Boris Johnson insisted on Saturday he had no choice but to impose a second national lockdown to save tens of thousands of lives in the second wave of coronavirus.
From one minute past midnight on Thursday, the whole of England will be plunged into the harshest measures since the original lockdown in the spring, subject to a vote in Parliament on Wednesday.
The new rules will apply until at least December 2, when the regional tiering system is expected to return. Areas will be placed into Tiers 1, 2 or 3 depending on the prevalence of the virus locally at that point.
The overall package announced by Boris Johnson puts Britain into one of the toughest lockdown regimes in Europe, and is almost as harsh as the measures imposed in March, with the biggest difference being that schools will remain open.
Five things I’m doing to beat the virus
No bender in November; I will continue my stay sober in October campaign and furlough alcohol for another month. http://www.gosober.org.uk/users/henry-tapper
No shirking with home working; there is no point going into an office when you can work from home. I have no intention of spending any time in any office in November and intend to work as hard as ever
Get slim without the gym; my BMI is down from 35 to 27 but I want to get it to 20 by Christmas. That means losing another two stone. I’ll be doing running and circuits in and around our little flat in Blackfriars.
Can’t wait to vaccinate; I’ve been accepted onto the Novavax COVID-19 Investigational Vaccine Clinical Trial (2019nCov-302) I’ve got a 50% chance of being vaccinated and a 50% chance of getting a placebo.
Defiant and compliant; Stella and I are not giving in to the pandemic but we are going to follow we the Government guidelines to the letter. No moonlight flits to Durham for us.
In search of church; We bid farewell to Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission this morning. We will keep the faith.