Boris Johnson Announces 6-Week National Coronavirus Lockdown

We revealed earlier this week that more English swimmers would be kept out of the water due to a widening of what the nation calls its ‘tier 4’ coronavirus hotspot designation. However, after a press conference by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the entire nation is now entering a new national lockdown.

Johnson said the country is at “a critical moment,” with cases rising rapidly in every part of the nation, including a new variant of COVID-19, leading new rules to come into effect ‘as soon as possible’ and lasting until at least mid-February.

This means that swimmers could be out of the water for up to 6 weeks, with the British Swimming Championships (Olympic Trials) on the horizon for April.

World Championships medalists Adam Peaty, Luke Greenbank, Duncan Scott and James Wilby have already been named to GBR’s Olympic team, but the remaining roster spots will be fought for by some of the up-and-coming non-elites who have seen their training disrupted time and again since the pandemic has evolved.

As in previous lockdowns, it is most likely that elite swimmers training at national centres will be exempt from the lockdown for training, but we have reached out to the nations’ swimming governing bodies for confirmation.

Update since original publishing: Swim Ireland has confirmed that elites are able to continue to train in both Republic and Northern Ireland at the moment.

Per the AP, primary and secondary schools and colleges will be closed for face to face learning except for the children of key workers. University students will not be returning until at least mid-February.

The UK Government’s website advises, effective January 5th, “You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”

In terms of what is/is not allowed during this national lockdown, the site lists the following:

Leaving home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Meeting others

  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
  • You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.
  • You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

Additional speciifc rules:  ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

As of Monday, there were 26,626 COVID patients in hospitals in England, an increase of more than 30% from a week ago. That is 40% above the highest level of the first wave in the spring. (AP)

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon also implemented a lockdown through at least the end of January, with people required to stay home save for essential reasons, so as to not overload hospitals and intensive care units. Note: Scotland controls its own health policy.

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8 months ago

Totals to 8 weeks if you live in London or the South East..

Clownley Honks
8 months ago

absolute nightmare

8 months ago

Lmao if Biden does this here we’re screwed

Reply to  Hswimmer
8 months ago

Ok so what should we do Mr. President? Lol

Clownley Honks
Reply to  Hswimmer
8 months ago

US death rate: 1 in 968
UK death rate: 1 in 938

Reply to  Clownley Honks
8 months ago

And your point is?

Clownley Honks
Reply to  Joe
8 months ago

You might want to rethink how much any government can do to actually prevent the spread of a highly contagious airborne disease. Lockdown or not it doesn’t seem to have much effect on what a virus will do.

Reply to  Clownley Honks
8 months ago

cherrypicking stats

8 months ago

Season effectively over for anyone that isn’t going to go to the Olympics games.
6 weeks he said with very little optimism.
Lots of pools will continue to shut, thousands leave the sport or not get the appropriate training needed, for females 13-16yrs who need work this is another killer blow.
Harsh reality no one care so about swimming outside of swimming.
On another note Swim England tweeted about paying them membership today. That’s nice considering thousands are out of work currently and we have barely swam the last 12 months.

M d e
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
8 months ago

these organisations are terrible everywhere.

clubs were being encouraged to try find ways to justify continuing to bill members (ie. provide speakers via zoom, Covid safe events where possible etc.) while we were in lockdown.

when I pointed out how slimy it was, they were like “oh no, you would reduce your fees.”

absolutely ridiculous.

Corn Pop
8 months ago

Less ppl ou tf on the roads for Prince Phillip to run over .

The unoriginal Tim
8 months ago

I think any swimmers not at one of the elite training centres are now out of qualifying for the Olympics. I can’t see anyone out of the water for 6-8 weeks getting back to the required level by April. Especially when the required level is not just to win trials but hit a very difficult QT.

There are only three elite centres in the UK I think: Bath, Loughborough and Stirling.

8 months ago

England just needs more legal bubbles.

Dr Feelgood
8 months ago

I thought science and the experts said 15 days to flatten the curve? How come the state with the strictest lockdown mandates like California have the worst numbers? You couldn’t pay me to go to school or swim for a California school. I bet all their programs are out of the water and the other D1 conferences are practicing with the standard COVID safety tools in place.

sane swim parent
Reply to  Dr Feelgood
8 months ago

The greatest problem in CA is the lack of hospital beds. Their positivity rate is not catastrophic, but their dearth of beds is.

Corn Pop
Reply to  sane swim parent
8 months ago

You can put beds in tents but they need staff. .

Reply to  Dr Feelgood
8 months ago

Nah, we have club teams practicing consistently here and have been doing so since April last year or so

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