Several reports suggest England is bracing for a second lockdown to fight COVID-19, which will likely force Apple stores across the country to close.
A source confirmed to iMore that the UK is set to enter a four-week ‘level 4’ lockdown that will force pubs, restaurants, bars and retail stores to close.
The government is due to hold a press conference at 5 p.m. UK time after news of a possible second lockdown leaks. Also reported by ITV’s Robert Peston:
These are the measures Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce at his 5 p.m. press conference, if I understand correctly. They will last until December 2.
And it is, in fact, a new “Tier 4” which will be imposed for a month at first on the whole of England – in order to slow the increase in cases of coronavirus.
All pubs and restaurants must close, but take out and deliveries will be allowed.
All non-essential retail businesses will close, although supermarkets do not have to follow the Welsh example of closing non-essentials.
This likely ensures that Apple will be forced to shut down its retail operation in England (32 stores in total) from Thursday, November 5 to December 2. The announcement has yet to be officially confirmed by the government, but reports say MPs will be asked to vote on the measures next week before they are passed. The BBC is issuing a similar report confirming that non-essential retail stores will have to close.
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The restrictions will not apply to the rest of the UK. Stores in Northern Ireland and Wales are already closed, and Scotland will enter a new tier system on November 2, although stores in the country are not expected to close under the current restrictions. proposed.
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