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Boris Johnson has unveiled a new three-tiered lockdown system


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Use PoliticsHome’s interactive map to see the local lockdown restrictions in each area of Great Britain since Boris Johnson announced a new three-tier lockdown system.

Each of the UK’s four nations sets its own public health policies, meaning restrictions differ between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland

Selected postcodes in Northern Ireland are subject to localised restrictions as of 10 September. Visit nidirect.gov.uk to view the affected areas.

Postcode areas may be added and removed from the local restrictions as the patterns of infection change, and further interventions and restrictions could be added as necessary.

Face coverings: Face coverings are compulsory on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and in selected other indoor settings. They are also advised wherever social distancing is not possible.

Work from home: The government is currently advising that people should work from home where they can. Where this is not possible, employers must ensure that their workplace follows national Covid-safe guidelines.

Social distancing:  Individuals are advised to stay one metre apart from each other as of 29 June.

Gatherings: Households cannot mix indoors, with some exceptions, and no more than six people from two households can meet in a private garden. You are still able to form a social bubble with another household of any size, but gatherings indoors must be under six people. Up to 15 people from two different households can meet in an outdoor setting.

Events: Weddings and funerals are permitted indoors. The maximum number of attendees depends on the venue’s ability to ensure social distancing. A limited number of fans have been allowed to attend sporting events, and Stormont is examining the viability of increasing these numbers.

Business closures: Most indoor settings such as non-essential retail, hairdressers, libraries, places of worship, and museums and galleries have been allowed to reopen.

Curfew: As of Wednesday 30 September, all pubs and restaurants will be required to shut by 11 pm.

Travel: There are no restrictions on domestic travel, except in some areas experiencing localised lockdowns. Those arriving from selected international destinations are required to self-isolate for 14 days. You can view the current travel advice for Northern Ireland here.

Visit the nidirect.gov.uk website for all the latest rules and guidance for Northern Ireland.

England

Boris Johnson has announced a new three-tier system for grading lockdown measures across England. Under the lowest tier, the Medium Alert level, the current national restrictions will apply. They are:

Face coverings: Face coverings are compulsory on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and in selected other indoor settings such as museums, cinemas, galleries and places of worship. They are also advised wherever social distancing is not possible. Staff in the hospitality and retail sectors are now also required to wear face masks, as well as passengers in taxis.

Work from home: The government is currently advising that people should work from home where they can. Where this is not possible, employers must ensure that their workplace follows national Covid-safe guidelines.

Social distancing: Individuals are advised to stay two metres apart from each other but, where this is not possible, one metre is advised.

Gatherings: Gatherings of more than six people are illegal both indoors and outdoors as of 14 September. From 28 September, weddings ceremonies and receptions are allowed up to 15 guests. Funerals are permitted for up to 30 guests.

Events:  From 28 September, weddings ceremonies and receptions are allowed up to 15 guests. Funerals are permitted for up to 30 guests. The reopening of large sporting events, exhibition halls and conference centres due on 1 October has been postponed.

Business closures: Most indoor settings such as non-essential retail, hairdressers, libraries, places of worship, and museums and galleries have been allowed to reopen. Nightclubs have not been allowed to reopen.

Curfew: As of Thursday 24 September, all pubs and restaurants will be required to shut by 10 pm. Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service.

Travel: There are no restrictions on domestic travel, except in some areas experiencing localised lockdowns. Those arriving from selected international destinations are required to self-isolate for 14 days. You can view the latest travel advice for England here.

Under the High Alert level, the following additional restrictions are in place:

Mixing between households/support bubbles is banned indoors, including in hospitality venues.

The rule of six remains in place for any gatherings outdoors or in any other space.

People are asked to limit the amount of journeys they take, and avoid rush hour or public transport where possible.

Under the Very High Alert level, the following baseline restrictions are in place:

Pubs and bars must shut unless they can operate as a restaurant, and are only allowed to serve alcohol to those eating a meal.

People are not allowed to mix outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor space. The rule of six will also apply to open public spaces such as beaches and parks.

Wedding receptions are not allowed.

People have been asked to avoid travelling outside any ‘Very High’ area or entering another unless it is for essential travel.

Those living in ‘Very High’ areas have been asked not to stay overnight outside those areas, while those resident elsewhere have been requested not to remain overnight in any area placed in the ‘Very High’ tier.

Local leaders have also been handed powers allowed to introduce further restrictions.

Visit the gov.uk website for all the latest rules and guidance for England.

Wales

There are currently partial or full local restrictions in 13 local authorities in Wales: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Llanelli (Carmarthenshire), Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and Wrexham.

