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5 November 2020, 16:35
New restrictions for England have come into force after MPs backed a second national lockdown.
From Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December England will remain in another national lockdown in the country’s latest efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops have been forced to shut and the nation is being urged to stay indoors unless heading out for exercise or other important reasons such as picking up medicine or delivering groceries to someone clinically vulnerable.
Believe it or not, there is a little more freedom this time around.
Here’s how lockdown two is different to the lockdown we faced in March:
Nurseries, schools, colleges and universities are staying open this time, with uni students urged to stay on campus in case they spread the virus across the country when returning home.
This could have a damaging effect on the R rate, as pupils in secondary schools could continue to spread the virus.
While there was a ban on people from different households mixing in the first lockdown, this time you are allowed to meet one person from another household or social bubble outdoors, permitted you keep to the two-metre social distancing rule.
Children below pre-school age are not included in the two-person limit.
A number of people are entering second lockdown as part of a support ‘bubble’, which didn’t exist back in March.
It means that an adult who lives alone or a single parent family can mix with another nominated household of any size.
During the first part of lockdown in March people could only exercise outdoors for one hour, something which hasn’t been reinstated for this second round.
Instead, you can spend unlimited amounts of time outdoors.
Non-essential shops are closing, but click and collect services, where customers order goods online and pick them up, are staying open.
The service involves little contact and could keep more people employed.
During the first lockdown dentists and opticians were only open for emergencies, but they can stay open as usual this time.
This change is after the alarming level of missed appointments earlier this year, as people feared being exposed to the virus or burdening the NHS.
Bars and restaurants are shut once again but this time they can keep operating for delivery and takeaways.
Thousands of house moves were put on hold during the first lockdown as the property market completely closed, but the sector can keep moving during lockdown two.
Rishi Sunak announced in July there would be a temporary holiday on stamp duty until the end of March next year, and many people are keen to move before then.
Around two million vulnerable people had to shield (stay home) in the first lockdown, but many found this “very restrictive”.
During lockdown part two, clinically vulnerable people have been urged to take extra care to minimise contact with others and have been advised not to go to the shops, but can still exercise and attend school.