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Coronavirus: HALF England in Tier 2 or 3 lockdown amid backlash


What is the difference between Tier One and Tier Two?

LEVEL ONE

Normal social distancing should be followed. Face masks in public transport and shops, etc.

Rule of six at indoor and outdoor gatherings and curfew at 10 p.m. in pubs.

ANIMAL TWO

The tier-one rules still apply.

In addition, households are prohibited from mixing indoors.

This means that socializing in houses and bars is prohibited.

In pub gardens, private gardens and other outdoor areas, however, this is still permitted as long as the rule of six is ​​observed.

Sadiq Khan was accused of putting London into harmful lockdown today as nine million people face tougher curbs to tackle a coronavirus wave.

The capital stands ready to run tighter Tier 2 controls from midnight tomorrow after the mayor has made a deal with ministers – although he is still demanding more money from the government and calling for a national "breaker".

From Saturday, residents will no longer be allowed to mix with other households indoors, not even in bars and other venues. Socializing outdoors – also in pubs and private gardens – is still permitted according to the rule of six.

However, analyzing the numbers for London shows that while the number of positive tests is still increasing by hundreds per day, the proportional increase is decreasing every week – suggesting that the outbreak's growth has slowed.

Health Department figures show that no single district in the capital has a higher infection rate than the UK average – 160 cases in the week ending October 8 per 100,000 people. In Ealing, the city's Covid-19 hotspot, only 140 infections per capita were recorded over the same period.

Tory MP Bob Blackman said that all of London should not be restricted if the cases were so diverse, contrasting Mr Khan's approach with the way Andy Burnham "fought" for Greater Manchester to stay out of Tier Three.

"Sadiq Khan is trying to make policy on this," the Harrow MP told MailOnline.

“He's going to stand for re-election and say I'm the mayor who shut down London and threw the jobs under the belt.

“I don't see this as a great approach. He goes to the Treasury with a begging bowl … It's ridiculous what he's asking.

Andy Burnham is understandably trying to protect and preserve Manchester. Sadiq Khan seems to want to bring London to the third stage. I don't know what the madness of doing it is. & # 39;

Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow in Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash will also be placed in the same second tier category starting Saturday.

Under the new rules, household mixing will be strictly limited, but offices and public transport can remain open, despite the general advice of the government to work from home wherever possible.

In total, nearly 30 million people – about half the population of England – will be in an elevated lockdown.

However, plans to include Greater Manchester and Lancashire in the third stage have encountered a roadblock as Mayor Andy Burnham and local leaders push for a major bailout and threaten a lawsuit.

A phone call between Health Secretary Helen Whately and local MPs this morning reportedly resulted in a slanging match in which Tories opposed the erosion of freedoms among the harshest of critics.

Manchester Central Labor MP Lucy Powell said there had been "unanimous anger". "We want action, but it has to be the right one," she said. Another MP described the exchange as a "sh ** show".

Mr Burnham started another volley when the government botched attempt to turn Greater Manchester into a "sacrificial lamb" tonight – accusing Mr Johnson of southern bias.

Mr Khan called for more support for the capital's hospitality industry, which the relocation could cripple. He warned this morning that Londoners are facing a "difficult winter" and reiterated his call for new national "breaker" measures next to the curbs.

The Health Secretary told the Commons he "hated" introducing new measures, but it was the "only way" to save lives. He said the cases were on a steep upward trend in London.

"If we don't quell the virus, we can't go back to our economy," he added.

In grim news, he warned: "It will get worse before it gets better."

Earlier at City Hall, Mr Khan said: “Nobody wants to see restrictions anymore – but this is deemed necessary to protect the lives of Londoners through me, the leaders of the London Council and the Ministers.

"As part of our discussions, I also made it clear to the government that we need more financial support for London's businesses, workers and public services as we face more restrictions – and we will continue to do so."

Mr. Johnson reviewed the proposals this morning after they were signed by the Gold Command group, including Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

In other coronavirus developments:

  • The UK today recorded an additional 18,980 coronavirus infections – an 8.2 percent increase from last Thursday – and 138 deaths, a 79 percent increase from a week earlier.
  • The Queen tried to send a reassuring message to the country as she returned to work without a mask and made her first public engagement outside of a royal residence since before the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Covidiot MP Margaret Ferrier will not receive police operations despite traveling 800 miles across the UK while suffering from coronavirus, Scotland Yard said.
  • Former government adviser Louise Casey has warned that imprisoned workers may be forced to "prostitute" themselves because government support is inadequate.
  • Up to 13 London boroughs have exceeded the infection threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 people.
  • Police chiefs have warned Mark Drakeford's plan to impose a "unenforceable" travel ban on English visitors to Wales from coronavirus hotspots.
The positive coronavirus tests in London have increased dramatically since the beginning of September. However, the changes in recent weeks suggest that the rate of increase is slowing. In the seven days leading up to October 7, it rose 37 percent, compared with almost double 84 percent in the third week of September

Coronavirus-positive tests in London have increased dramatically since early September, but changes in recent weeks suggest the rate of increase is slowing, with a 37 percent increase in the seven days to October 7, compared to nearly double Increase of 84 percent in the third week of September

