Will There Be A Circuit Breaker Lockdown In England As Wales Confirms Theirs?
19 October 2020, 12:55
As Wales joins Northern Ireland by announcing a two-week 'fire breaker' lockdown, will England also announce this two week Coronavirus circuit breaker?
Everyone is wondering if England is set to announce a two-week circuit breaker lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19 as Wales joins Northern Ireland in confirming they will tell everyone apart from key workers to stay at home for a fortnight.
Wales is going into a national 'firebreak' lockdown which starts on Friday, 23 October until Monday, 9 November.
Everyone apart from key workers will be told to stay at home and everything apart from non essential shops will be closed, this includes pubs and restaurants.
They joining Northern Ireland, who was first to announce they were heading into a circuit breaker lockdown, however, they are allowing gyms and shops to remain open.
Naturally, everyone's sights are turning to England, wondering if we will follow in the 'short, sharp, shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus and buy us more time' as we head into winter- where it's been warned the virus will thrive.
Some think the government are waiting until the last minute to announce the circuit breaker, which would likely coincide with October half term, to the country.
Others think the country will not be placed back into lockdown due to the risk to businesses.
So who is bracing themselves for a last minute announcement of an England circuit breaker that means we have to organise remote learning within 24 hours? Am I too cynical?— Helen L 🙋🏼♀️ (@Helen29Aug) October 15, 2020
Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales now head into circuit breaker lockdowns with the virus spreading rapidly. Here in England? Nothing. And what are we doing about it? Nothing.— Liam Young (@liamyoung) October 19, 2020
As it stands, Boris Johnson is not set to make an announcement, either in the House of Commons, or to an address to the nation, so it looks like the Prime Minister will not confirm one today.
But, this is a fast-changing situation and an announcement could come later in the week, so watch this space!