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When did lockdown start in the UK? – The Sun

ByDNP

Feb 22, 2021

ENGLAND has been placed into national lockdown THREE times since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil his four-step plan to ease restrictions across the country later today.

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 England has been under lockdown since November 5

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England has been under lockdown since November 5Credit: London News Pictures

When did the UK lockdown start?

The first lockdown started on March 23, 2020 and the restrictions lasted into July.

The second UK lockdown was announced on October 31, despite the Prime Minister vowing to do “everything in his power” to avoid the measures.

The measures came into force on Thursday, November 5, and ended on December 2.

On January 4, 2021, a third national lockdown was confirmed.

What have the restrictions been since the beginning?

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How long will the third UK lockdown last?

In a televised address to the nation on January 4, 2021, Boris Johnson said people will only be allowed out of their homes to buy essential food and medicine supplies, attend medical appointments, exercise, work if it is critical and cannot be done from home and to provide care for a vulnerable person.

All schools and non-essential shops are now closed but nurseries can remain open.

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Brits are expected to find out a more specific date for the end of lockdown when the Prime Minister addresses the nation at 7pm on Monday, February 22.

It is understood that lockdown easing could take FOUR months – with restrictions eased in stages every five weeks.

The gap between each stage of easing is expected to be five weeks – meaning it could be four months until lockdown is fully lifted on June 21.

Regional tiers have been ditched and all parts of England will begin the phased return to normality together.

The rule of six is expected to be reintroduced across Britain for outdoor gatherings from March 29.

 Closed shops pictured on an empty New Bond Street, London as England continues another lockdown

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Closed shops pictured on an empty New Bond Street, London as England continues another lockdownCredit: PA:Press Association

Has the UK been on lockdown like this before?

This is the third time the country has been in a lockdown in just a matter of months.

The last time the UK and Europe has had to deal with a pandemic on this scale was the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918.

Around 50million people died and almost 40 per cent of the world’s population were infected.

We’ve had a few close calls with illnesses like swine flu in 2009-10, but it wasn’t on the same scale as coronavirus.

 Boris Johnson will address the nation to discuss the plan to get out of lockdown
Boris Johnson will address the nation to discuss the plan to get out of lockdownCredit: AP:Associated Press
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