Hospital admissions in London rose 51 percent in the fortnight between September 25 and October 9, from an average of 33 per day to 50, half the rate of increase in the national measure for England

Hospital admissions in London rose 51 percent in the fortnight between September 25 and October 9, from an average of 33 per day to 50, half the rate of increase in the national measure for England

The number of deaths in London is low, averaging four a day, compared to 60 a day across England. However, the measures are always the last to rise and lag behind infections by about a month

The death toll in London is low, averaging four a day, compared to 60 a day across England. However, the measures are always the last to rise and lag behind infections by about a month

There are currently 77 patients on intensive care in London, up from 10 on August 7th. For comparison: 135 ventilated patients in the North West, 116 in the North East and 468 across England

There are currently 77 ventilated patients in intensive care in London, down from a low of 10 on August 7th. For comparison, there are 135 ventilated patients in the North West, 116 in the North East and 468 across England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson left 10 Downing Street in Westminster yesterday to ask questions from the Prime Minister

Sadiq Khan warned this morning that Londoners are facing a "difficult winter".

Boris Johnson (left) left 10 Downing Street in Westminster yesterday to ask questions from the Prime Minister. Sadiq Khan (right) warned this morning that Londoners are facing a "difficult winter" as the capital moves to Tier 2 restrictions

PM could impose a “city breaker” in the middle of school

Boris Johnson intends to put millions of people in urban areas into a complete breaker lockdown at halfway point.

Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove and Prime Minister's Assistant Dominic Cummings are due to push for a two-week closure from Oct. 26 – but limit yourself to the worst-hit parts of England.

This would allow him to act decisively in the face of widespread support for the measure, but avoid presenting a political victory to Labor leader Keir Starmer, who this week called for a nationwide lockdown.

It would cover all areas in the top tier, Tier 3 Very High, but could also include some areas that are currently in Tier 2 High.

It came when it was announced that London would enter Tier 2 lockdown from midnight on Friday night. Ministers are expected to announce that Greater Manchester will later be placed in the top tier 3 situation.

Mr Johnson hasn't ruled out a breaker, but in a combative performance on yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions, he said it would mean misery for millions.

He responded to Sir Keir Starmer when he called for Britain to be put back into national lockdown for a temporary period.

The Prime Minister is likely to have strong resistance from the Chancellor. In response to Keir Starmer's request for a full breaker, Rishi Sunak said last night the UK was already facing an "economic emergency" – and Labor "does not seem to care about long-term stability of public finances".

The Covid-19 outbreak in London may already be slowing, according to official data, which calls into question the drastic decision to put nine million residents of the capital in a Tier 2 lock this weekend.

The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the capital – although still increasing – is now increasing slightly than it was in September. Daily cases increased 37 percent between September 30 and October 7. For comparison: between September 16 and 23, they rose by 84 percent and in the last week of the month by 66 percent.

Number 10's decision to ban Londoners from mixing with other households indoors is also not supported by other data from Public Health England released today showing that the capital's overall rate of infection has not increased last week. According to the government agency, it had been 75 for a fortnight.

London has not seen more than 10 Covid-19 deaths a day since May, and daily admissions have still not hit 100. By comparison, on the darkest days of the first wave in spring, more than 200 Londoners died and 800 needed NHS care every day.

In the week leading up to October 7, an average of 1,242 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 each day in London. That was an increase of 908 people a day the week before.

The rate of infection per person in the city suggests that this may be the only place included in the second tier lockdown as a precautionary rather than a response.

The Ministry of Health announced today that the city average for the week ending October 9 was 97 cases per 100,000 people.

This makes it one of the few areas with rates less than 100 per 100,000 that are subject to lockdown rules, while other locations with significantly higher infection rates are not subject to any additional restrictions at all.

Infection rates vary widely across the city's districts, ranging from 144.5 in Ealing to just 64 in Bexley. However, the entire region will be subject to the same strict rules.

And other areas of the country have significantly higher rates of infection but no lockdown, which will be particularly annoying for those in less affected districts.

Coventry had 152 cases per 100,000 in the first week of October – 50 percent higher than the London average and higher than any borough – but the city remains at Level 1.

Exeter rates over 400, North Lincolnshire 148.6, Bournemouth 135, Bristol 134, Windsor and Maidenhead 118, and Bath 111.

None of these areas are subject to restrictions beyond national guidelines that enforce the rule of six and social distancing, despite higher infection rates than London.

And of all parts of the country that are being locked into stage two by the Department of Health today, London has the lowest infection rate.

Mr Khan has urged the capital to be moved from Tier 1 – which just means normal social distancing rules, the rule of six, and a 10 p.m. pubs curfew – to Tier 2.

However, he has sought more funding to stay off the curb and there has previously been opposition from within the government, local councils and Tory MPs to the treatment of London as a whole, with infection rates varying widely across districts.

London Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said: “Sadiq Khan's constant call for more restrictions and more bans is incredibly irresponsible. It's almost like he wants people to pay attention to something other than his terrible record as mayor.

& # 39; I fully support the government's decision to include London in the second stage. It's a sensible move that can help us avoid another lockdown while also keeping Londoners safe.

