Boris Johnson addressed the nation tonight (Monday, January 4) in a televised speech which announced a strict national lockdown in order to attempt to supress Covid-19.
He explained that, on December 29, more than 80,000 people tested positive for Covid across the UK - a new record. The UK will now move to alert level 5, meaning that, without intervention, the NHS could be overwhelmed within 21 days.
Residents are now only permitted to leave home to shop for essentials, work - if they cannot do so from home - seek medical assistance, or to escape domestic abuse, along with other ‘reasonable excuses’.
This means another crippling blow for tens of thousands of businesses across the country, as they will be required to close again in order to comply with the latest rules.
Here is the full list of what will be closed during the new national lockdown:
NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
HOSPITALITY VENUES such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm),
click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery
ACCOMMODATION such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites- except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
LEISURE AND SPORTS FACILITIES such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts,fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses
ENTERTAINMENT VENUES such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting
venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks
ANIMAL ATTRACTIONS such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves
INDOOR ATTRACTION VENUES such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise
PERSONAL CARE FACILITIES such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes
COMMUNITY CENTRES must close except for a limited number of exempt activities. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services, for example for people who do not have it at home, and for click-and-collect services.