BORIS Johnson addressed the nation tonight explaining the tough new restrictions he's bringing in to combat the coronavirus second wave.
The PM explained his plan to tell Brits they have to work from home if possible and fleshed out details of the 10pm curfew he's bringing in for pubs and restaurants.
The tough new restriction could last for the next six months, the PM warned earlier today.
If it fails, he warned that a second national lockdown couldn't be ruled out.
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SPIRIT OF TOGETHERNESS
Rounding off his speech, the PM said there are “unquestionably difficult months to come” but “if we follow these simple rules together, we will get through this winter together”.
“Now is the time for us all to summon the discipline, and the resolve, and the spirit of togetherness that will carry us through.”
BETTER BY SPRING
Boris said doctors and medical advisers “are rightly worried” about the data and risks over winter but “they are unanimous that things will be far better by the spring”.
He said then there will “not only the hope of a vaccine” but the possibility of “mass testing so efficient that people will be able to be tested in minutes so they can do more of the things they love”.
The PM said he’s “deeply, spiritually reluctant to make any of these impositions, or infringe anyone’s freedom”.
But added: “If we let this virus get out of control now, it would mean that our NHS had no space – once again – to deal with cancer patients and millions of other non-covid medical needs.”
Boris said he has announced “a package of tougher measures in England” and “for that minority who may continue to flout the rules, we will enforce those rules with tougher penalties and fines of up to £10,000”.
“We will put more police out on the streets and use the army to backfill if necessary.”
THE REGIONAL SPREAD OF COVID
This map shows how coronavirus is spreading across the country.
WORST CASE SCENARIO
Coronavirus could double every SEVEN days, experts have warned resulting in close to 50,000 new cases a day within weeks.
Mr Johnson said “the single greatest weapon we bring to this fight is the common sense of the people themselves”.
Infection rates are rising in Spain and France and the virus is “no less fatal” than in the spring, said the PM, meaning “we risk many more deaths, many more families losing loved ones before their time”.
NEW CASES IN ENGLAND PER 100,000
Here's how coronavirus cases are increasing in the UK
IN IT TOGETHER
Boris Johnson ended his statement by saying “now is the time for us all to summon the discipline, and the resolve, and the spirit of togetherness that will carry us through.”
SIX MONTHS OF RESTRICTIONS
Unless they are living in local lockdowns, those were shielding earlier in the year don't need to return to staying indoors at all times, the PM said.
But he added that the new measures could remain in place for another six months.
ADULT INDOOR TEAM SPORTS OFF
Indoor sport which breaks the rule of six will be banned from Thursday.
Exemptions will be ditched to tighten up the rules and stop the spread of the virus in certain settings
WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS
Weddings are going to be slashed back from 30 down to 15.
Funerals will stay on the same rules allowing up to 30 attendees.
BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD
The PM said: “And the fight against covid is by no means over. I have no doubt, however, that there are great days ahead.
“But now is the time for us all to summon the discipline, and the resolve, and the spirit of togetherness that will carry us through.
GREATER RESTRICTIONS WARNING
The PM gave warnings that significantly greater restrictions could be slapped on the country if all our actions fail to bring the R below 1 in the coming weeks.
HURTING THOSE MOST AT RISK
The PM said “If we were forced into a new national lockdown, that would threaten not just jobs and livelihoods but the loving human contact on which we all depend.
“It would mean renewed loneliness and confinement for the elderly and vulnerable, and ultimately it would threaten once again the education of our children. We must do all we can to avoid going down that road again.
“But if people don’t follow the rules we have set out, then we must reserve the right to go further.”
TOO MANY BREACHES
The PM said despite the “vast majority” of people in this “freedom loving country” obeying the rules, there “have been too many breaches”.
There have been “too many opportunities for the invisible enemy to slip through undetected” and “the virus has started to spread again in an exponential way”.
COVID GUIDELINES FOR RETAIL, LEISURE NOW LEGAL OBLIGATIONS
COVID guidelines for the retail, leisure and tourism sectors will become legal obligations – meaning companies could be fined or closed if they break the rules
The PM said “Of course I am deeply, spiritually reluctant to make any of these impositions, or infringe anyone’s freedom,
“But unless we take action the risk is that we will have to go for tougher measures later, when the deaths have already mounted and we have a huge caseload of infection such as we had in the spring.”
SPIRIT OF SACRIFICE
The PM paid tribute to the “spirit of national sacrifice and community” when pandemic took hold.
“We followed the guidance to the letter. We stayed at home, protected the NHS, and saved thousands of lives.”
Individuals not wearing a face covering will now pay double the previous fine of £100 to £200.
Face masks will now be mandatory for retail workers and users of taxis.
Hospitality staff and their customers will also need to wear masks – unless seated at a table to eat or drink.
PUBS, RESTAURANTS & LEISURE VENUES WILL CLOSE AT 10PM
Pubs and other entertainment and leisure venues will have to shut at 10pm from Thursday evening onwards.
They won't be able to open between 10pm and 5am – but takeaway venues can continue as usual.
Pubs and other restaurants and cafes will have to offer table service by law, too.
WORK FROM HOME IF YOU CAN
People should work from home if they can – or if their workplace isn't Covid-safe but MPs will stay in Parliament.
The PM said, however, that in key public services and in all professions where homeworking is not possible such as construction or retail that people should continue to attend their workplaces.
WE WILL WIN
Boris said he's “more certain than ever that this is a struggle that humanity will win and we in this country will win.”
But he adds that we “must take action now” if we are to stall the virus' growth.
HOSPITAL ADMISSION DOUBLED IN LAST FORTNIGHT
Boris Johnson said that the UK has reached a perilous turning point in its fight against coronavirus.
Hospital admission in the UK has more than doubled in the last fortnight, he says.
Boris Johnson has called the struggle against coronavirus “the single biggest crisis the world has faced in my lifetime.”
“In less than a year this disease has killed almost a million people, and caused havoc to economies everywhere,” he says.
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