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December 20, 2020

Lockdown gets tougher in Britain

 
December 20, 2020

LONDON: A new, tougher fourth tier of coronavirus restrictions for London and much of south-east England has been announced. It starts on Sunday.

The whole of Wales is entering another lockdown from 00:01 on Sunday. And the whole of mainland Scotland will begin a new lockdown from 00:01 on Saturday 26 December.

The planned relaxation of coronavirus rules at Christmas has been scrapped for tier four areas. People will only be allowed to celebrate Christmas with members of their own household and support bubbles.

Elsewhere in England - across tiers one to three - the plan to allow "Christmas bubbles” from 23 to 27 December is being changed to Christmas Day only.

There will also be a travel ban between England and Scotland throughout the Christmas period.

All areas of England have been placed in one of four tiers, depending on factors such as how fast Covid is spreading and pressure on hospitals

People in tiers one to three are advised not to travel into the new tier four areas. And across all tiers the government has announced that people should now “stay local”.

Tier four restrictions are similar to the last national lockdown in England, in November. They include:

Residents being asked to stay at home - although those who have to travel for education or work may continue to do so Social mixing will be restricted to meeting one other person from outside your household or support bubble in an open public space · All non-essential retail will have to close, along with hairdressers, nail bars, and indoor entertainment venues· Gyms and indoor swimming pools must close but outdoor pools, sports courts and golf courses can stay open