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When and where will the lock­down be­gin and end?

The lock­down will be­gin at 12.01am on Thurs­day Novem­ber 5, sub­ject to ap­proval by Par­lia­ment. It will end on Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 2 – when it is in­tended to ease the new re­stric­tions on a lo­cal and re­gional ba­sis, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data and trends at that time.

Will I have to stay at home?

Yes, much like in March. Un­der the terms of the new lock­down, you may only leave your home for spe­cific rea­sons. Th­ese will in­clude:

■ Ed­u­ca­tion

■ Work, if you can­not work from home

■ Ex­er­cise and re­cre­ation out­doors, ei­ther with your house­hold or bub­ble, or on your own with one per­son from an­other house­hold or bub­ble

For med­i­cal rea­sons, ap­point­ments, or to es­cape from in­jury or harm, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic abuse

To shop for food and es­sen­tials

To pro­vide care for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple or as a vol­un­teer

What shops and venues will be shut?

The list of clo­sures will be al­most iden­ti­cal to the first lock­down.

Non-es­sen­tial shops, leisure and en­ter­tain­ment venues and gyms will all close.

Pubs, bars and restau­rants must also close, ex­cept for take­away and de­liv­ery.

As in the pre­vi­ous lock­down, click-and-col­lect ser­vices can con­tinue and es­sen­tial shops, in­clud­ing for food, will re­main open. Of­fi­cials be­lieve there is no need for stock­pil­ing.

The def­i­ni­tion of es­sen­tial re­tail will be sim­i­lar to the last lock­down.

Hair­dressers will be closed.

Places of worship will re­main open for pri­vate prayer.

Full lists of clo­sures are ex­pected to be pub­lished in the com­ing days.

Will the Premier League con­tinue?

Yes. Elite sport – in­clud­ing the Premier League – can con­tinue be­cause it has Covid mea­sures in place. But am­a­teur sport, in­clud­ing Satur­day leagues, will be put on hold for the du­ra­tion of the four-week lock­down.

It is likely golf clubs will need to shut.

Is the rule of six still in place?

No, the rule of six will be re­placed by the rules be­low. How­ever, that re­stric­tion may re­turn from De­cem­ber 2.

Can I meet friends and fam­ily?

Like in the first lock­down, any so­cial mix­ing be­tween dif­fer­ent house­holds or bub­bles – in­doors or out­doors – will be banned.

The ex­cep­tion to this is two peo­ple only, from two house­holds or bub­bles, will be al­lowed to meet in a pub­lic open space, such as a park.

That means only one per­son from each house­hold or bub­ble – no more.

The meet­ing place must be open space – the ex­emp­tion does not ap­ply to pri­vate gar­dens.

You can also con­tinue to meet peo­ple as part of a sup­port bub­ble or child­care bub­ble – see panel Do bub­bles still ex­ist (top right).

The ex­ist­ing ex­emp­tions – for work­places and ed­u­ca­tion, for ex­am­ple – still ap­ply.

Will travel be banned?

Yes – al­though it is not cur­rently clear if this will be a le­gal ban or just guid­ance.

Peo­ple will be told not to travel un­less for a limited num­ber of es­sen­tial rea­sons – sim­i­lar to those for leav­ing your house (above).

Peo­ple will be ex­pected not to go on hol­i­days, ei­ther here in the UK or abroad.

Travel for work – in­clud­ing abroad – will still be al­lowed.

The Government is ex­pected to clar­ify whether this will be a le­gal ban or just guid­ance.

The cur­rent sys­tem of travel cor­ri­dors is ex­pected to re­main in place.

Will shield­ing re­sume?

No, shield­ing will not re­sume un­der the new lock­down.

How­ever, the more than 2■mil­lion peo­ple deemed “clin­i­cally ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble” who shielded last time will be asked to min­imise their con­tact with oth­ers, and to not go to work even if they are un­able to work from home.

The “clin­i­cally vul­ner­a­ble” – which in­cludes all over-70s and peo­ple with con­di­tions such as di­a­betes and asthma – will be asked to be es­pe­cially care­ful to fol­low the rules and to min­imise con­tacts with oth­ers.

Should I still go to school, univer­sity and work?

