Overnight stays banned and travel apart from work discouraged under tough new Covid lockdown
OVERNIGHT stays will be banned and all travel apart from work discouraged under a tough new coronavirus lockdown.
Boris Johnson will shut down the country for four weeks in a bid to curb a surge in infections.
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As part of the new restrictions, all outbound international travel will be banned except for work.
Brits will also be told not to travel in the UK and overnight stays outside the home will be discouraged – unless they are for work reasons.
The ban marks the second time the government has advised against all non-essential travel this year – after the Foreign Office urged Brits not to leave the country in March.
It comes as a severe blow to the beleaguered travel industry as the pandemic continues to ground flights across the world.
Earlier this week, The Sun reported how both EasyJet and Heathrow airport had made layoffs as the industry struggles to recover from a second wave of infections.
The measures Boris is set to reveal include:
- Pubs and restaurants will shut but will be allowed to do takeaways and deliveries
- Nurseries and schools are to remain open
- International travel will be banned – except for work
- No overnight stays and internal UK-wide travel is set to be discouraged
- All non-essential retail will close, but supermarkets will be able to sell any and all goods they like
The lockdown is set to last until December 2 in an attempt to save the nation's Christmas.
Boris Johnson's announcement comes as the UK today passed the grim milestone of over 1 million coronavirus cases.
Another 21,915 more positive test results were confirmed today, with another 326 fatalities.
In the last few weeks both Spain and France have surpassed 1million positive cases, with France announcing national lockdown restrictions earlier this week.
Fears are now mounting that Britain could follow suit, as the total number of infections hit 1,011,660 today.
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