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Johnson told members of Parliament that he took “no pleasure” in announcing the new lockdown measures but insisted that “we must act to save lives.”

Traveler wearing face mask in london subway

On September 24th, the UK government had already enacted sweeping new restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • Restaurants closed by 10:00 pm
  • Bars closed by 10:00 pm 
  • Table service only 
  • Social indoor gatherings limited to 6 people 
  • Social outdoor gathering limited to 6 people 
  • Weddings limited to 15 people 
  • Office workers are to work from home
  • Mandatory use of masks in all indoor public spaces

The new 3 level system takes the restrictions one step further giving the UK government power to lock down certain areas that are seeing the highest transmission rates.

Woman wearing mask at london tube station during covid 19

“We must rely on our willingness to look out for each other, to protect each other. Never in our history has our collective destiny and collective health depended on our individual behavior,” Boris Johnson said at the end of September in a video address. 

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

Travelers should be aware of the following measures while in the UK:

  • Failure to wear a mask can result in fines of £200 and double for each subsequent offense.
  • Additional police have been added to streets across the UK to help enforce the use of masks and restaurant/bar curfews.
  • The new measures only apply to England but other parts of the UK like Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland have their own measures in place. 
london subway masks

Under the current UK COVID-19 entry requirements, travelers from all countries are permitted to enter the UK with a 14 day quarantine. 

However, travelers are reporting weak quarantine enforcement measures which could lead to additional border measures. 

The UK has confirmed 634,920 cases of COVID-19 and 43,018 deaths from the virus. 

The nation is also seeing its largest number of daily cases since the pandemic began back in March. 

Daily COVID-19 Cases in the UK (Image - Worldomters)

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Originally published October 14th, 2020

Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Vinny The Adventurer

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

I may never set foot in Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand again. The way they have handled this is draconian and frightening as westernized nations.


Thursday 15th of October 2020

Where would be the place to go though? It seems most places are implementing similar policies