Schools to stay open as Johnson announces tougher lockdown restrictions

Schools, colleges and universities “will stay open”, despite a ramping up of lockdown restrictions in England, Boris Johnson has said.

Announcing a plethora of tougher measures including an enforced 10pm closing time for pubs and a plea for workers to once again work from home if they can, Johnson said the country had reached a “perilous turning point”.

The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in England has risen sharply in the past few weeks, from less than 2,000 on September 1 to over 4,000 on Monday.

“I want to stress that this is by no means a return to the full lockdown of March,” Johnson told the House of Commons, adding that

“We’re not issuing a general instruction to stay at home. We will ensure that schools, colleges and universities stay open because nothing is more important than the education, health and wellbeing of our young people.”