What a circuit breaker lockdown looks like – and how it could happen in England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that he is desperate to avoid a second national lockdown.

Another full, long-term lockdown would be “disastrous” for the economy.

However, due to the increase in coronavirus cases, local lockdowns have been put in place in areas such as the North East and Merseyside.

But one possible measure being floated around is the idea of a “circuit breaker” lockdown.

There are hopes that a mini shutdown could halt the spread of Covid-19 before we head into winter.

With the colder weather it becomes easier for coronavirus to spread, and there is also the threat of seasonal flu.

What is a circuit breaker lockdown?

The idea of a “circuit breaker” would target areas with local outbreaks and a high rate of coronavirus cases.

It was first mentioned by exports who suggested it would slow the spread of Covid-19.

It would be a short-term comprehensive shutdown of a specific area.

It would mean a complete ban on households mixing, as well as closing pubs and restaurants.

There would also be a limit on travel nationwide, with the message of essential travel only.

However, unlike the national lockdown this “circuit break” lockdown would only last for two weeks.

It is also believed schools would remain open.

Could there be a circuit breaker lockdown in England?

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There have been talks of a circuit breaker lockdown for a while in England, due to the surge in coronavirus cases.

It has been suggested Liverpool could be the first place to see the “circuit breaker” lockdown.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson believes it could be the best way to stop the surge in cases.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "For me, it is only a matter of time because the virus isn't able to be controlled in the city with the restrictions we have now.

“We need a circuit breaker or stricter lockdown to try to stop the virus spreading.

“If we can have the severest measures of lockdown now, we may arrest the increase and start to bring it down by the end of October, so that in the lead up to Christmas we can get some normality."

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However, it is believed that a circuit breaker lockdown could only happen if the government provided specific funding packages for those affected.

If successful, multiple, staggered circuit breaker lockdowns could be enforced throughout the winter.

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