The Return of Lockdown

Author: Kevin Holder
In: Article Published: Saturday 31 October 2020


Announcement - 31st October 2020

Boris Johnson today announced that a national lockdown will be reintroduced on Thursday 5th November 2020 and continue until Wednesday 2nd December 2020 at which point the Second Lockdown will cease and there will be a return to the tiered system. The measures are to be placed before Parliament on Monday. They will be debated on Wednesday with a view to them coming into force on Thursday. 

Requirement to stay at home

The Prime Minister stated that the effect of those measures will be that citizens must stay at home unless:

  • for education;
  • for work if you cannot work from home;
  • for exercise and recreation outdoors with your household, on your own, or with one person from another household;
  • for medical reasons;
  • to escape injury or harm;
  • to shop for food and essentials;
  • to provide care for vulnerable people or as a volunteer.


  • Non essential shops, leisure, and entertainment venues will be closed. Click and collect services and essential shops will remain open;
  • Pubs, bars, and restaurants must close except for takeaway and delivery services;
  • Workplaces can remain open where people cannot work from home, for example in the construction and manufacturing sector. 

Support Bubbles

Single parent housholds can still form support bubble with one other household and children will still be able to move between homes if their parents are separated.


This article will be updated when the relevant secondary legislation is placed before Parliament. 




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