Covid-19: New three-tier curbs enforced in England
Oct 15 2020
The new lockdown will see areas of England labelled as medium, high or very high risk.
The Prime Minister also announced the measure by clarifying that the "R" rate of infection was now between 1.2 and 1.5 while its natural level is between 2.7 and 3, meaning the virus has effectively been suppressed. Here's what you need to know including what's happening with social distancing, pubs and restaurants.
Prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (14) said a new UK-wide lockdown would be a "disaster" but refused to rule it out as demands grew for a temporary shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.
"Medium" areas will face the current national rules in place, which include a ban on social gatherings over six people and a 10 p.m. curfew for bars and pubs, while "very high" alert (tier three) areas will face bars, pubs and gyms being shuttered and bans on household mixing.
Minutes published Monday from meetings of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies showed the body recommended three weeks ago that the government consider stricter measures including a short "circuit-breaker" lockdown.
Mr. Johnson told lawmakers that the goal of the new system was to save lives without "shuttering our lives and our society" through a new national lockdown. Advertisement "The relatively low levels of engagement with the system. coupled with testing delays and likely poor rates of adherence with self-isolation suggests that this system is having a marginal impact on transmission at the moment", the scientists wrote.
A few other areas, such as Nottinghamshire, are being upgraded to Tier 2restrictions as well.
What is a tier 3, "high level" lockdown?
Meanwhile, the daily coronavirus figures released by the United Kingdom government shows an additional 13,972 confirmed cases on Monday and a further 50 people had died with COVID-19, after testing positive within the last 28 days.
The Liverpool City region will be the only part of the country to face Tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday.
- The public can not meet with anyone outside their household or support bubble, either indoors or outdoors.
Pubs and bars must close if they do not serve food, however if they can provide a "substantial" meal - more than snacks such as crisps - they are allowed to stay open.
Some 206,000 more people died between mid-February and the end of May in the 21 countries in total than would have been expected to die had the pandemic not taken place - an 18% increase in deaths, scientists who conducted the research said.
The BBPA said there were about 970 pubs in the areas affected by the lockdown.
The government has released its postcode checker which allows people to see which coronavirus restrictions now apply in their area.
He added: "I think it is clear even at the so-called "very high" levels of restrictions that they will not be sufficient to reduce R below one".
It comes after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for a two to three week "circuit-breaker" lockdown in England to bring the rising infection rate under control. "This could lead to further restrictions on the hospitality, leisure, entertainment or personal care sectors, but retail, schools and universities will remain open", said Johnson.
Now only Merseyside - which includes Liverpool and the Wirral - has entered this alert level and local leaders have secured the closure of leisure facilities such as gyms, spas and casinos on top of the base measures.
Ahead of those talks, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of "piling the pressure on" without providing an adequate package of economic support.