Dentists were closed for regular appointments during the first coronavirus lockdown. The second national lockdown will come into force from Thursday, October 5, until Wednesday, December 2. Several businesses must close, but are dentists able to remain open during the second lockdown in England?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled plans for a second national lockdown in England.
The new measures will be rolled out across England on Thursday and will last for a month.
The month-long lockdown will see several non-essential businesses forced to close.
Unlike the lockdown in March, schools, universities and colleges are permitted to remain open.
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More than one million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Britain.
In the UK, there were 21,915 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 1,011,660.
There were also 326 new deaths were confirmed within 28 days of a positive covid test and 761 deaths were confirmed with COVID-19 on the death certificate.
The UK has now become the fourth-highest number of cases in Europe behind Russia, France and Spain and the ninth highest in the world.
Speaking from Downing Street on Saturday, Mr Johnson said: “Now is the time to take action because there is no alternative.
“From Thursday until the start of December, you must stay at home.
“You may only leave home for specific reasons, including: For education; For work, say if you cannot work from home; For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household or on your own with one person from another household; For medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm; To shop for food and essentials; And to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.”
The Prime Minister added: “We are not going back to the full-scale lockdown of March and April.
“It is less prohibitive and less restrictive. But from Thursday the basic message is the same.
“Stay at home. Protect the NHS. And save lives.”
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One of the reasons people are permitted to leave their home is for “medical reasons, appointments or to escape injury”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to continue to use the NHS for treatment as required in his speech on Saturday.
He said: “So please – this is really important – unless your clinicians tell you otherwise, you should continue to use the NHS, get your scans, turn up for your appointments and pick up your treatments.
“If at all possible, we want you to continue to access these services, now and through the winter.
“Indeed it’s only by taking this action that we can protect the NHS for you.”
What new restrictions are being rolled out in England?
There are several new restrictions in place across England including:
- A ban to leave your home for any but a specific set of reasons
- No mixing of different households indoors or outside except for exercising or visiting one public place with one other person
- People who shielded earlier this year do not have to shield again but should adhere to rules carefully
- All hospitality venues should close except for takeaways and deliveries
- All non-essential retail to close, except for click and collect or delivery services
- Food shops, supermarkets and other essential retail outlets can remain open
- Some venues will be allowed to open for specific acceptable reasons
- International travel is banned, except for work
- All non-essential travel on public or private transport should be avoided
- Overnight stays and holidays away from your home are banned
- Support bubbles can continue to meet
- Schools, colleges and universities remain open
- People can still travel to work where it is not possible to work from home
- People can sit on park benches and have picnics as long as it is with their household.