National lockdown: What is likely to close and stay open?

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WITH a national lockdown looming, many Brits are anxious to know what will close and what will remain open.

Here's the lowdown on what to expect as the nation braces for a second lockdown in a last-ditch bid to combat a second wave of the virus.

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A woman walks in Westminster as the UK government may impose a national lockdown next week

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A woman walks in Westminster as the UK government may impose a national lockdown next weekCredit: Alamy Live News

What are the new lockdown rules?

It remains unclear exactly what the new lockdown will look like.

However, all areas across the UK are expected to enter Tier 3 — with some facing even stricter controls.

Under Tier 3 rules, people are banned from mixing with other households, either indoors or outdoors and including in pubs and private gardens.

The lockdown would likely see all non-essential businesses close and people told to stay mostly at home.

All areas across the UK are expected to enter Tier 3 — with some facing even stricter controls

All areas across the UK are expected to enter Tier 3 — with some facing even stricter controls

How long will the new lockdown last?

The new measures are expected to last for a month.

A lockdown could begin as soon as Monday — and last until December.

Different regions would reportedly be allowed to come out of the national lockdown at different points under tiering measures and depending on the rate of infection.

Will pubs and restaurants close?

Pubs and restaurants in England will likely close.

Under the most severe Tier 3 restrictions, pubs can only open if they serve ‘substantial meals’, allowing them to act like a restaurant.

However, a second lockdown is likely to enforce stricter regulations.

An empty seating area outside a bar in Nottingham as pubs and bars prepare to close their doors

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An empty seating area outside a bar in Nottingham as pubs and bars prepare to close their doorsCredit: PA:Press Association

Will shops have to close?

All businesses deemed to be "non-essential" would need to close.

Supermarkets will remain open as usual.

However, there has been no official revealing of which businesses will need to stay open, or which will shut, as part of the plans.

A woman walks through an empty Friars Walk shopping centre on October 30, 2020 in Newport, Wales

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A woman walks through an empty Friars Walk shopping centre on October 30, 2020 in Newport, WalesCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Will schools remain open?

Unlike the last lockdown, schools, colleges and universities will remain open.

However, one union has called for universities to move all non-essential teaching online.

Can I still travel?

Brits will most likely be told to avoid all non-essential travel.

Brits will most likely be told to avoid all non-essential travel

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Brits will most likely be told to avoid all non-essential travelCredit: Alamy

Can I still get my hair cut?

Hairdressers don't automatically need to shut as part of Tier 3 lockdown rules - but they may be told to by local authorities.

This is because councils will work with the government to determine what restrictions should be enforced in their region.

This could include "closing personal care and close contact services" if they're deemed to be contributing to coronavirus levels in the area.

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The policy shift is expected to come after new data showed the extent of coronavirus cases across England.

The Office for National Statistics estimated Friday that 1 in 100 people in England, well over half a million, had the virus in the week to Oct. 23.

The U.K. is recording more than 20,000 new coronavirus infections a day, and government statisticians say the true figure is far higher.

The U.K. now has Europes highest coronavirus death toll at more than 46,000.

Britain is on the brink of passing 1,000,000 coronavirus cases as the country nears a grim milestone.

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