REGIONS across England will be under a strict nationwide lockdown from Thursday November 5.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new restrictions at a press conference on Saturday October 31 after being warned that "several deaths a day" could happen if the Government failed to take any action.
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What time does lockdown start on Thursday?
The whole of England will be under a blanket national lockdown from November 5.
The restrictions will come into force at 00:01 on Thursday.
What are the new rules?
The PM ordered the country to "stay at home" for four weeks from Thursday in a fresh effort to "protect the NHS and save lives".
Brits will only be able to leave home for school, work, medical reasons, exercise, shopping or providing care to the vulnerable.
The furlough scheme will be extended with 80 per cent of pay.
Pubs and restaurants will shut but will be allowed to do takeaways and deliveries
Nurseries and schools are to remain open - but unions are already demanding they be shut
International travel will be banned - except for work purposes.
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.
There will be a nationwide ban on people mixing indoors - except for childcare.
People will be allowed to exercise as much as they like.
Manufacturing and construction will be encouraged to carry on - and Parliament and courts will stay open.
Shielding will not return but people who are vulnerable should take extra care.
How long will lockdown last?
It's expected that the strict restrictions will be in place until December 2.
The Prime Minister is expected to tell MPs this afternoon in the Commons that the Government will "seek to ease" restrictions and returned to the three-tiered local lockdown approach.
But, Boris will not promise that the restrictions will be definitely lifted at the end of the month.
He will tell MPs: “At the end of four weeks, on Wednesday 2nd December, we will seek to ease restrictions, going back into the tiered system on a local and regional basis according to the latest data and trends.
"Models of our scientists suggest that unless we act now, we could see deaths over the winter that are twice as bad or more compared with the first wave.
"Faced with these latest figures, there is no alternative but to take further action at a national level."
Cabinet minister Michael Gove admitted on November 1 that the lockdown could continue beyond the start of December if the measures do not drive the R-number down.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak today could only say he "hopes" that the restrictions will be lifted as planned.
The UK has now reported over one million coronavirus cases throughout the pandemic.
Yesterday, at least 23,254 people tested positive for Covid-19 and 162 deaths were recorded over the last 24 hours.
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