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Anger at Matt Hancock for announcing a three-hour ban


Matt Hancock was convicted late at night for the "catastrophic" timing of his announcement that parts of the north of England would be partially closed again.

The health minister tweeted the news at 9:16 p.m., less than three hours before the new rules came into effect, triggering a firestorm on social media.

In the meantime, the full details of the process were not released by the health ministry until after 11:00 PM, increasing the feeling of confusion and chaos.

As of midnight last night, people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire were banned from meeting in their homes or gardens after the number of viruses increased.

The way Mr. Hancock announced the postponement has led to a violent political backlash, with Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer citing the criticism.

Sir Keir said "no one would argue" if he would take swift action to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but he claimed that the announcement of measures on Twitter late at night was a "new low for government communications during." this crisis ".

Meanwhile, Labor Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers and Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell told Times Radio: "The way they were announced was frankly a disaster."

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham repeated a similar feeling when he said the government was in the habit of "saying something and then it takes a few hours for the detail to be revealed."

The ministers' blanket approach has also created Tory's anger, and backbencher William Wragg told the government that Greater Manchester was "not a homogeneous area".

He said it was "not the right approach" to treat such a large part of the country equally. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential Conservative MP in 1922, agreed with Mr. Wragg.

The government has also come under fire for spelling out the new approach when Eid al Adha's Muslim festival began when critics on social media compared it to ministers who announced on Christmas Eve that people could not visit their family .

However, Mr. Hancock defended the timing of the announcement this morning, saying that it is important to act quickly to be one step ahead of the virus as it spreads.

Health Minister Matt Hancock (pictured today in Sky News) was convicted for announcing a local lock in Northern England on Twitter for less than three hours

Blackburn with Darwen – the country's worst-affected agency – will be subject to the new rules, as will Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees and all of Greater Manchester

The new rules, which were announced last night at 9:16 p.m., also prohibit members of two different households from interfering in pubs, restaurants and other restaurants.

However, these shops remain open to visitors who come individually or from the same household. The new rules came into effect overnight at midnight.

Sir Keir said: “Nobody would argue to take local measures to reduce the transmission of coronaviruses.

"However, the announcement of measures that may affect millions of people on Twitter late at night is a new low for government communications during this crisis."

Ms. Powell told Times Radio this morning that the measures were imposed out of the blue.

She said, “The way they were announced was frankly a disaster.

“Announcing them two hours before they come into effect is child's play out of the blue, as no one is able to answer some of the basic questions. This is not the way to build trust, take people with you and maximize compliance with these steps.

"We really need real answers to basic questions this morning so people understand what they need to do."

Mr Burnham, who has criticized the UK government's treatment of easing, said ministers should have all the details ready before announcing new policies.

He told Sky News: “I understand how difficult it is for government ministers to be one themselves.

"I think the moment you accept (what) it feels like a new strategy as soon as you see something that you take firmly, and I think that's probably the way to go.

"But here's the only restriction I would put on it – they have a habit of saying something, and then it takes a few hours for the detail to show up.

"And that was certainly the case last night, and later that night, I think a lot of people were very unsure of what exactly was announced.

"So what I would tell them (ministers) is that I understand the need to make announcements, I understand the need for decisive action, but when ministers step in front of the cameras, make sure you have the details, to be precise at the same time. & # 39;

In the meantime, Tory MPs have expressed concern about the general nature of the reintroduction of blocking measures.

Mr. Wragg tweeted: “Greater Manchester is not a homogeneous area. We always have to be on the safe side with Covid, but treating all 10 districts equally is not the right approach. & # 39;

Sir Graham retweeted Mr. Wragg's message and said, “I agree. The latest update for Trafford states that "infections are still at a low level" … & # 39;

The criticism at the time of the announcement, however, led to a sharp reprimand from the Health Minister's allies.

A health source told Politico: “Starmer seems to want us to wait a while before telling people.

Mr. Hancock posted this series of four tweets on his Twitter page last night at 9:16 p.m.

Mr. Hancock posted this series of four tweets on his Twitter page last night at 9:16 p.m.

“When we see a problem, we act quickly. We don't sit around turning our thumbs up and discussing rhetoric. & # 39;

Mr. Hancock said this morning that the nature of the pandemic meant that quick action was needed.

He told Sky News: "We made the announcement last night, we are moving fast in certain circumstances and I think that is very important and it is one of the things that sometimes it is important to act quickly if you are one are exposed to such a pandemic when that's what is needed.

"And I'm pleased that Andy Burnham supports this action. It is absolutely necessary and of course sometimes we have to act quickly if we can see the virus growing and I understand the impact of such decisions.

"I understand that this is not a decision everyone wants to make, but as we have seen, it is important to act quickly as the virus spreads and you need to make sure that you do everything you can to stay done turn on. & # 39;

Mr. Hancock said last night that "households that are gathering and do not abide by the rules of social distance" are one reason for the stricter rules and that the step is to "keep the country safe".

He said: "We are taking these measures with a heavy heart, but unfortunately this is necessary because we have seen households meet and lack of social distance is one of the causes of this increasing rate of coronaviruses and we will do everything necessary to do so To protect land. & # 39;

The government said it would give law enforcement and law enforcement powers – and added that some exemptions will be introduced, including for vulnerable people.

The move will take place when the Eid al Adha Muslim Festival, which started last night and continues over the weekend, is celebrated and after the government has introduced quarantine measures for those coming to the UK from Spain and Luxembourg.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer (pictured in Falmouth on Wednesday) said the late night unveiling of measures on Twitter was "a new low for government communications during this crisis."

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer (pictured in Falmouth on Wednesday) said the late night unveiling of measures on Twitter was "a new low for government communications during this crisis."

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham (today in Sky News) said the government "has a habit of saying something and then it takes a few hours for the detail to be revealed."

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham (today in Sky News) said the government "has a habit of saying something and then it takes a few hours for the detail to be revealed."

A social media user said: “How do you announce this two hours before the oath? Can you imagine that at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve it was announced that people would no longer be able to visit their families' homes after midnight? It would literally never happen. "

Another said, "It is very important that we all adhere to the rules, but if you are told, for example, that you have to change your Christmas Day plans on Christmas Eve, even the most compliant like me would have to deal with it."

The household mix restrictions also apply in Leicester, where the first so-called local lockout has occurred since June. However, other measures in the city are eased. Restaurants, cafés, bars and hairdressers will be able to reopen from Monday – however, leisure centers, gyms and pools will remain closed.

Tomorrow, Luton will be brought in line with the rest of the country after "significant progress", the government said.

Mr. Hancock added: “We are constantly vigilant and looked at the data. Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in the number of corona viruses in parts of Northern England.

“So today I held a government gold committee meeting and worked with local leaders, including Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester. We have decided that we will be located throughout Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.

"Well, from midnight tonight (Friday) we prohibit households that meet inside."

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