“To be very clear, the London economy would be hit hard by a second blockade. While keeping all options on the table is correct, we should do everything possible to avoid a second ban. & # 39;

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith wanted to know if London was sacrificed to demonstrate that the south was not being treated more leniently.

"London is huge whether people like it or not, it's very diverse and each of the boroughs, many of which are larger than most cities in the rest of the UK," he said in the House of Commons.

“Surely we have to go back to the nature of this London Tier 2 position because there might even be regional areas that could be removed, there are big differences.

"Please think again, otherwise a voter who literally called me today said to me, is this actually a London Tier 2 to stop the North-South divide argument?"

Mr. Hancock replied, “No, just about the last point, absolutely not. The decision was made based on the data across London.

“And we considered the city-to-city advocated city-to-city approach, but the decision we have come to is that cases are increasing across the capital. So it was right for the capital to move as a whole – and that was supported by the bipartisan team working on it at the London level. & # 39;

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Sir Bob Neill said the "one-size-fits-all" approach to the capital was a mistake.

The senior conservative told Sky News, “I think it's a mistake. I think it's out of proportion to all of London.

Government data for London shows that case rates have increased - although the lack of testing at the previous peak of the outbreak in March and April means the numbers are not comparable. Deaths and hospital stays have also increased in recent weeks

Government data for London shows that case rates have increased – although the lack of testing at the previous peak of the outbreak in March and April means the numbers are not comparable. Deaths and hospital stays have also increased in recent weeks

“I can see some parts of London that pass the test, but … there are a cluster of districts in south east and south London where rates are much lower.

"And while they are increasing, I think this unified approach is a mistake for all of London, it is a mistake because it does very real damage to businesses."

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond said he was surprised that Tier 2 measures would be rolled out across the capital.

"Yes, infections are increasing in London, but they are increasing at different rates in different parts of London, with different levels of hospitalization," the senior Tory told BBC Radio 4's World At One.

"They go very, very far and it is not clear that the government actually advocated the case that there should be a complete lockdown across London."

In the House of Commons, Mr. Hancock expressed his aversion to violations of civil liberties. But he cemented his reputation as the leading “dove” in the cabinet by insisting that action be taken before the cases emerged further.

“The key change is that people cannot socialize with other households indoors. This is true in any setting at home, in a restaurant, or any other location. The rule of six still applies to all outdoor areas. Even if you continue to travel to open venues, reduce the number of trips whenever possible, ”he said.

“Now I know that these measures are not easy, but I also know that they are crucial.

Police say Welsh ban on English visitors to COVID hotspots is "unenforceable" as Tory MPs accuse Mark Drakeford of "having small man syndrome".

Police chiefs have warned Mark Drakeford's plan to impose a "unenforceable" travel ban on English visitors to Wales from coronavirus hotspots.

The first Welsh minister announced yesterday that he will ban people from areas with high Covid-19 levels unless Boris Johnson imposes UK travel restrictions.

However, the Police Federation of England and Wales said police work in Wales was already overstretched due to the pandemic and the new measures would make police even more complex.

Meanwhile, the proposals have sparked an angry political backlash, with Tory MPs calling the move "persistent and stupid" as they also accused Mr. Drakeford of "guilty of small man syndrome".

Mr Drakeford defended his proposals this morning when he said police could use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to intercept visitors from restricted areas of the UK.

He also said vacation providers in Wales should not accept bookings from people in hotspot areas of the UK, as he warned that existing escape plans "can no longer be adhered to".

It came when Nicola Sturgeon supported Mr Drakeford's call for statewide travel restrictions to high-incidence areas as she would not rule out a Wales-style ban on visitors.

“Responding to this unprecedented pandemic requires tough choices, some of the toughest choices a government must make in peacetime.

"We make these decisions with a heavy heart with the sole aim of navigating our nation through troubled waters."

He said: “We are also working with local leaders in Essex and Elmbridge to raise them to high alarm levels on the ground, and I would like to pay tribute to the leadership of Essex County Council and Elmbridge where they have worked so hard to suppress this pay tribute to virus. & # 39;

Hancock added, “Infection rates are also rising sharply in Barrow-in-Furness, York, northeast Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield.

“In all of these places, the cases double in less than a fortnight.

"The change will take effect one minute after midnight on Saturday morning for all areas that reach high alert, including Barrow-in-Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield."

But Mr. Hancock had no material news of the move to Tier Three, merely saying that the engagement would continue.

Burnham and Greater Manchester Council Chairs have threatened legal action if they are pushed into the "fundamentally flawed" highest level of local restrictions without further financial assistance.

The mayor said he would "not give in to pressure" by agreeing to a local lockdown and said the extreme restrictions would be "by imposition, not consent". However, the government has made it clear that while it intends to work with local authorities, it will act without their cooperation if necessary.

In contrast, Lancashire's District Council Chairman Geoff Driver has said it is "inevitable" that his area will move into Stage Three. Another 835 cases were reported yesterday, including 87 in the seaside resort of Blackpool, where medical professionals feared they would "have to repeat the April peak indefinitely" as the intensive care units fill up.

