U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday outlined his plan for the country's second coronavirus lockdown as the nation topped the 1 million case mark, per Johns Hopkins University data.
Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close except for takeout. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Inter-mingling between households and outbound international travel or out-of-home boarding will be prohibited. The new measures will last through at least December 2.
- Schools and universities will remain open. Courts of law, construction and manufacturing are allowed to continue.
- Private prayer will be allowed in religious spaces, but not services.
- Outdoor exercise will also be permitted.
What he's saying: “From Thursday until the start of December you must stay at home, you may only leave home for specific reasons” Johnson at a news conference, per the BBC, adding “Now is the time to take action, because there is no alternative.”
Between the lines: The prime minister has faced pressure from both sides of the political spectrum for this decision.
- The U.K. hospitality industry has already begun a legal challenge to the new lockdown measures.
The big picture: The U.K. is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases in tandem with spikes in neighboring European nations including France, Spain and Germany.
- The U.K. experienced a dramatic coronavirus outbreak this spring, during which Johnson tested positive for the illness.