Yes, un­less you can work from home. The ex­cep­tion to this is peo­ple who pre­vi­ously shielded. Even if they can­not work from home, they are ad­vised not to re­turn to the work­place. What are the dif­fer­ences be­tween this lock­down and the March lock­down?

The big­gest dif­fer­ence is that schools and other ed­u­ca­tional set­tings are be­ing told to re­main open.

The other big­gest dif­fer­ence is that this one has a set cut-off date, which is De­cem­ber 2.

And while work­ing from home will be pre­ferred, those who can­not do so – in­clud­ing in con­struc­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing – are be­ing en­cour­aged to keep go­ing to work.

In an­other big dif­fer­ence, peo­ple will be told to con­tinue us­ing the NHS for non-Covid health care. The idea of this lock­down is to pre­vent the NHS hav­ing to once again stop rou­tine care.

The rules on go­ing out­side are also slightly more re­laxed than they ini­tially were in March.

Un­like be­fore, there will be no limit to the num­ber of times a day you can ex­er­cise.

Play­grounds will also stay open, which they did not in the first lock­down.

And peo­ple will be al­lowed to sit down in the park, in­clud­ing for a pic­nic or on a bench.

In a pub­lic open space, such as a park, peo­ple can meet one per­son from one other house­hold or bub­ble – but only if there’s no more than two peo­ple in the gath­er­ing.

Will fur­lough re­sume?

Yes. It is ex­pected peo­ple will be paid 80 per cent of their wages, as they were un­der the orig­i­nal fur­lough scheme, un­til De­cem­ber 2. The ex­act rules are yet to be an­nounced. How­ever, this would be more gen­er­ous than the Job Sup­port Scheme (JSS) which had been due to ap­ply from to­day.

Un­der the JSS, peo­ple whose venues were shut down were to get 67 per cent of their salary from Novem­ber 1 – less than the 80 per cent un­der the orig­i­nal fur­lough scheme.

Peo­ple whose venues re­mained open would have been able to work part-time, get­ting 73 per cent to 100 per cent of their salary, de­pend­ing on how many hours they worked.

Do ‘bub­bles’ still ex­ist?

Yes. Sup­port bub­bles will re­main, which means one house­hold of any size can “bub­ble up” with a house­hold that only has one adult in it.

Those two can then act as if they are in one house­hold, as long as the ar­range­ment is ex­clu­sive and they are not in any other bub­bles.

The def­i­ni­tion or rules for sup­port bub­bles will not change.

Child­care bub­bles – which al­low in­for­mal child­care for kids un­der 14 – will also re­main as they are now.

Why is this hap­pen­ing now?

Of­fi­cials say they had no choice but to act af­ter data shown to Min­is­ters in­di­cated the NHS would have be­come over­whelmed by new cases long be­fore Christ­mas.

How­ever, crit­ics of Boris John­son say that dan­ger has been clear for months and he was too slow to re­spond.

Min­is­ters were told that SAGE’s pan­demic mod­el­ling group, SPI-M, as­sessed from the cur­rent tra­jec­tory of in­fec­tions that the NHS will sur­pass its fixed and surge bed ca­pac­ity in the first week of De­cem­ber.

The “surge ca­pac­ity” in­cludes the Nightin­gale hos­pi­tals, re­al­lo­cated re­sources, and the can­celling of other elec­tive surgery.

Min­is­ters were told the virus is ac­tu­ally spread­ing faster in some less badly hit ar­eas.

Within four weeks, the South West could be in the po­si­tion the North West is to­day.

In the South East, num­bers are dou­bling faster than in the North West, while the East Mid­lands and West Mid­lands have the fastest dou­bling times in the coun­try.

Min­is­ters were also shown Of­fice for Na­tional Statis­tics es­ti­mates that around 568,100 (1 in 100 in Eng­land) now have Covid19, com­pared to 1 in 2,300 in July.

While the preva­lence is worse in parts of the North, the R value is above 1 every­where.

Will MPs get a vote on the new lock­down? Yes. There will be a de­bate and a vote on the lock­down in the Com­mons, likely to hap­pen on Wed­nes­day. John­son spoke to Starmer and the Speaker yes­ter­day and will make a state­ment to MPs to­mor­row at 3.30pm.

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