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Coronavirus Manchester: Andy Burnham slams Tier 3 ban


Boris Johnson was dealt another humiliating blow last night after rebellious Tory MPs in the north rebelled against the government's Tier 3 lockdown plans for the region – and instead teamed up with local Labor mayors.

Several Conservative MPs sided with Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who today launched a new volley on the government's failed attempt to turn Greater Manchester into a "sacrificial lamb" by imposing the toughest nationwide lockdown.

He said the north was being treated like a "canary in a coal mine" with experimental restrictions, alleging that if London were in the same position there would be a nationwide crackdown and threatened legal action if the third stage lockdown were imposed .

Tonight, Mr Hancock blew up Mr Burnham's interventions, calling on local leaders to "overturn these party policies" and work with the government to "take the action that is needed in Greater Manchester (and) the North West".

In a sign that his own party is experiencing a dramatic north-south split, local Tory MPs have now also turned down calls to include the region in the third tier – which would require pubs to close and overnight stays prohibited.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Backbench Tory MPs Committee, said, "Greater Manchester is not going into a tier three ban."

Sir Graham, MP for Altrincham and Sale West in Greater Manchester added: "The MPs, Council Chairs and Mayor of Greater Manchester are widespread and oppose the proposal to introduce Tier Three."

Tory William Wragg, Hazel Grove MP in Manchester, said health ministers had "achieved the impossible" by uniting local politicians from all parties against the government's plans.

Jake Berry, former minister for the Northern Powerhouse and MP for Rossendale and Darwen, said many people in the area already "do not know or understand the rules" because they are in the "twentieth rulebook."

Mr Berry pointed out last night that following last year's election victory, the Tories now have 80 MPs from the north, adding: "They are the majority of the Prime Minister and he has to look after us bluntly."

Labor Shadow Secretary of State and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said: “Despite repeated attempts to claim we are divided, Conservative MPs and Labor Greater Manchester MPs agreed with the minister this morning.

& # 39; We will support evidence-based interventions with appropriate financial support. We will not support this chaos. & # 39;

Placing large swaths of the north in tier three is central to the Prime Minister's plan to avoid national breaker lockdowns by taking action in the areas with the highest infection rates.

Downing Street said yesterday the Prime Minister wants to move forward with "as much consensus as possible" but confirmed ministers have the power to force entire regions to the top level.

Ministers fear, however, that if the Labor side works with the Tory rebels, the government could be defeated in a confirmatory vote on the regulations that would be required next month to keep them in place.

There are also fears that the dispute could undermine public confidence in the measures, even if they are imposed.

In other major developments today:

  • 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 total UK coronavirus deaths rose to 43,155 yesterday, while the number of cases diagnosed since the outbreak began in March reached 654,644.

Andy Burnham launched a fresh volley when the government botched attempt to turn Greater Manchester into one

Andy Burnham started a fresh volley when the government botched attempt to turn Greater Manchester into a "sacrificial lamb" by imposing a tougher lockdown today – calling for major bailouts and accusing Boris Johnson of southern bias

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Backbench Tory MPs Committee, said:

Sir Graham Brady, Chair of the 1922 Backbench Tory MPs Committee, said, "Greater Manchester is not going into a tier three ban."

Professor Clifford Stott, a government academic advisor, warned yesterday that the stance of Mr Burnham and others could create confusion about the value of the restrictions.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program, "When local leaders deny the legitimacy of government action, it creates the conditions that are less likely to be held by people."

However, Professor Stott supported calls from Mr Burnham and others for more financial aid and warned that otherwise some people might not obey the rules.

Mr Burnham said yesterday that the "least" he would accept is a full reinstatement of the vacation program, which pays 80 percent of the wages of people disabled due to the lockdown.

No. 10 said talks with local leaders would continue today. So far, only the Liverpool City region has agreed to move into the third stage.

Overnight there had been widespread instructions that the area, along with Lancashire, would be placed in the toughest third tier category.

The mood changed abruptly, however, after Health Secretary Helen Whately held a conference call with local MPs.

Both Downing Street and the Treasury Department said there would be no advance payment on the new Job Support Scheme, which only pays two-thirds of wages.

Police say Wales' ban on English visitors to COVID hotspots is "unenforceable".

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.

The proposals sparked angry political backlash when Tory MPs described the move as "stubborn and stupid" as they also accused Mr Drakeford of "guilty of small man syndrome".

Meanwhile, Commons chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg said "putting a border between England and Wales is unconstitutional" and warned it would place the police in an "insidious position".

