EVERYONE will have to work from home during England’s new national lockdown, it was revealed tonight.
Only keyworkers, construction and manufacturing, and anyone who cannot work from home will be allowed out.
Offices will stay open for people who can’t work at home, but people will be encouraged to stay inside as much as possible.
The PM issued a stay at four-week stay at home home order for millions of people across England tonight.
They will only be able to leave for essential reasons – like work, travel, exercise and taking care of vulnerable people.
It came as Britain officially passed one million cases of the virus today.
21,915 more people tested positive and 326 people died of the virus.
You can check the government’s list of key workers here.
The lockdown is set to last until December 2 in an attempt to save the nation’s Christmas.
But it will apply to England only – Scotland and Wales have said they will assess the situation and apply their own rules.
The Tier strategy won’t be completely scrapped, and will return after the lockdown.
Boris is expected to reveal which areas will go back into which tiers after the lockdown is over.
The announcement comes after ministers were briefed by scientific advisers this afternoon in an emergency crunch meeting, following leaked reports of the second lockdown looming.
The PM will be joined by chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance for the press conference.
Experts presented Downing Street with “grim” data on the second wave, despite the R-rate falling.
It was reported that Britain faces a “massive spike” in Covid deaths on Christmas Eve if no action is taken, scientists warned.
Brits reacted by hitting the shops and panic buying loo roll and milk, while also making plans to flee out of cities to the countryside.