01 Nov, 2020 | Bankis
Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown across the UK on Saturday, after a fast rise in coronavirus cases. The measures will come into effect on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. The Prime Minister has been forced to act after Britain's infections increased and Tier 3 restrictions across much of England failed to stem the spread. The announcement came on the same day the UK surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove admitted the national lockdown may be extended beyond 2 December but told BBC's Andrew Marr that they are being "guided by the facts".
Once the national lockdown eases on December 2nd, the country will adhere an exit strategy, and will continue to follow the restrictions from the tier system. The current lockdown is similar to a fourth tier, however, Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, said the Government was “striving” to avoid blanket restrictions.
The governemt grant for business and self -employed will also be extrended to cover the new lockdown period. Those who qualify can apply from the 14th December 2020.