In many ways, this lockdown feels like more of the same – a return to the stringent ‘stay-at-home’ messaging, with limited exceptions for even leaving the house, and even the same ‘Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’ slogan.
However there are some significant points of difference:
The Government has set tighter rules on drink, meaning that the takeaway pints enjoyed during the first lockdown can no longer be sold by restaurants, pubs or bars.
Unlike the March lockdown, the Government has kept playgrounds open, encouraging children to stay active.
Unlike the measures seen last spring and autumn, places of worship will remain open for prayer, and for weddings and funerals.
This lockdown is different from the first two in that it coincides with a mass vaccination programme – arguably the biggest difference of all.