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England’s four-week national lockdown begins today, meaning that both domestic and international holidays are banned for at least the next month.
Anyone leaving home without a reasonable excuse between now and December 2 will be liable to a possible fine that starts at £200 and doubles for subsequent offences.
According to the Department for Transport, people should avoid travelling in and out of their local area in England, except for specific reasons such as work, education, exercising or going to medical appointments.
A representative for the department said: “We do not anticipate that enforcement will be an issue – as we saw during the first lockdown, public compliance with the restrictions is very high. We believe that the vast majority of people will see that it is in their best interests to follow the restrictions and do their bit to help stop the spread of this disease.”
There are more loopholes than the first total lockdown we had in March though, with English people allowed to meet one other person outdoors and the ability to travel a short distance for exercise. Business travel is also permitted.
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Greece expected to enter national lockdown from tomorrow
Local media have reported that Greece is expected to go into a second lockdown on Friday November 6, after a record number of cases in the preceding days.
An announcement is expected from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today at noon with details of the new measures.
A total of 2,646 new infections on Wednesday marked the country’s biggest rise in new daily cases.
Total infections in the country now stand at 46,892, with 4,271 of them linked to travel abroad and 14,427 to already known cases.
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