Michelle Keegan relaxes at home and sticks a finger up to 2020 in sassy post after Essex lockdown announcement

MICHELLE Keegan made her feelings to 2020 very clear, sticking her middle finger up in a frustrated selfie after Essex was plunged into Tier Two lockdown.

The actress, who lives in the county with her husband Mark Wright, relaxed at home in a pink tracksuit when she uploaded the sassy post on Instagram.

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The Brassic star, 33, looked fresh-faced and typically beautiful in the low-key snap.

Next to the sweary emoji, she wrote: "Dear 2020. That is all. Bye x."

The post came hours after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Essex was moving into tougher lockdown measures.

During a speech, he said more areas – including Essex, Elmbridge in Surrey, York, Chesterfield, Barrow-in-Furness, north-east Derbyshire and Erewash in east Derbyshire – will also move into the second tier. 

It means that people living in each of the areas won't be able to see friends and family indoors – unless they belong to the same household.

In a statement to MPs, Mr Hancock said: "Working with local leaders in Essex and Elmbridge, we're also moving them into local alert level High.

"I want to pay tribute to the leadership of Essex County Council and in Elmbridge where they have been working so hard to suppress the virus.

"Infection rates are also rising sharply in Barrow-in-Furness, in York, in North East Derbyshire, in Erewash and Chesterfield.

"In all of these places, cases are doubling in less than a fortnight.

"For all of the areas entering the high alert level, the change will come into effect one minute past midnight on Saturday morning and this includes Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield too."

Areas in Tier Two – where there is a high risk of coronavirus – are banned from mixing with other households indoors, including in pubs.

When meeting outside, only two households will be able to mix.

Current social distancing measures, the "rule of six" outdoors and the 10pm curfew will continue in this tier.

However, all businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure way, unless they're closed by law – such as clubs and adult entertainment venues.

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