Boris Johnson announced a four-week lockdown in England on Saturday evening.

31-10-2020PA Media

On Saturday evening, Boris Johnson announced a second national lockdown for England in order to prevent a "medical and moral disaster" for the National Health Service.

Christmas, the prime minister said, may be "very different", but he hoped taking action now would mean families can gather.

Non-essential shops and hospitality will have to close for four weeks from Thursday, but unlike the restrictions in the spring, schools, colleges and universities will be able to stay open.

The new measure will come in on Thursday, and after 2 December, the restrictions would be eased and regions would go back to the tiered system, the prime minister said.

Boris Johnson added: "Christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different, but it's my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action now we can allow families across the country to be together."

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Mike / Hace about 1 year

No idea 🤷‍♂️ schools universities to stay open parents gossiping at school gates university students still drinking mixing like usual exercise you can go on for hours at a time stand talking in groups in parks the blokes a clown covid will still spread while he takes this action in 4 weeks time it’ll be extended as he realises he should have closed everything not just business Christmas is going to be under lockdown the government are trying to do it on the sly these next 4 weeks are going to be hell for the shops panic buying had already started as the bbc couldn’t keep their mouths shut and started the panic buying by guessing what was coming you can’t have one rule for half the population it’s all or nothing civil unrest is on the cards as if we haven’t enough to deal with