Mr Burnham and other Manchester leaders have supported Labor Leader Sir Keir Starmer's call for a nationwide breaker lockout.

They "fear a winter when much of the north will be trapped in the third stage" with no financial support for businesses or for those unable to work.

EALING is now London's Covid-19 hotspot

Ealing has become London's new Covid-19 hotspot. That became known today when it was confirmed that the capital will be placed on a Tier Two lockdown starting tomorrow night.

Government data shows the West London borough diagnosed 144.5 cases per 100,000 residents for the week ending October 9, topping Richmond upon Thames (137.9).

Ealing's moving average number of weekly Covid-19 cases for seven days rose from 132.5 yesterday to 144.5 per 100,000 people in the week ended October 9.

Some parts of the district are significantly more affected than others, according to the government dashboard.

For example, the infection rate of South Ealing is currently 293.6, that of Southall North is 274.3 and that of Elthorne Park is 295.3.

The government's coronavirus dashboard shows the borough moved from third to top in one day, overtaking Richmond-upon-Thames as well as Hackney and City of London.

Thirteen counties now have infection rates in excess of 100 per 100,000 people, which is one in 1,000 people who contract the coronavirus each week.

None of the 32 counties had crossed the threshold before this week, according to separate data from Public Health England.

The measures come despite the apparently slow Covid-19 infection rate in Manchester. There were 448 cases per 100,000 this week – compared to 582 per 100,000 the week before.

After learning that the Joint Biosecurity Centre's Gold Command recommended an upgrade, Mr Burnham tweeted, “I didn't want to comment, but now I feel compelled to do so because of this government meeting.

“At no point during today's briefing were we given this news. The media said it again. Our position has not changed. & # 39;

In addition to the closure of the hospitality industry, the restrictions of the third level also include the ban on coming into contact with other households indoors and in gardens.

Speaking at City Hall, Mr. Khan increased pressure on Mr. Johnson to seek a two-week lockout on the national circuit breaker during mid-school this month – something the Prime Minister has so far announced he will not do.

"Given how far the virus has already spread – and the government's lack of a working testing, tracking and isolation system – I believe we need action at the national level too – just like our own scientific advisor to the government. " I recommended, ”said Mr. Khan.

“So I will continue to demand a short national circuit breaker.

"This could save thousands of lives, bring the virus to manageable levels and give the government more time to finally get to grips with the flawed testing and tracking system."

Eddie Curzon, London Director of the Confederation of British Industry, said: “Companies are fully aware that public health must come first and have done everything to ensure the safety of employees and customers, whether in pubs , Shops or offices …

'However, this news will mean a serious setback for businesses across London – especially in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors.

"While the Chancellor has taken bold and determined steps to support jobs and corporate cash flow, London businesses remain under extreme pressure."

"It is important that the government, the Mayor's Office and London Councils continue to work together effectively and use all the tools at their disposal to protect jobs and livelihoods."

David Finch, chairman of Essex County Council, welcomed the announcement of the move to Tier Two, saying it was "an appreciation of the gravity of the situation we are in as a county".

In a statement, he added: “We believe the government was right, guided by science, and the fact is that the number of cases in Essex is growing exponentially.

& # 39; We understand that moving to the high local Covid alert level can affect people's lives and businesses and understand the very strong feelings in that regard. However, we have a duty of care towards the people of Essex and we strongly believe that it is the best way to minimize disruption, save lives – not just for those with the virus, but other patients as well – and protect businesses .

The former homelessness tsar claims that people in Liverpool have to "prostitute themselves to put food on the table".

Dame Louise Casey hat das Angebot von zwei Dritteln der Bezahlung von Arbeitnehmern geltend gemacht, deren Firmen geschlossen sind und die Menschen "sich selbst prostituieren, um Essen auf den Tisch zu legen".

Bei einem heftigen Angriff warnte der frühere Berater der Regierung für Obdachlosigkeit neue Maßnahmen der Minister zur Unterstützung von Arbeitnehmern, die nicht am Arbeitsplatz sind, nicht.

Im Rahmen des Urlaubssystems finanzierten die Steuerzahler bis August 80 Prozent der Löhne der Arbeitnehmer, wobei das System bis zu seiner Schließung am Monatsende eingestellt wurde.

Ein separates Job Support Scheme, das am 1. November startet und sechs Monate dauert, sieht vor, dass die Regierung zwei Drittel des Gehalts jedes Mitarbeiters zahlt.

Dies ist jedoch nur bis zu einem Höchstbetrag von 2.100 GBP pro Monat und nur dann der Fall, wenn der Arbeitgeber aufgrund von Einschränkungen gesetzlich verpflichtet ist, seine Räumlichkeiten zu schließen.

„Es sind schwierige Zeiten für Einzelpersonen, Unternehmen und Gemeinden, aber ich weiß, dass wir als Landkreis zusammenkommen werden, um uns gegenseitig zu unterstützen und zu schützen – wie wir es zuvor getan haben – und dass es eher früher als später ist, die Ausbreitung von Covid einzudämmen das richtige tun.'