Face coverings: Face coverings are compulsory on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and in selected other indoor settings. They are also advised wherever social distancing is not possible.

Work from home: The government is currently advising that people should work from home where they can. Where this is not possible, employers must ensure that their workplace follows national Covid-safe guidelines.

Social distancing: Individuals are advised to stay two metres apart from each other, and employers are required to ensure employees can maintain a two-metre distance. Children under 11 are exempt from this rule.

Gatherings: People can only gather in groups of up to six indoors and must all belong to the same extended household group. Up to four households are able to join together to form an extended household. Children under 11 are exempt from these restrictions.

Local restrictions: In areas subject to local restrictions, people cannot form extended households or meet people from outside their household indoors. Adults living alone and single parents will still be able to form an extended household as of 3 October.

Events: As of 22 August, the number of people able to attend wedding ceremonies is dependent on the venue’s ability to ensure social distancing. Wedding receptions are allowed for up to 30 guests indoors. There are no restrictions on funeral attendance, provided social distancing is observed.

Business closures: Most indoor settings such as non-essential retail, hairdressers, libraries, places of worship, and museums and galleries have been allowed to reopen.

Curfew: All pubs and restaurants are now required to shut by 10 pm. Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service.

Travel: There are no restrictions on domestic travel, except in some areas experiencing localised lockdowns. Those arriving from selected international destinations are required to self-isolate for 14 days. You can view the latest travel advice for Wales here.

Visit the gov.wales website for all the latest rules and guidance for Wales.

Scotland

There are currently local restrictions in across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Lothian and Ayrshire and Arran health board areas.

Face coverings: Face coverings are compulsory on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and in selected other indoor settings. They are also advised wherever social distancing is not possible.

Work from home: The government is currently advising that people should work from home where they can. Where this is not possible, employers must ensure that their workplace follows national Covid-safe guidelines.

Social distancing: Individuals are advised to stay two metres apart from each other. Children under 12 do not have to social distance outdoors.

Gatherings: Gatherings of more than six people from up to two households are not permitted outdoors. Separate households can no longer meet in people’s homes, with limited exceptions. Groups of up to six people from two households can continue to meet indoors in public spaces. Children under 12 are exempt from these restrictions.

Events: Up to 20 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions. The same limit applies to funerals. The phased return of fans to large sporting fixtures from 5 October as been postponed.

Business closures: Licenses premises can only serve alcohol outdoors. Most indoor settings such as non-essential retail, hairdressers, libraries, places of worship, and museums and galleries have been allowed to reopen.

All pubs and restaurants are required to shut indoor areas by 6 pm until 06:00 26 October. They can serve alcohol outdoors and provide take away until 10 pm. Venues will also only be allowed to offer table service.

Travel: There are no restrictions on domestic travel, except in some areas experiencing localised lockdowns. Those arriving from selected international destinations are required to self-isolate for 14 days. You can view the latest travel advice for Scotland here.

Visit the gov.scot website for all the latest rules and guidance for Scotland.

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Poland’s biggest protests in decades stand against abortion ban

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Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski said more than 100,000 people were in attendance, while protest organizers put the figure at 150,000.

Police detained 37 people Friday evening, the vast majority of whom were football hooligans, Sylwester Marczak, spokesman for the Warsaw Police headquarters, said Saturday morning. Taking into account the huge number of participants, it was a “very peaceful” protest, he added.

Demonstrations of this scale were last seen in the Solidarity movement of the 1980s in Poland which led to the collapse of the government, analysts say.

The protest in Warsaw was the culmination of nine days of nationwide protests since a court ruling on October 22 deemed abortion due to fetal defects to be unconstitutional. This meant abortion in Poland would only be legal in two scenarios — if the pregnancy threatened the mother’s life and health, or if a woman became pregnant following rape or incest.

Demonstrators also turned out in Gdańsk, Białystok, Poznan, Kraków, Wroclaw, Torun, Sczescin, Myślenice, Gorlice and Jasło on Friday.

According to local media, 430,000 people attended more than 400 demonstrations across the country against the ban on Wednesday. Online supporters are using the tag #ThisIsWar to show solidarity with those marching.

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The protests have been taking place in defiance of a ban on gatherings of more than five people due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Aerial footage of the demonstration in Warsaw posted to social media showed the vast scale of the turnout there on Friday evening.

Protest organizers urged protesters to make their way towards the residence of Jaroslaw Kaczyński, the leader of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice Party Leader (PiS) who is widely seen as the de facto decision maker in Poland. The demonstration ended there at around 11 p.m. local time and organizers urged protesters to make their way home safely.

