İrem UZUN -TDO- PM Boris Johnson has reinforced the England ‘stay at home’ message, stressing a four-week national lockdown will have a “real impact” on curbing the spread of coronavirus. During a press conference, Johnson said he appreciated the new lockdown restrictions, which came into force on Thursday, November 5, are tough and that people are fed up, but said it was crucial to remain indoors.
Pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops were forced to close on Thursday as part of the new restrictions. Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street, Johnson said the measures were "not a repeat of the spring" and there was "light at the end of the tunnel". He said the restrictions in England would "automatically expire" on 2 December. There is expected to be another vote on the next steps needed to tackle the virus before the lockdown ends. He added that although the challenge was significant across the UK, the devolved nations were working together on a joint approach, with the objective of having “as normal a Christmas as possible”.
Johnson's speech followed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of further support to businesses hit by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sunak told the Commons the scheme will pay up to 80% of a person's wage up to £2,500 a month and the policy would be reviewed in January. He said the scheme would apply throughout the UK, saying the country had "a Treasury for the whole of the United Kingdom".