Several countries, including England and Scotland, have returned to strict lockdowns after COVID-19 outbreaks have increased. From the sound of it, these lockdowns will be some of the most extreme these countries have ever experienced and mirror what many US states did in Spring 2020 when the virus first emerged. The US should not follow suit.
The 22 page order released by the UK government is unnerving.
"You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a 'reasonable excuse'. This will be put in law. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a 'reasonable excuse', and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice)."
"You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400."
According to the order, a "reasonable excuse" includes work, volunteering, essential activities, education and childcare, exercise and a few other activities.
The order continues: "You can leave home to visit people in your ?support bubble? (if you are legally permitted to form one)."
"You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so.
"This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed."