From Sunday 20 December there will be holiday closures in London and the South East of England. Boris Johnson’s government backed down at the last minute on its plans to allow citizens to meet up to three families at Christmas. In addition, many service points and stores will have to close their doors overnight.
– The Prime Minister said at the hastily held press conference: – It is my duty to make difficult decisions. Residents of these areas must stay at home, with few exceptions. Johnson said stores that do not sell essentials – as well as gyms, leisure centers and beauty salons – should close.
Poles living in and around London will not return to Poland at Christmas. British government tightens restrictions
The UK capital and the surrounding areas will therefore find themselves in the fourth risk zone of the new coronavirus. So far, there have been three regions. According to the new rules, people should not come to or leave this area. Its residents cannot stay outside the home. You will be able to meet only one person and only in public places, outside – for example in the park. In the rest of England, the rules will also be tightened. Instead of a five-day “leave period” for meetings with up to three families, the government will now allow meetings on December 25 only.
This also means difficulties for Poles living in the areas covered by the fourth level of restrictions – according to the Broadcasting Agency. They will not be able to come to Poland at Christmas, unless it is a business trip. Boris Johnson said: – People from District 4 will not be able to travel abroad, with a few exceptions, such as work-related travel.
The fourth region will include the counties of Kent, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and the cities of Luton, Peterborough and Hastings. The tightening of rules is linked to a new type of coronavirus that was recently identified in the UK. Scientists now believe it does not cause a more serious pathway diseasesBut it spreads more easily. The Prime Minister stressed that there are no reasons to assume this Vaccines It will be less effective for the new variant.