People in England who have booked their train or bus tickets to travel during Christmas will get a refund, the government announced on Monday.
“It is imperative that we all follow the new measures and play our part in tackling this virus, protecting others, and safeguarding our NHS.”
To stem its spread, Johnson announced that London and swathes of the South East and the East of England would come under newly createdtier four restrictions, which are broadly equivalent to the national lockdown in England in November.
From Sunday onwards and throughout Christmas,tier four residents have to stay at home except for limited exemptions, and travelling in and out of tier four areas is prohibited.
For the rest of the country, the previously agreed five-day period to allow up to three households to meet has been reduced to Christmas Day only.
Ministers including Johnson had urged people in all tiers to stay local.
A slew of countries closed their borders to Britain on Monday over fears of the highly infectious new variant, although scientists said the strain may already be circulating in countries with less advanced detection methods than the United Kingdom.