Beauty salons and spas in England to close from November 5 in second lockdown

‘Non-essential’ businesses in England, including beauty salons and spas, will have to close from Thursday, November 5 as the nation enters a second lockdown.

As the UK passes one million Covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that non-essential shops and hospitality would have to close for a month from November 5 to December 2.

The Prime Minister also announced today (October 31) that the Furlough scheme will be extended until December.

He said: “We are going to extend the furlough system through November. We will extend further until December.”

However, unlike during the restrictions in  spring, schools and colleges will be allowed to remain open.

Elsewhere in the UK Wales will come to the end of its "firebreak" lockdown on Monday, November 9. Northern Ireland shut the hospitality sector and some other businesses on October 16, and a new five-level system of coronavirus restrictions is set to come into effect in Scotland on Monday,  November 2.

The England lockdown is also expected to include restrictions on travel and is due to come into force on Thursday.

Boris was joined by England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and the Government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance for the briefing.

The UK recorded another 21,915 confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 1,011,660.