BRITS may face a so-called breaker lockdown after Christmas 2021 to limit the spread of the Omicron variant.
What is a circuit breaker?
Circuit breakers are also known as breaker locks and one was introduced in Wales on 23 October 2020.
It’s really a small embargo, seen as a brief, sharp measure, when as far as the coronavirus is concerned, the rules and restrictions become much more severe.
The circuit breaker lockout is designed to give the Covid-19 virus less chance to spread while keeping everyone safe.
It gets its name from the circuit breakers used in power supply cut-off circuits to prevent major problems from forming in the future.
There is no set of rules that must be put in place nor how long it will take, but it is usually done over a two-week period.
When will a decision be made?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to hold an emergency Covid Cobra meeting this weekend as officials consider proposals for circuit breakers.
However, this is yet to be confirmed and there are no certain details.
It comes after the Prime Minister announced that he would not shut down the country amid claims plans were drawn up for a post-festival closure.
“We’re not shutting everything down,” he told the nation.
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What will the locking rules be?
Since the reports suggest that discussions are still underway, it’s not clear exactly what the rules and restrictions will be.
However, ministers are preparing draft plans that would prevent Britons from meeting other people in their homes except for business purposes, Time report.
Pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to serve outdoors if the scheme is green-lit.
Other reports suggest Mr Johnson was presented with a range of options for ‘plan C’, from “gentle guide to motivating people, piercing to lock”.
Sage scientists are pessimistic told the Government tougher measures would be needed “very soon”.
But hospitality companies say any new restrictions will be a sledgehammer for the struggling industry at its busiest time of the year.
Sites were forced to close during the Christmas rush as workers fell ill and super-stress enveloped cities.
The boss said they had “no choice” but to close in a “double match” with ailing employees and customers staying away fearing their festival plans might be disrupted.
The chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, warned: “Businesses are currently facing a two-hit combination of serious problems with staff absenteeism and people’s trust. Consumption plummeted.
Although restrictions may be in place, schools and shops will remain open.
When does the lockdown start?
As the plans are said to be still being drafted, there is no word yet on when a circuit breaker could be introduced.
Though it’s not expected to be included before Christmas with Johnson saying: “We’re not shutting everything down.”
However, the imposition of stronger restrictions, and even a lockdown after Christmas Day, has not been ruled out.
Johnson has said that a “significant wave” of cases is flooding in – but remains steadfastly based on tougher rules this Christmas.
“I have said that people should be cautious, but what we have also said is that people should decide what they want to do. It’s a matter of their personal choice,” he said.
“We’re not shutting everything down but we think people need to be cautious.”
Johnson refrained from telling people to stop enjoying their festivals, saying “we’re not shutting down hospitality, we’re not canceling people’s parties or their ability to mingle”.
He says people should instead “be careful before going” – that is, perform a lateral flow test at home.
However, he urges people to use boosters – and warns the mutation is “a very serious threat to us today”.
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