Lockdown in the UK: What are the key upcoming dates?

By Caitlin Doherty, PA
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The four nations of the UK are adopting different measures to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Here is a rundown of key upcoming dates across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

November 2
The new five tier system will come into effect in Scotland.

The central belt – including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Falkirk – will be joined by Dundee and Ayrshire in Level 3.

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A woman walks past Scran cafe in Edinburgh’s Cockburn Street after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in Scotland (Jane Barlow/PA)

Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Fife, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross and Angus will be in Level 2.

Highland, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland have been assessed as Level 1.

Levels 1, 2 and 3 are broadly comparable to the tier system currently in place in England.

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland schools will open again after an extended half-term break which formed part of a wider partial lockdown.

November 5

New lockdown measures will come into force across England.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will have to close, along with non-essential retail and entertainment and leisure facilities such as gyms, cinemas and soft play centres.

Household mixing will be banned and people are to work from home if they can as the “stay at home” guidance from the spring is reintroduced.

Schools, colleges and universities will remain open, as will places of worship for private prayer.

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People walk past a Christmas tree outside a store on Oxford Street, central London, before the new national lockdown comes into force in England (Yui Mok/PA)

November 9

Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown.

Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible.

Leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses were closed, along with community centres, libraries and recycling centres.

November 13

Hospitality and other businesses in Northern Ireland are due to reopen after being closed in a partial lockdown.

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Cars queue at the border crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as gardai conduct checks asking people the reason for their journey (Brian Lawless/PA)

Since October 16 pubs, bars and restaurants have been shut alongside close contact services such as hairdressers and beauticians.

Classes have also been suspended in gyms.

December 2

Lockdown measures are due to be released in England but Cabinet minister Michael Gove has already admitted that restrictions may need to be in place for longer.