No panic! Buyers take to the streets before strict new Covid rules are introduced – even if the stores are still open in Tier 3
- The center of Manchester was full of people who are evolving and getting the essentials today
- But after the second lockdown ends next week, all three tiers will still be able to purchase non-essential goods
- Manchester, along with parts of the Northwest, will be immersed in Tier 3 when the national lockdown ends
Shoppers took to the streets today before tough new Covid rules are rolled out – although all stores will also remain open to areas of the country that will be classified as Tier 3 after December 2nd.
The center of Manchester was full of people who got on and provided themselves with the essentials before stepping into the highest category of restrictions.
However, after the end of the second national lockdown next Thursday, all three levels will still be able to purchase non-essential and important goods. Companies are given the green light to reopen in the hope that they will get a boost over the holiday season.
All non-essential stores – as well as pubs and restaurants – had to close during this second lockdown, but all stores with social distancing measures can reopen next week.
Shoppers take to the streets on Market Street in Manchester today before tough new Covid rules go into effect – even if stores are still open for areas of the country that will go Tier 3 after December 2nd
The center of Manchester was full of people who got on and provided themselves with the essentials before stepping into the highest category of restrictions
The crowd comes in today despite the fact that after the second national lockdown ends next Thursday, all three tiers will still be able to shop for non-essential items
Pictures showed long queues outside of Costco in Manchester this morning, just days before severe new restrictions are imposed in the area when the national lockdown ends.
Manchester, along with parts of the Northwest, will be immersed in Tier 3 when the national lockdown ends Tuesday.
All stores – including those not considered essential – will reopen on all three levels next Thursday
Under the restrictions, non-essential stores will open but the hotel industry will remain closed except for takeaway and delivery.
Households are not allowed to mix indoors – schools, gyms, and places of worship, however, remain open.
In other news today:
- Central London fell into anarchy today when riot police broke off lockdown rallies led by Piers Corbyn and arrested unmasked protesters.
- Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi, who has criticized Boris Johnson's tiered lockdown system, has been tasked with rolling out the vaccine in the UK.
- The health expert behind Sweden's no-lockdown strategy Covid-19 appears to have been bumped into a "split" within the government as the number of coronavirus deaths continues to rise in the country.
- A Tory rebellion seems to be brewing as furious backers accuse the government of risking catastrophic damage to the economy with its controversial post-national lockdown system.
Another 15,871 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK today, a 20 percent decrease in the number of cases reported last Saturday.
Today's total cases shave a fifth of the 19,875 positive tests recorded this time last week in one sure sign England's second nationwide lockdown slowed the country's soaring infection rate.
But Great Britain is not quite out of the woods like aboveOfficial numbers have also revealed an additional 479 coronavirus deaths – a 40 percent increase from 341 last Saturday.
Today's death toll is the highest Saturday since May 2, when 584 Britons lost their lives to the virus.
However, it's the second lowest death toll this week – after a massive 696 deaths were reported on Wednesday and 608 deaths on Tuesday.
Manchester, along with parts of the Northwest, will be immersed in Tier 3 when the national lockdown ends Tuesday. Shown are buyers in
The scene on Market Street in Manchester during the final week of a four-week national lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus
People in downtown Manchester last week of a four-week national lockdown today to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Many were in stock before tighter restrictions next week
A woman adjusts a widow ad in a Marks and Spencer store in Manchester in the final week of the four-week national lockdown
From next week there will be three different levels for everyone living in England, but the majority will be divided into two or three levels
An additional 15,871 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK today, a 20 percent decrease in cases reported last Saturday
Today, an angry MP – who asked not to be named – predicted that up to 70 MPs would rebel at a Commons showdown next week against the new tiered measures where Boris Johnson could rely on Labor for support, to approve the new restrictions.
Their anger was fueled by reports that it was "unrealistic" to expect areas under the toughest Covid curbs – Levels 2 and 3 – to descend to Level 1 before spring, known as a "virtual lockdown".
But Michael Gove today strongly warned a MP's plans to rebel.
The Cabinet Secretary called on MPs to "take responsibility for difficult decisions" to contain the spread of Covid-19, amid anger by some Conservatives that much of England will face severe restrictions
Mr Gove wrote in The Times today that the decision to impose the restrictions was necessary to pull the handbrake and avoid the "catastrophe" of NHS hospitals – and the private and newly built Nightingale hospitals – who just did Covid is busy with patients and emergencies.