In einer früheren Interviewrunde schlug Wirtschaftsminister Nadhim Zahawi vor, die Entscheidung, Greater Manchester und Lancashire den strengsten Maßnahmen zu unterziehen, bereits getroffen zu haben, als er später nach dem Treffen zwischen den Abgeordneten der Region und den Gesundheitsministern gefragt wurde.

Er sagte gegenüber Sky News: „Ich hoffe, dass sie an dem Treffen teilnehmen und sich Zeit für dieses Treffen nehmen können, damit sie vom Chief Medical Officer, vom stellvertretenden Chief Medical Officer, erfahren können, warum wir diese Maßnahmen ergreifen müssen. & # 39;

In der Zwischenzeit herrscht eine weitere heftige Auseinandersetzung zwischen Herrn Johnson und den britischen Nationen, nachdem Wales eine Blockade für Personen angekündigt hat, die von Coronavirus-Hotspots in England aus reisen.

Kritiker haben den Schritt von Erster Minister Mark Drakeford als nicht durchsetzbar und als Versuch abgetan, "die Engländer zu verbieten".

Der Westminster-Führer der SNP, Ian Blackford, bestätigte heute Morgen, dass Schottland Wales folgen könnte, um nicht wesentliche Reisen aufgrund von Coronavirus-Beschränkungen zu verhindern.

Er sagte gegenüber der Sendung Today von BBC Radio 4: „Wir haben natürlich die Möglichkeit, geeignete Maßnahmen im Bereich der öffentlichen Gesundheit zu ergreifen. Wenn nötig, können wir sagen, dass Menschen nicht von Hotspots aus reisen sollten, egal ob sie aus Schottland kommen oder aus anderen Teilen des Vereinigten Königreichs nach Schottland kommen.

„Dies geschieht jedoch nach einem evidenzbasierten Ansatz, bei dem wir es für angemessen halten, die Menschen in allen Teilen des Landes vor Menschen zu schützen, die dorthin reisen, wo dies nicht erforderlich ist. Wenn Menschen geschäftlich, beruflich usw. reisen müssen – wesentliche Reisen -, werden sie weiterhin zugelassen, aber es handelt sich um nicht wesentliche Reisen, bei denen dies angemessen ist. & # 39;

Die Region Liverpool City ist nach wie vor der einzige Teil des Landes, in dem die strengsten Tier-3-Beschränkungen gelten, nachdem die Fälle stark angestiegen sind

Die Region Liverpool City ist nach wie vor der einzige Teil des Landes, in dem die strengsten Tier-3-Beschränkungen gelten, nachdem die Fälle stark angestiegen sind

Die bewaffnete Polizei bedient den Besitzer eines Fitnessstudios in Liverpool mit einer Geldstrafe von 1.000 GBP, da er sich weigert, sich der Schließung von Covid zu beugen

Die bewaffnete Polizei bediente einen Fitnessstudio-Besitzer in Liverpool mit einer Geldstrafe von 1.000 GBP, weil er sich trotz strenger Tier 3-Sperrregeln geweigert hatte, zu schließen.

Nick Whitcombe widersetzte sich den neu auferlegten Sperrregeln und weigerte sich, Bodytech Fitness in Moreton zu schließen, weil sie sonst keinen haben, zu dem sie zurückkehren könnten.

Ein Mitglied der Öffentlichkeit bemerkte, dass das Fitnessstudio noch geöffnet war, und rief die Polizei an, die eine Warnung herausgab, in der er angewiesen wurde, das Fitnessstudio zu schließen.

Kurze Zeit später, als er die Räumlichkeiten nicht schloss, tauchten sieben oder acht bewaffnete Polizisten in seinem Fitnessstudio auf und forderten, dass es geschlossen oder mit einer Geldstrafe belegt wird.

Ein Mitglied der Öffentlichkeit bemerkte, dass das Fitnessstudio noch geöffnet war, und rief die Polizei (im Fitnessstudio abgebildet) an, die ihn warnte, das Fitnessstudio zu schließen

Polizeibeamte (im Fitnessstudio rechts abgebildet) bedienten den Liverpooler Fitnessstudio-Besitzer Nick Whitcombe (links) mit einer Geldstrafe von 1.000 GBP, weil er sich trotz strenger Tier 3-Sperrregeln geweigert hatte, zu schließen

Diese Woche wurden Liverpool – und die benachbarten fünf Bezirke, aus denen sich die Stadtregion zusammensetzt – unter die Sperrung des Coronavirus der Stufe 3 gestellt, was bedeutete, dass Fitnessstudios geschlossen werden mussten.

Herr Whitcombe teilte Aufnahmen von Polizisten in seinem Fitnessstudio mit und sagte: „(Polizisten) waren heute Morgen bei uns und haben uns gewarnt. Dann kam er heute Nachmittag zurück und befahl ihrem Top-Chef, sofort eine Geldstrafe zu verhängen.

"Also haben sie uns gesagt, dass wir sofort schließen sollen, sonst nehme ich eine Geldstrafe von 1.000 Pfund."

„Offensichtlich hatten wir noch ziemlich viele Mitglieder im Training und ich sagte zu den Beamten:„ Ich bitte niemanden, zu gehen. Even if I am I'm going to let them finish their sessions first'.

