Newark and Sherwood: Tougher lockdown rules to prevent people meeting outside are being discussed, say reports
Tougher lockdown rules to prevent people meeting outside are being discussed, it has been widely reported.
It has also been reported there are discussions to make wearing a face covering in shops a legal requirement.
Plans for stricter measures include no longer allowing two people from separate households to exercise together outside. Mask-wearing could further be made law in more places, including the office and queues.
It comes as a vaccination centre in Newark opens from today. The location has yet to be revealed, but is expected to be Newark Showground.
Seven mass centres in England have also opened their doors today, they are: Millennium Point, Birmingham; Ashton Gate, Bristol; ExCel Centre, London; Manchester Tennis and Football Centre; Centre for Life, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Robertson House, Stevenage; and Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey.
The current lockdown restrictions are just as tough as those imposed in the first, March lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already confirmed schools have to close and that exams this year will be cancelled.
He has urged everyone to stay at home; work from home and avoid travel — unless absolutely necessary.
It comes after a surge in new infections across the country, following the identification of two new strains of the coronavirus. These strains have proved to be more easily transmissible.
Meanwhile, the country's covid-19 alert level has been moved up to five due to the risk of healthcare services becoming overwhelmed.