It is predicted that the PM could announce such measures as early as Tuesday, following the restricted influence of the “rule of six” enforced final Monday. Speaking in Oxfordshire on Friday, the PM stated the federal government are maintaining “everything under review.”
Mr Johnson added: “I don’t think anybody wants to go into a second lockdown but… you’ve got to wonder whether we need to go further than the ‘rule of six’.”
It is most definitely that Downing Street will implement shorter durations of tighter guidelines and restrictions sporadically and nationwide over the subsequent six months with the intention to permit “breathing space.”
Downing Street has repeatedly dismissed rumours of a second nationwide lockdown, a transfer that will considerably harm the UK’s monetary restoration.
If applied, a circuit breaker lockdown could final a fortnight and may see the closing or regulating of pubs, bars, eating places and leisure services with socialising between households banned. It is believed that actions might be restricted nationwide to all however important journey.
Schools and all however important workplaces could stay open – the PM has stated it’s a “national priority” to keep children in the classroom. It is thought that the circuit breaker could be timed for the half-term period at the end of October to avoid any further disruption to schools, a government source told the Financial Times.
Circuit breaker measures were first introduced by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in April to restrict movement in the country. The temporary measures saw schools and all but essential workplaces closed with restrictions on restaurants and household mingling.
An architect of the original lockdown, Professor Neil Ferguson, said the country is facing a “perfect storm” following the relaxation of rules over the summer.
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, he added that the UK’s current rate of infections is currently on par with late February.
He advised that a “short, sharp, shock” is necessary to prevent spikes more recently seen in France and Spain.
Local lockdowns, with restrictions on social gatherings in homes and gardens with 10pm curfews for hospitality, have already been implemented in areas of Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester and the north east.
This week, the UK saw the highest daily rise in new cases since May with over 4000 daily positive test results.