Kaczyński on Wednesday called the protesters “criminals” and said people taking part in mass gatherings were endangering people’s lives given the surge in coronavirus cases in Poland.

Thousands of protesters march towards the residence of ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski during the demonstration Friday in Warsaw.

Draft amendment

In an apparent softening of his stance, Polish President Andrzej Duda on Friday submitted a draft amendment to the controversial law which would legalize abortion in situations where the baby has “lethal defects” and would die soon after birth.

The amendment would mean abortion would remain legal in an event where “prenatal tests or other medical indications indicate a high probability that the child will be born still or burdened with an incurable disease or defect that will lead to the death of the child inevitably and directly,” according to a statement from Duda on Friday.

“It is an extremely delicate and painful situation for every mother, for every parent. In the case of lethal defects, the death of the child is inevitable. The protection of his life is therefore beyond human power,” the statement also said.

Duda had earlier clarified his stance on abortion in such cases in an interview with Polish radio station RMF FM. “You must clearly ask yourself whether anyone has the right to demand, or the law may require such a woman to… bear such a child in her womb and then bear the entire physical cost of birth,” Duda said.

Duda added that he did not think abortion should be legal in situations where a child has Down syndrome, for example, and the life of the unborn child is not at risk.

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The ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal removed one of the few remaining grounds for legal termination in the country, which already had some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe.

Abortions due to fetal defects comprised approximately 98% of all legal abortions carried out in Poland in 2019, according to data from the Polish Ministry of Health.

Asked about the ongoing protests across Poland over the controversial court ruling, Duda condemned the demonstrators who disrupted church services earlier this week.

“If we are talking about acts of physical or verbal aggression, if we are talking about invading churches, if we are talking about insulting religious feelings, profaning places of worship, I am sorry, but the boundaries are definitely exceeded here,” he said.

Abortion rights protest leaders have accused the populist PiS party of pushing the court to tighten abortion restrictions in order to please the party’s base, and the Church. Church leaders have denied influencing the change in law.

Covid warning

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday urged protesters not to go out on the streets as he announced further steps to try to limit the spread of Covid-19.

“I understand your anger, but I urge you to stay at home, especially for the sake of seniors,” he said.

The measures include closing cemeteries for three days, urging business owners to allow employees to work from home and urging older citizens to remain at home.

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski told Polish news channel TVN24 on Friday that he looked with “great concern” at the protests and urged people to isolate themselves from those taking part, saying they could be more exposed to Covid-19.

On Friday, Poland recorded 21,629 new coronavirus cases, marking another record high in the country, where case counts have tripled in less than a month. A further 202 deaths were also reported by the Polish Health Ministry, with the total number of confirmed infections in the country surpassing 340,000.

CNN’s Zahid Mahmood contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus: Hungary and Poland see record cases

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Greece is the latest country to announce a partial lockdown, with restaurants and other leisure activities closed in major Greek cities from Tuesday. “We must act now, before intensive care units buckle under the strain of lives in danger,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Saturday. Greece has not seen as many cases as other parts of Europe, but there has been a steady increase since early October

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Philippines typhoon: Evacuation ordered as Goni, the world’s strongest storm of 2020, approaches

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Typhoon Goni — known locally as Rolly — is a category 5 storm with 215 kilometers per hour (133 miles per hour) sustained winds and gusts of up to 265 kph (164 mph). It will make landfall on Sunday as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines since Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people in November 2013.

Pre-emptive evacuations have started in coastal and landslide-prone communities in the provinces of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, while the Albay provincial government will order residents in risky areas to leave their homes, Gremil Naz, a local disaster official, told DZBB radio station.

Earlier this week, Typhoon Molave killed 22 people in the Philippines — mostly through drowning in provinces south of the capital Manila, which is also in the projected path of Goni.

Authorities are facing another hurdle as social distancing needs to be imposed in evacuation centers to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Philippines has the second-highest number of Covid-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia, behind only Indonesia.

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Relief goods, heavy machinery and personal protective equipment are already positioned in key areas, Filipino Grace America, mayor of Infanta town in Quezon province, told DZBB radio. “But because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our funds for calamity concerns and expenses are insufficient,” she said.

Local officials canceled port operations and barred fishers from setting sail.

Typhoon Goni, moving westward at 20 kph (12 mph) from the Pacific Ocean, will bring intense rains over the capital and 14 provinces nearby on Saturday evening, and threats of floods and landslides.

Another typhoon, Atsani, is gaining strength just outside the Philippines. Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year.

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