UK COVID-19 measures: Johnson locks down England

LONDON (Reuters) - The 67 million population of the United Kingdom is living under some sort of COVID-19 restrictions, though the severity of the rules varies.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a press conference where he is expected to announce new restrictions to help combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain October 31, 2020. Alberto Pezzali/Pool via REUTERS

Following are details on the measures which are in place or planned for different parts of the UK after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a lockdown for England:

ENGLAND - Entire population of 56 million under lockdown from Thursday morning at one minute past midnight. It will last until Dec. 2.

The main points of the lockdown are:

- People can only leave home for specific reasons, such as education, work if it cannot be done from home, exercise and recreation outdoors - limited to people from the same household or one person from another household - medical reasons, to shop for food and essentials, or to provide care for the vulnerable;

- Schools, colleges and universities to stay open; playgrounds will also stay open;

- All pubs and restaurants will close unless they are providing deliveries;

- All non-essential retail to close;

- Elite sport will continue. Organised amateur sports for adult and children will be asked to stop;

- Places of worship will remain open for private prayer while funerals will be limited to close family members only.

SCOTLAND - 5.5 million


Limit of a maximum of six people from two households meeting; takeaways from pubs and restaurants allowed; accommodation may serve evening meals but no alcohol; weddings and funerals can continue, with alcohol served and a limit of 20 people; shops must reintroduce mitigations and 2 metre distancing with one-way systems.

CENTRAL BELT - around 3.4 million people

Pubs closed (except takeaways); cafes must shut at 6 p.m.; no group exercise classes or amateur sports practice; bowling alleys, casinos, pool and bingo halls all closed.

- Covers Ayrshire & Arran; Forth Valley; Greater Glasgow & Clyde; Lanarkshire; Lothian (including Edinburgh)

From Nov. 2 each area of Scotland will be assigned one of five COVID tiers.

REST OF SCOTLAND - around 2.1 million people

Indoor hospitality must close at 6 p.m., with no sale of alcohol allowed; Outdoor premises can stay open until 10 p.m., including alcohol sales where licensed.

WALES: 3.15 million

- Two-week “fire-break” lockdown from Oct. 23 in which everybody apart from essential workers must stay at home, except for very limited purposes, such as for exercise.

NORTHERN IRELAND - 1.9 million

Northern Ireland has closed schools for two weeks and restaurants for four weeks from Oct. 16. Neighbouring Ireland has responded by tightening curbs in bordering counties.

The closure will affect the entire hospitality sector, except takeaway and delivery services, and double the length of the October school break from one week to two.

Retail will remain open, but “close contact services” such as hairdressers and beauticians will be closed.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Paul Sandle; Editing by Stephen Addison/Mark Heinrich/Nick Macfie