From 5th November until 2nd December England will be under new national lockdown measures.
- Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Close certain businesses and venues.
Full guidance on can be found HERE
The Government has done all that it can to avoid the need for a second lockdown but unfortunately the situation in the UK, and across other parts of Europe, is serious and we must take further action now before the exponential growth gets out of control. Even in Medway, where we have done well in keeping the prevalence of the virus low throughout the pandemic, the rate at which cases and hospital admissions are now increasing here is worrying.
If the NHS were to be overwhelmed, it would mean non-Covid cases turned away from hospital because there is no room left, critically important surgeries and treatments cancelled and many left without treatment – we cannot let this happen. We will increase NHS capacity as much as possible but even if we doubled NHS capacity, that extra capacity would also be full within a single doubling time of the virus.
To stem these increases from 5th November, the Government believes it has no other option other than to order certain businesses and venues to close for 28 days. The basic purpose of these closures is to reduce contact between people in order to curtail infection.