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Offbeat England: the authorities are introducing new restrictions

19:20  17 october  2020
19:20  17 october  2020 Source:   challenges.fr

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Angleterre : les autorités instaurent de nouvelles restrictions © Pixabay England: the authorities are establishing new restrictions More than half of the English population is affected by these new measures which aim to fight against the spread of Covid-19.

Boris Johnson raises his voice. More than half of England's population, or around 28 million people, especially in London, have been living since Saturday, October 17 under new restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the new coronavirus. Reunions between family and friends from different homes are now banned indoors, in London and other areas of England, which have a total of 11 million people. The British capital and these areas thus join other regions which were already subject to this same type of restriction after having been classified by the authorities at the "high" level, the second level of a warning system which has three.

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The tightening of screws is even stronger in the Lancashire region (north-west), second after Liverpool to be classified in the "very high" alert level, due to a very high prevalence of the new coronavirus. Pubs that do not serve meals have been closed there since Saturday and private meetings are drastically restricted, with people from different households unable to meet either indoors or outdoors, except in a park or on the beaches. Across England, meetings of more than six people were already banned and pubs and restaurants are to close at 10 p.m. The Greater Manchester region (north-west) is also at risk of falling into the highest alert level, Prime Minister Boris Johnson having threatened local authorities on Friday to override their refusal to tighten restrictions there.

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In Northern Ireland (1.9 million inhabitants), which like the other provinces of the country is defining its own response to the health crisis, pubs and restaurants closed for a month on Friday, while school holidays were extended to two weeks. In Wales, people coming from areas with a high prevalence of the virus elsewhere in the country have been banned from entry since Friday evening.

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