LAST night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the country would enter a third national lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19, and new variants found, but what exactly does this mean?

Well, it's similar to the lockdown that started in March 2020.

Following suit from Scotland, who announced a national Scottish lockdown earlier in the day (January 4), people in the UK must now stay at home, and work from home where possible.

In his announcement, Boris Johnson, said that the measures had been taken to help ease the strain on the NHS and prevent the new types of the virus from spreading.

In Barnsley, the infection rate has risen to 234.9 cases out of 100,000 people with 647 positive tests recorded in the past seven-day period.

Under new 'tier five' rules, people must not leave their homes except for certain reasons such as work, medical treatment, to shop for food, exercise, or to escape domestic violence.

Schools and colleges will also be forced to close and pupils will learn remotely. However nurseries will be allowed to remain open.

Restaurants can continue to offer take-away food but cannot offer take-away alcohol.

Gyms, golf courses, and sports venues must close and amateur team sports will not be allowed.

These measures are set to last until mid-February.