'So they've issued the fine. First one's £1,000. They can come back in three hours and issue £2,000. Three hours after that £4,000.

'It's disappointing. They sent out seven or eight firearms officers, what a waste of resources.'

Chief Superintendent Claire Richards said: 'While this lockdown does present huge challenges, the focus of us all should now be on preventing the spread of the virus and getting us back to normality as safely and as quickly as possible.

'The new restrictions have been brought in to try to achieve that, and if we don't act decisively and collaboratively, the impact could be harder and last even longer.

'We will therefore continue to encourage members of the public and businesses to adhere to the guidance, explain why they should and – as in this case – use enforcement where there are clear breaches of legislation.'

In a press conference with mayor of the Liverpool City region Steve Rotheram yesterday, Mr Burnham said: 'My great fear is we're going to see a position where areas, one by one, are going to have pressure piled upon them to go into tier three, because that's an easier option for the government.

'It's cheaper, it puts all the pressure on local leaders without the support. I think a winter where most of the north is trapped in tier three is going to be very serious.'

He said the option backed by Sir Keir – which would involve a country-wide lockdown for between two and three weeks – 'would be a better and a fairer way of keeping the country together, not accentuating regional divide'.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the Government will pay two thirds of the salaries of people who can't keep working under tier three lockdown – such as bar staff.

But Mr Burnham said the measures aren't enough and threatened going down 'legal routes'.

He told the conference: 'We won't accept people having their jobs taken off them, their businesses taken off them without proper compensation and what I mean by that is 80 per cent furlough across the board.

'We would consider other routes – legal routes – where we could protect our many thousands of residents who are going to be left in severe hardship in the run up to Christmas.

'We would not just leave them in the lurch, we would try and support them and that would include any legal action we could take on their behalf.

'We might even consider some joint action in that space because we won't let people just be sent to the wall.'

The political grappling comes as the UK's daily Covid-19 cases jumped 40 per cent in a week.  Health officials yesterday announced 19,724 more infections and 137 new deaths.

Last Wednesday, 14,162 cases and 70 deaths were recorded, as well as 17,234 cases and a four-month high of 143 fatalities on Tuesday.

By comparison, in the darkest phase of the first wave in March and April, more than 100,000 British people were infected and at least 1,000 died every day.

Mr Johnson yesterday sounded defiant on his local tiers lockdown plan, despite warnings from scientists that it is the 'worst of all worlds'.

In brutal clashes at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Johnson dismissed calls from Sir Keir Starmer and his own SAGE experts for a 'miserable' national 'circuit breaker'.

He insisted that it be his job to balance the country's economic and broader interests with science.

But there are claims Mr Johnson is looking at placing millions of people in urban areas into a total 'circuit breaker' lockdown at half term.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove and the PM's assistant Dominic Cummings are said to be pushing for a two-week closure from October 26 – but limit it to the worst-affected parts of England.

This would allow him to appear to be taking decisive action in the face of wide-support for the measure but avoid handing a political victory to Labour leader Keir Starmer, who demanded a nationwide lockdown this week.

It would cover all areas in the top Tier 3 Very High category but could also include some areas currently at Tier 2 High.

The UK's rolling seven-day average of daily infections — considered a more accurate measure because it takes into account day-to-day fluctuations — is 15,767, having soared from 3,000 this time last month.

And data shows that the average daily death toll is 91, after rising steadily from a record low of seven in mid-August.

Only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico, all countries with much larger populations, have suffered more deaths than the UK at 43,155.

However, experts consider this to be an underestimate, as only patients are taken into account who died within 28 days of the positive Covid-19 test.

Can I still meet my friends in a pub garden? Should I cancel my half-term trip to Cornwall? Your questions answered as nine million Londoners are plunged into Tier 2 lockdown

Nine million people in London are set to face tougher coronavirus restrictions banning households mixing indoors from midnight on Friday night.

MPs have been told London will move to 'tier two', meaning households will be banned from mixing indoors – including in pubs – from Saturday at 0.01am.

The ban on households mixing indoors could be devastating for the capital's 3,640 pubs and 7,556 restaurants – who will see business suffer but will not be eligible for Government support available to premises which have been ordered to close.

The move is part of the new three-tier strategy of local lockdown measures for England announced by Boris Johnson in efforts to curb rising Covid-19 rates.

People in London will not be able to meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

Up to 15 guests will still be allowed at weddings and up to 30 people allowed at funerals, while shops, gyms, all education settings and churches will remain open.

The travel advice for those living in tier two is to reduce the number of journeys they take where possible and avoid travel into very high tier three areas.

Areas in tier two today included Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, West Midlands, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash will move to tier two from 0.01am on Saturday.

You can find out the current alert level in your area with the Government's postcode checker by clicking here, but note it may change this weekend.

Here, MailOnline looks at what it will mean for Londoners from Saturday:

Can I still go to my friends' house tonight or tomorrow night?

Yes. Tomorrow will be the last day when you can visit a friend's house for now, but you must ensure no more than six people gather – and you leave before midnight.

Can I have my friends over from Saturday?

No. People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

Can I see my friends inside a pub or a restaurant?

No. You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.

Can I meet my friends in a pub garden?

