The vast majority of England's 56 million inhabitants, especially in London, will continue to live under strict restrictions after the end of containment in early December, the British government announced Thursday, November 26, detailing its local strategy against the pandemic.
After a month of general containment ending on December 2, England will return to restrictions imposed locally depending on the incidence of the virus, according to a three-level system of severity.
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National measures (of containment) have successfully reversed the curve
" of the epidemic, said the Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, before the deputies, with a decline in the number of contaminations and hospitalizations.
I understand the impact these measures will have, but they are necessary given the scale of the threat we face,
" he insisted, stressing that local restrictions will be stricter than those prevailing before the containment in order to "
keep the virus under control
All over England, non-essential businesses will be able to reopen and schools will remain open.
Teleworking is recommended in all cases.
But in areas placed on the highest alert level, such as Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Leeds, pubs and restaurants will remain closed, being able to offer only take-out or deliveries.
It will be forbidden to meet people who do not belong to his home, inside or outside, with exceptions such as parks.
In the capital London, as in the majority of England, the risk is considered "
" (level 2): pubs and restaurants can only open if they serve meals and meetings between different households are limited to six people outside, but prohibited inside.
Only three areas have been placed in the lowest "
level: Cornwall, Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly.
This ranking will be the subject of a first evaluation on December 16.
Populations residing in areas with the highest restrictions will be offered large-scale screening, with rapid tests providing a result within an hour.
Earlier this week, the government announced a Christmas truce, allowing a maximum of three households to gather for five days from December 23 to 27.