Wednesday, 03 March, 2021


Britain to outline curbs for each area once national lockdown ends

PA A rainbow sign in Soho London which is thought likely to be in Tier 2 PA A rainbow sign in Soho London which is thought likely to be in Tier 2
Patty Aguilar | 27 November, 2020, 02:11

In the tier 3 system restaurants and other outdoor businesses are placed on lockdown with residents asked not to travel to other parts of the country.

A majority of areas previously in the highest tier, including London and Liverpool city region, are listed in Tier Two.

The tiered system has been strengthened since the original rules were in place before lockdown, with many more areas in the higher tiers in a bid to keep infection rates down.

But people living just over the western border at Sutton Bridge will find themselves in Tier Three after South Holland was placed in the highest alert level, along with the rest of Lincolnshire. The latest figures show this has fallen to 174 per 100,000, close to the average for England. According to the British government, coronavirus cases have 19 per cent and hospital admissions down seven per cent in the past week amid the lockdown.

The "High" Tier 2 restrictions permits the reopening of restaurants, with pubs only able to open if they are operating as restaurants.

For London, this means no mixing of households indoors and a maximum of six can meet people outdoors, hospitality venues can only offer alcohol alongside a substantial meal and attendance will be tightly limited at sporting events.

Ministers are braced for a backlash from local leaders and Conservative MPs as many areas are expected to come under the strictest measures.

Only three regions in England were placed in the lowest category: the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The tier allocations will be in place for two weeks before they are reviewed, and areas that have made progress in slowing the spread of the disease will be moved down a tier before Christmas.

General secretary Len McCluskey said: "These tough new tier restrictions across most of England will not be successful unless the government puts a floor underneath workers' incomes so that they can support this fresh effort to defeat the virus".

Local areas facing the toughest restrictions will receive extra financial help until the end of the financial year.

"We should see these restrictions not as a boundary to push but as a limit on what the public health advice says we can safely do in any area", he said.

"We know what we need to do to get Suffolk back on track".

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