England To Lift Second National Lockdown on Dec. 2, Wider Leisure Sector to Reopen
England will lift its second lockdown from Dec. 2 as scheduled, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday. Gyms and non-essential businesses will resume, as will outdoor sports. The wid…
Film and TV productions continued under strict COVID-safety measures.The U.K. has recorded 18,662 new cases and 398 deaths in the last 24 hours. Of these, 16,668 are in England, 844 in Scotland, 808 in Wales and 342 in Northern Ireland. There are now more than 1.5 million cases recorded in total, and deaths have crossed 55,000.
Despite the grim numbers, the mood across the country is upbeat due to the rapid emergence of vaccines that could possibly quell the virus. After the successful trials of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both of which claim 95% protection, Monday brought news of the homegrown vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca that is up to 90% effective. The U.K. government has pre-ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, and AstraZeneca will produce three billion doses for global dissemination in 2021.
“As soon as a vaccine is approved, we will dispense it as soon as possible,” Johnson said. Read more: Variety »
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Bad news for the current Tier 3 but hopeful for the cinemas that can reopen getting people through the door and delivering much needed movie magic lovecinema Exhibitor propaganda 'industry survey 93% of returning cinema-goers say they had felt safe during visit' sounds very impressive but not so much when for most of the 18 weeks UK cinemas were reopen admissions was 10% of normal levels and the majority going back are cinephiles
Have they announced the release date for Lockdown 3 yet? The third part of a trilogy is always the hardest to pull off. The mood in the country is not 'upbeat' thanks Variety.