London and Essex to go to 'Tier 2'

Marco Green
October 17, 2020

However, an ongoing row in the North West has prevented any action being taken in Greater Manchester, where infection rates remain among some of the highest in England. Local leaders, including members of Johnson's Conservative Party, have opposed such measures unless financial support is given to their communities to limit the damage to businesses and individuals.

"They are willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses here to try and save them elsewhere", a visibly furious Burnham said.

"Jobs, lives, businesses are at stake". There are growing indications that travel between the four nations will start to be restricted too, particularly to and from areas deemed to be high risk.

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But taking into account swathes of mainly northern England already under restrictions, the total rises to just over 28 million - more than half of England's 56 million people.

The other United Kingdom nations - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - have also been tightening restrictions in recent weeks in light of the virus' resurgence.

Mr Hancock doubled down on his local approach to imposing restrictions in the Commons, dismissing Labour's call for a national "circuit breaker" lockdown.

There were a further 15,650 new cases confirmed across the country - down from 18,980 on Thursday and 19,724 on Wednesday.

While hospitality businesses will be able to continue operating under the "high" risk tier (subject to the 10pm curfew now imposed nationwide), the restriction on households being able to mix indoors is expected to cause a further hit to sales at what is already a very volatile time for the sector.

On Thursday, it was announced that London, Essex, Embridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, north-east Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will all be moved into tier two.

Parts of the United Kingdom are back under tough coronavirus restrictions.

The new three-tier system classifies every area of England as being on medium, high or very high alert.

Britain is tracking its European neighbours with a second wave of infection but Johnson has so far resisted imposing another national lockdown.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there were "no good options" faced with rising cases, hospital admissions and deaths from the virus.

"Hackney was one of the first London boroughs to start the test and tracing method amongst Council staff, but we can and must be supported to do more".

"My view is that the 10pm curfew isn't working", he explained.

The new measures not only put a ban on households mixing together at home but also in pubs and restaurants indoors and will come into effect from midnight on Friday.

His chief medical officer has also cast doubt on whether the tier system will be effective.

The step "completely kills our pubs' business model" even as extra financial assistance only kicks in at tier three, she added.

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