How long will lockdown 3 last and what are the new rules?

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a third national lockdown in England.

But how long will it last for and what are the new rules?

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How long will lockdown 3 last?

The restrictions are expected to last until at least February 15.

Mr Johnson suggests that the country might then be able to start "steadily" moving out of lockdown with the aid of mass Covid vaccinations.

Speaking on the duration of the lockdown he said: "By the middle of February, if things go well and with a fair wind in our sails, we expect to have offered the first vaccine dose to everyone in the four top priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

"That means vaccinating all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social care workers, and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable."

What are the new rules for lockdown 3?

Under the new restrictions, Brits can only leave home for limited reasons.

Mr Johnson said people will only be allowed out of their homes to buy essential food and medicine supplies, attend medical appointments, and exercise.

Brits can go to work if it cannot be done from home, provide care for a vulnerable person and attend education if eligible.

All primary schools, secondaries and colleges will move to remote provision except for vulnerable and key worker kids.

Pubs and restaurants will not be able to serve alcohol.

Weddings and civil ceremonies may only take place in exceptional circumstances.

Up to six people can attend a wedding or equivalent ceremony.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people.

Brits will not be able to travel unless absolutely necessary.

The full list of do's and don'ts can be found here.

Has the UK been under a lockdown like this before?

Yes, the UK has had two previous national lockdowns.

The first lockdown started on March 23, 2020 and restrictions lasted into July.

The second UK lockdown was announced on October 31, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowing to do "everything in his power" to avoid the measures.

The measures came into force on Thursday, November 5, and ended on December 2.

On January 4, 2021, the third national lockdown was confirmed.

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