Everywhere that could be forced to close under two-week circuit breaker ‘plan’

The circuit-breaker has been suggested by the government while proposals are being planned for further restrictions over the festive period – which could impact families meeting and the hospitality industry

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Two Week Circuit Breaker Lockdown – what the rules could be

All the places which would be forced to shut under a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown have been revealed.

The move has been suggested by the government while proposals are being planned for further restrictions over the festive period.

SAGE has said the New Year could simply be “too late”, as Covid cases continue to soar.

Mixing indoors would be banned for Brits under the plans, but hospitality and retail would stay open.

This could mean families not in the same household won’t be able to see each other, and it raises questions over whether couples living apart will be allowed to meet up.

Pubs, restaurants and bars would be forced to operate provide takeaway food or serve customers outdoors.

Shops would be allowed to continue to open


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People could also be forced to limit their contacts to six outdoors which would see a return to older restrictions.

In January, given the weather, this is a far from ideal scenario for millions.

But shops, which have been mostly unaffected by restrictions facing hospitality, would be allowed to stay open.

BirminghamLive reports that beauty salons, hairdressers and nail bars would also continue operating, but customers won’t be allowed to visit with pals or family members unless they are in a bubble.

Hospitality could face restrictions including takeaway meals during any circuit breaker


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There are fears however, for theatres and cinemas which could close and impact businesses again because of a ban on indoor mixing.

The West End has already been massively impacted by Covid isolation this week, with a string of hit shows forced to pull performances and some performances hit on the live music circuit

Football stadiums would also be forced to close, and mass indoor events like gigs could be stopped as part of the fortnight shutdown.

The restrictions aim to curb a spread of the Omicron strain


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There are also fears pubs and restaurants with no indoor space or takeaway capability will be forced to shut up shop.

But SAGE has warned that the timing of any circuit-breaker is “crucial” to curb the spread of Omicron which is more transmissible than other variants

According to The Times, ministers have drawn up plans to introduce a two-week lockdown, with a string of new restrictions and rules in place.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has warned about the seriousness of Omicron


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This includes banning indoor mixing, and pubs and restaurants only being able to offer outdoor tables to punters.

Reports of a lockdown after Christmas have been met with incredulity from Brits who took to social networking platform Twitter to vent their feelings.

One person wrote: ““After Christmas”? That’s just bonkers. So we’re all going to meet up from across the country and then get told we need to restrict socialising afterwards?”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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