As expected, the Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown in England, starting immediately. The lockdown rules seem to be broadly the same as the first lockdown in March – more details as they come in. Schools and colleges finally will be closed and exams will change. People at high risk are being asked to resume shielding again, although we don’t know yet if there will be any proper support for shielders. Critically, no end date for the lockdown was announced, although later Government information suggests the lockdown will be reviewed in mid-February.
The PM hopes that all residents of care homes, all frontline NHS and care workers, everyone over 70 and all extremely clinically vulnerable people will have had one dose of a vaccine by the middle of February. This is a very challenging target and may not be met. Remember, too, that one vaccine dose will not give people complete protection until they get the second dose.
BuDS will continue to bring you fact-checked analysis as we get more information.
For official Government guidance, please see this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home