Yes. You can gather in groups of six outside at venues which are following Covid-secure guidance, including pubs, restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues and places of worship.

At least one person in the group should give their contact details to the venue or check in using the official NHS Covid-19 app so NHS Test and Trace can contact you if needed.

Drinkers outside a pub in Westminster last month. You will only be allowed to have a drink with friends from a different household at the pub outdoors from Saturday - and not indoors

Drinkers outside a pub in Westminster last month. You will only be allowed to have a drink with friends from a different household at the pub outdoors from Saturday – and not indoors

Can I see friends outside?

Yes. You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space.

When you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than six.

Do children count in the 'rule of six' outdoors?

Yes. This limit of six for meeting people outdoors includes children of any age.

Can I still meet inside with people from my support bubble?

Yes. You will still count as one household who can meet together indoors or outdoors.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household.

Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

Informal childcare can also be provided via childcare bubbles (see below).

Is the support bubble affected by London changing tier?

No. Your support bubble is still valid despite London going into a higher tier, so you can continue to function as one household.

Can my friends visit if they are from outside London?

No. If you live in a 'tier two' area you also cannot meet indoors with people from outside of the area, unless exceptions apply (see final question below).

Can I go to stay at a hotel or Airbnb home within London?

Yes. You can still travel within high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation, but you should only do this with people in your household or support bubble.

You can only stay in a private home – which includes self-catered accommodation such as holiday cottages, apartments or boats – with members of your own household or support bubble.

You can stay in a hotel or similar accommodation (for example, a hostel or bed and breakfast) with another household.

However you should avoid sharing rooms with people you do not live with or otherwise socialising indoors, for example in each other's rooms, in reception areas, or in restaurants and bars.

Can I still go on holiday outside London?

Yes, with exceptions. You can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble.

Can I still go on holiday to Wales?

Wahrscheinlich nicht. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford is proposing a travel ban on visits to Wales by people living in areas of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with high levels of Covid-19 from Friday.

He said police in Wales could use number plate technology to catch people from UK coronavirus hotspots who illegally enter the country.

Can I still go on holiday to a tier three area like Liverpool?

No. You should avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to very high local Covid alert levels.

Can I still move home or look at a house in London?

Yes. You can still move home. Estate and letting agents and removals firms can also continue to work and people looking to move home can continue to undertake viewings.

Do I have to end my current holiday outside London if it's with another household?

No. At the time that the new local restrictions are brought in, if you are currently on holiday with another household outside London, but are from London, and are staying in a private home and it is not reasonable for you to curtail your stay, you should finish your holiday as planned.

The Government advises that until the end of this holiday you should 'make every effort to reduce socialising indoors outside of your household and follow local regulations and guidance'.

Can I still use public transport?

Yes, but with restrictions. The Government says you may continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work, voluntary, charitable or youth services, or to access education, but you should 'aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible'.

If you need to travel, the Government encourages people to walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.

People wearing face masks pass by market stalls at Covent Garden in Central London today

People wearing face masks pass by market stalls at Covent Garden in Central London today

Do the tier two rules follow me if I travel outside my area?

Yes. The rules are based on the highest tier level out of a) where you live and b) where you are visiting.

Therefore, if you live in London, you must abide by London's rules wherever you go.

But if you are from a tier one area and are visiting London, you must abide by the rules for London.

Can I visit my parents in an area outside of London?

Yes. However you must follow the rules applying to where you live, so you would have to meet them outside and ensure there is not a group of more than six people.

Can I still commute into London if I live in a tier one region outside the capital?

Yes. The Government says people can continue to travel into a high alert area for work, but should 'aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible'.

Are the exceptions to the rule of six for children?

Yes. There are exceptions from legal gatherings limits for registered childcare, education or training, and supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children's playgroups.

This means you can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies.

Who can provide childcare support in private homes and gardens?

Registered childcare providers including nannies, people in your support bubble or people in your childcare bubble.

What is the definition of a childcare bubble?

A childcare bubble is where someone in one household provides informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household.

For any given childcare bubble, this must always be between the same two households.

Friends or family who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble must not visit your home to help with childcare.

Childcare bubbles are to be used to provide childcare only, and not for the purposes of different households mixing where they are otherwise not allowed to do so.

Can I meet with a household from another flat inside the property where I live?

No. The Government's definition of a household is one person living alone, or a group of people (not necessarily related) living at the same address who share cooking facilities and share a living room, sitting room or dining area.

A household can consist of a single family, more than one family or no families in the case of a group of unrelated people.

Therefore people who live in different self-contained flats cannot meet with each other.

Can I visit my grandparent in a care home?

No, with exceptions. You should not visit a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit an individual who is at the end of their life.

Will shops still be open?

Yes. Non-essential retail as well as essential stores will remain open for customers.

Will I be fined if I am caught having a meeting in a group that is illegal?

Yes. Meeting in larger groups is against the law, although there are certain exceptions (see final question).

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups, which includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fixed penalty notice fines.

You can be fined £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

The newly married Lucy and James Bone after their wedding at St Michael and all Angels Church in Ingram, Northumberland, on July 4 - the that weddings were once again permitted

The newly married Lucy and James Bone after their wedding at St Michael and all Angels Church in Ingram, Northumberland, on July 4 – the that weddings were once again permitted

Can I attend a wedding?

