PM announces three tier system

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken in the House of Commons this afternoon regarding new local lockdown rules. 

  • There is not proposed to be another national lockdown, but nor will the government allow the virus to ‘let rip’ across the country
  • The current ‘R’ rate is between 1.2 and 1.5
  • The government now wish to simplify and standardise local rules
  • This will involve bringing into place a 3 tier system: medium; high; very high
    • Medium (tier 1) – this will be a significant part of the country and areas in this tier will have the current national measures (10pm curfew, rule of 6)
    • High (tier 2) – this will apply to many local areas with current intervention measures aimed at reducing household transmission.  Socialising indoors will be prohibited and the rule of 6 will apply outdoors in public spaces and private gardens.  Most areas already subject to extra restrictions will automatically move to this high alert level.
    • Very high (tier 3) – this will apply where transmission rates are rising rapidly and the NHS could soon be under unbearable pressure.  Prohibiting social mixing indoors, private homes and gardens and closing bars and pubs.   Retail, schools and universities will remain open.  (It was identified that this will be Liverpool from Wednesday).  It will be up to local leaders to determine whether gyms, leisure centres, casinos and adult gaming premises are to close in this tier.
  • The government will expand support to help businesses in areas affected by extra measures and required to close for any period (from 1 November) with £3000 cash grants a month, plus payment of 2/3rds of the wages of employees who cannot work as a result of these restrictions, up to a maximum of £2,100 a month.  More details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/job-support-scheme-expanded-to-firms-required-to-close-due-to-covid-restrictions
  • The government are offering to work with local leaders regarding the tier system and local restrictions, including support with contact tracing and support from the armed services.
  • Regulations regarding this will be laid before parliament today, debated tomorrow and come into force on Wednesday.
  • A postcode search on the gov.uk website and the Covid-19 app will set out which tier an area falls into.

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