UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that coronavirus restrictions in England could be tightened even further if people continue to flout the rules.

The Prime Minister said that measures are “under constant review” with various reports of rule-breakers socialising in parks and growing numbers of people shopping without face coverings.

And with England currently in a lockdown likened to the first lockdown in March of last year, what more restrictions could come into force?

Exercise

During the first national lockdown in March 2020, people were allowed out of the house for one piece of exercise per day with anyone from their household.

That changed for the third lockdown introduced this month, as the current rules permit people to meet up with one other person to enjoy some time together while you exercise.

However, some people are using this as an excuse to meet up with others socially and flout lockdown rules.

If measures are to be tightened further, it’s likely the country will revert back to earlier rules and only allow exercise with members of your household.

Places of Worship

Unlike last spring and November’s second lockdown, places of worship are currently remaining open for prayer and for ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.

This could be reviewed and tightened to further prevent the spread of Covid-19 if the rate of infection continues to increase.

Support bubbles

Support and childcare bubbles are currently allowed to stay in place, something which was banned during the first lockdown.

Again, this could be reviewed if rulebreakers continue to flout the rules and the UK government choose to tighten restrictions further.

Playgrounds

One big difference between the first lockdown and the current one is the rules around playgrounds – which are currently able to remain open.

The aim is to keep children active during lockdown, but with schools currently closed to the majority of pupils, this is something that is likely to be reviewed if restrictions need to be tightened further.

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