UK Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson has announced a 6-week lockdown in England and Scotland due to the surge in COVID-19 within the region, although, elite sports like the English premier league will continue. In a televised address, the Prime Minister told the nation to stay indoors other than for limited exceptions, with measures expected to last until mid-February.
With a week-on-week increase of 30%, and a new record high, Mr Johnson stated that he believed the country was entering "the last phase of the struggle"; and Hospitals were under "more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic". He further reiterated the slogan used earlier in the pandemic, urging people to immediately "stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives".
On Monday, the UK recorded more than 50,000 new confirmed Covid cases for the seventh day in a row. A further 58,784 cases and an additional 407 deaths within 28 days of a positive test result were reported, though deaths in Scotland were not recorded.
Excerpt FromThe Lockdown Rules
People cannot leave their homes except for certain reasons, like the first lockdown last March (e.g, essential medical needs, food shopping, exercise and work for those who cannot do so from home).
All schools and colleges will close to most pupils from Tuesday with remote learning until February half term.
Early years settings such as nurseries will stay open.
End-of-year exams will not take place this summer as normal.
Elsewhere, university students should not return to campuses and will be taught online.
Restaurants can continue to offer food delivery, but takeaway alcohol will be banned.
Outdoor sports venues - such as golf courses, tennis courts and outside gyms - must close.
But outdoor playgrounds will remain open.
Amateur team sports are not allowed, but elite sport such as Premier League football can continue.