Gyms and leisure facilities in large parts of the south-East of England, Scotland and Wales will be closed between 20 and 30 December 2020, said Boris Johnson:
A stringent new lockdown has come into force in London and large parts of the east and south-east of England.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tough rules are needed after a new variant of coronavirus caused cases to soar.
Nearly 18 million people entered tier four restrictions at midnight meaning they will not be able to mix with other households over Christmas.
In the rest of England, Scotland and Wales relaxed indoor mixing rules are cut from five days to Christmas Day.
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The toughest restrictions – similar to England’s second national lockdown – applies to all areas in the South East currently in tier three, covering Kent, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey (excluding Waverley), Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings.
It also applies in London (all 32 boroughs and the City of London) and the East of England (Bedford, Central Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough, Hertfordshire and Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring).
Tier four restrictions:
- Residents told to stay at home, with exemptions for those who have to travel for work or education
- Household mixing indoors is not allowed
- All non-essential retail to close, including hairdressers, nail bars, indoor gyms and leisure facilities
- Social mixing cut to meeting one person in an open public space
- Communal religious worship is still allowed
media caption‘Tier 4 residents must stay at home’ as PM announces tighter restrictions
People elsewhere will be advised not to travel into a tier four area.
The changes for England, announced at a Downing Street briefing on Saturday, will last for two weeks with the first review due on 30 December.
In Scotland, Covid restrictions will only be relaxed on Christmas Day, with mainland Scotland being placed under the tightest restrictions from Boxing Day.
- NHS pressure at is most dangerous point.
- UK’s R numbers back above one
A ban on travel to the rest of the UK will also apply over the festive period.
In Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said the the country will be placed into lockdown from midnight.
In Northern Ireland, no further changes have been made to Christmas restrictions with three households allowed to meet from 23 to 27 December. The country is set to enter a six -week lockdown from 26th of December
Following Saturday’s announcement, the Dutch government announced it was banning passenger flights between the Netherlands and the UK from 05:00 GMT Sunday, until 1 January at the latest.
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