Yes, with restrictions. Up to a maximum of 15 people can attend weddings or equivalent ceremonies and receptions where the organiser has carried out a risk assessment and 'taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus'.

But receptions should be sit down meals to ensure people can keep their distance from each other, and must not take place in private homes.

Can I attend a funeral?

Yes, with restrictions. Up to a maximum of 30 people can attend a funeral. Wakes and other commemorative events are permitted with up to 15 people present, but these cannot take place in private dwellings.

Where food or drink is consumed, this should be in the form of a sit down meal.

Anyone working at a wedding, civil partnership ceremony, reception, wake or funeral is not generally counted as part of the limit.

People living outside of London in a tier one area can travel to the capital to attend an event, but they must not meet with another household indoors.

Can I still go to church?

Yes. You can still attend places of worship for a service in London. However, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.

Can I attend an indoor exercise class?

Yes, with restrictions. Indoor exercise classes and other activity groups can only continue provided that households or support bubbles do not mix. Where it is likely that groups will mix, these activities must not go ahead.

There are exceptions to enable disability and youth sport and physical activity indoors, in any number.

Can I still take place in sports activities outdoors?

Yes. In line with guidelines from national sporting bodies, you can take part in sport and physical activity outdoors.

Can I still have a street party?

Yes, but as long as it is outside and no more six people gather, following Covid restrictions.

Can a tradesperson come into my house?

Yes. A tradesperson can go into a household without breaching the rules if they are there for work.

What if I am clinically vulnerable?

The Government advises that those aged 70 or over, pregnant women or those with an underlying health condition can go outside as much as they like but 'should still try to keep your overall social interactions low'.

Should I share a car with someone from outside my household?

No, in most cases. The Government says it is difficult to socially distance during car journeys and transmission of coronavirus can occur in this context.

So you should avoid travelling with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing.

Does the 10pm curfew still apply to pubs and restaurants?

Yes. Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are still required to close between 10pm and 5am.

Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through. Orders must be made via phone, online or by post.

A group of women carry their drinks in London's Soho after the 10pm curfew began last month

A group of women carry their drinks in London's Soho after the 10pm curfew began last month

Are hospitality venues at motorway services still exempt from the curfew?

Yes. Hospitality venues in ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas do not need to close at 10pm, but must not serve alcohol after that time.

Can I still go to work in the office?

Yes, with exceptions. The Government advises that 'office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter'.

It adds: 'Where an employer, in consultation with their employee, judges an employee can carry out their normal duties from home they should do so.'

Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.

The Government also says that 'anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work'.

Those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid-secure, but should still work from home wherever possible.

Can I still go to school or college?

Yes. The Government says it has 'prioritised ensuring all children can attend school safely, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians'.

Can I still go to university?

Yes. Universities have welcomed students back and students are allowed to move home and travel to go there.

However those in tier two areas must not move backward and forward between their permanent home and term time address during term time – subject to limited exemptions.

Students living at their university term time address in a high alert level area should follow the same guidance on meeting other people and travel as others in that area.

Pupils wear protective face masks on the first day back to school at Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster on September 2 as schools in England reopened to pupils following the lockdown

Pupils wear protective face masks on the first day back to school at Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster on September 2 as schools in England reopened to pupils following the lockdown

Can I commute into London or another high alert level area to go to university?

Yes. Commuter students – defined as those who live at a family home and travel to/from university each day – should be able to continue to travel to/from their university as required, for education purposes.

However, you must not meet people you do not live with in their home inside the area, unless they're in your household, childcare or support bubble

You can also not host people you do not live with in your home, if they live in the affected area, unless they're in your childcare or support bubble

You must also not meet people you do not live with in their student halls, whether inside or outside of the area, unless they're in your childcare or support bubble.

If you move out of, or currently live outside of, an affected area you should not host people you do not live with in your home or student halls if they live in a high alert level area, unless they’re in your household, support bubble or childcare bubble.

Will Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph go ahead?

Yes, with restrictions. Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph on November 8 will take place but will be closed to the public.

Crowds will not be allowed to go to the service and will be asked to mark the day at home. The usual Royal British Legion march past has also been cancelled.

It is expected that members of the Royal Family and dignitaries will still attend to lay wreaths to remember the fallen.

What are the exceptions on people from different households gathering?

  • in a legally permitted support bubble or childcare bubble
  • for work, volunteering to provide voluntary or charitable services
  • for registered childcare, education or training
  • for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians
  • for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them
  • for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after school childcare), youth groups and activities, and children's playgroups
  • for birth partners
  • to see someone who is dying
  • to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm
  • to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service
  • to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable
  • to facilitate a house move
  • for elite sportspeople and their coaches if necessary for competition and training, as well as parents or guardians if they are a child
  • for outdoor exercise and dance classes, organised outdoor sport, and licensed outdoor physical activity
  • indoor organised team sports for disabled people, and youth sport
  • support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support (not to take place in private dwellings)
  • protests – if organised in compliance with Covid-secure guidance

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