UK PM's tough moves to fight coronavirus win parliament backing

UK PM's tough moves to fight coronavirus win parliament backing”

Mr Johnson's three-tier system, announced in Parliament, is an attempt to standardise a patchwork of often complicated and confusing restrictions across England. But, what will this mean for small and medium businesses in England?

On Monday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his government's plan to impose a three-tier COVID-19 lockdown across England to slow the ongoing spike in infection rates.

Most areas now under a local lockdown or additional restrictions will be placed under Tier 2 restrictions from this date.

In addition, Nottinghamshire, east and west Cheshire, and a small area of the High Peak will also move into that tier, after a rise in cases in those areas.

"So act now, break the cycle", he added, telling Johnson he would be backed the House of Commons.

The Prime Minster's spokesman has refused to say whether the government is still listening to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), following revelations that ministers ignored advice on tackling a second wave in September.

The rest of the country, including London, will be placed in the lowest or "medium" tier, which will follow current national measures such as the rule of six and 10pm curfew. The high tier reflects numerous current local restrictions where people should not mix with others from different households or support bubbles.

Tier 3 applies to areas in England where the virus is transmitting rapidly and where the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed. Gyms, leisure centres, casinos, betting shops and adult gaming centres there will also close, Johnson said. Groups of six can still meet up outdoors, but additional restrictions will be imposed following discussion with local leaders. "Anything less will see them levelled down". Here's what you need to know, including what's happening with social distancing, pubs and restaurants.

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What areas are in tier 1 of of the lockdown alert system?

London mayor Sadiq Khan warned that it was 'inevitable that the capital will pass a 'trigger point for further restrictions in the 'next few days.

He claimed the possible reclassification of the region "risks confusing people" so soon after Greater Manchester was placed in Tier 2 of the new system of localised restrictions.

Stephen Powis, medical director of the National Health Service in England, said three temporary COVID-19 hospitals in northern England that were mothballed when the outbreak receded over the summer are being readied to admit patients once again in the coming weeks.

The criticism, voiced in a summary of a review of measures on September 21, will increase the pressure on Baroness Harding, the Conservative peer who chairs the £12 billion scheme.

In a sign Tory thinking on a national lockdown could be changing, Sir Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Liaison Committee, which scrutinises the Prime Minister, told Times Radio he thought it was better to go for a "short, sharp, shock" lockdown in order to reach "manageable levels before Christmas". "As the bedrock of the UK's economy, any recovery plan must address the needs of these firms", Jeremy Whiteson, of Fladgate, said. "Private investment, therefore, presents a long-term and sustainable solution for troubled SMEs".

Meanwhile, housing secretary Robert Jenrick said on Tuesday (Oct 13) that the government may have to impose stricter restrictions than it now has if the second wave of the novel coronavirus accelerates in high risk areas.

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