The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new four-week Coronavirus lockdown across England, following warnings that hospitals would become overwhelmed within weeks under his current system of localized restrictions.
Under the stringent new rules set to come into force from Thursday, people are expected to stay at home except in cases where exemptions apply, such as for work, education or exercise, while all but essential shops will close.
Unlike the months-long UK-wide lockdown earlier this year, schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
But pubs and restaurants will shut unless serving takeaway food, while all leisure and entertainment venues and non-essential shops will close.
The restrictions are planned to end on December 2.