Somerset re-enters lockdown today (Tuesday, January 5) along with the rest of the country following the government’s announcement of strict new conditions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the tough new measures last night (January 4) in a televised address to the nation in which he predicted measures would be in place at the very least until mid-February as part of the ongoing efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “By the middle of February, if things go well and with a fair wind in our sails, we expect to have offered the first vaccine dose to everyone in the four top priority groups identified by the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation.
“That means vaccinating all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social care workers, and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.
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“If we succeed in vaccinating all those groups, we will have removed huge numbers of people from the path of the virus.
“And of course, that will eventually enable us to lift many of the restrictions we have endured for so long.”
The Prime Minister also said this was the time to pull together and put an end to the virus as the vaccine programme continues to be rolled out.
“I want to say to everyone right across the United Kingdom that I know how tough this is, I know how frustrated you are, I know that you have had more than enough of government guidance about defeating this virus.
“But now more than ever, we must pull together.”
All non-essential services across Somerset have closed as of 12.01am this morning, with people now being advised to stay at home and only leave their home for essential reasons, such as shopping for necessary food, exercise and work if it cannot be done from home.
Follow the latest of the first day of lockdown in our live blog below.