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.

No. 10 said the lowest paid would get nearly 90 percent of their normal income because they were eligible for Universal Credit top-ups.

But Mr Burnham said he was ready to take legal action against ministers if they tried to enforce the rules.

The Tory MPs uprising came as the UK recorded 18,980 more coronavirus cases and 138 deaths today.

Health ministry figures show that daily infections rose only eight percent in one week from 17,540 last Thursday. Only 77 deaths were reported last Thursday.

Though rising, the numbers are still a long way from the darkest days of the first wave in spring, when more than 100,000 Britons got the virus every day and at least 1,000 infected patients died every day.

Speaking at a press conference in Manchester today, Burnham said, “Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City area and Lancashire are being set up as canaries in the coal mine for an experimental regional lockdown strategy to avoid the cost of what is really needed.

“The least they should offer the people in Greater Manchester who will be affected by these closings is a full and fair 80 percent vacation for all affected workers, 80 percent income support for the self-employed, and an adequate compensation scheme for companies. So far they have not been ready to offer this. & # 39;

Mr Burnham's reply resulted in the humiliating withdrawal of Ministers from plans to force a lockdown in Manchester and Lancashire.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was expected to deliver the tier three news in a Commons statement. Instead, he simply told the House that "discussions are ongoing".

Speaking to reporters tonight, Hancock said: “The situation in the Northwest is serious, the number of cases is increasing exponentially, the number of people hospitalized with Covid has doubled in the past 12 days.

So I urge local leaders to repeal this party politics and work with us to take the action that is needed in Greater Manchester (and) the North West so that we can deal with this virus and support the people through it. & # 39;

He said now is "a time when people come together so we can control this virus" and "we need to act".

Mr Burnham said chief medical officer Chris Whitty told him that a national lockdown was the only "sure thing" to reduce coronavirus cases.

"But the government told us this morning that it does not want to do this as it will harm the economy," he said.

“And yet they want to force that on the northwest.

"That was our conclusion from meeting number 10 this morning: you are ready to sacrifice jobs and businesses here in order to save them elsewhere."

Earlier, Lucy Powell of Labor, who represents Manchester Central, said politicians were "unanimously angry" when she called Ms. Whately.

"We want action, but it has to be the right one because we've been living in tier two for almost three months and it hasn't worked," she said.

Wigan's Labor Front Bencher Lisa Nandy said: “Despite repeated attempts to claim we are divided, Conservative and Labor Greater Manchester MPs agreed with the minister this morning.

& # 39; We will support evidence-based interventions with appropriate financial support. We will not support this chaos. & # 39;

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Tory Backbench Committee and MP for Altrincham and Sale West, said the "case was not brought" for a tougher lockdown.

"Members of Parliament, Council Chairs and the Mayor of Greater Manchester are widespread and oppose the proposal to introduce Tier Three."

However, there has been a significant movement in the shift from tier 1 to tier 2 areas on the government lockdown scale.

Half of England will face increased lockdowns from the weekend after nine million Londoners are told they are facing tougher curbs to tackle a surge in coronavirus.

Tory MP Graham Brady

Minister of Health Helen Whately

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Tory Backbench Committee and MP for Altrincham and Sale West, said after a call to Helen Whately (right), the case for a tougher lockdown had not been brought forward

Labor's Lucy Powell, who represents Manchester Central, said the region's politicians were "unanimously angry" over the idea of ​​a third tier lockdown

Labor's Lucy Powell, who represents Manchester Central, said there was "unanimous anger" among politicians in the region over the idea of ​​a third tier lockdown

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was expected to deliver the tier three news in a Commons statement. Instead, he simply told the house that "discussions are ongoing"

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was expected to deliver the tier three news in a Commons statement. Instead, he simply told the house that "discussions are ongoing"

Coronavirus shames MP Margaret Ferrier ESCAPES police operation 800 miles across the UK while sick for taking a test BEFORE new laws that could have imposed her £ 4,000 fine went into effect

Covidiot MP Margaret Ferrier will not face police action despite traveling 800 miles around the UK while suffering from coronavirus, Scotland Yard said today.

Detectives investigating the former SNP politician, 60, said that despite potential infections of people traveling between her Scottish constituency and London – where she spoke in Parliament – she did not break any rules in England.

Ms. Ferrier was traveling by train, waiting for the results of a Covid test late last month. She spoke in the House of Commons that evening and traveled back to Scotland the next day after being told the test was positive.

City Police said this afternoon that because Ms. Ferrier took a coronavirus test on September 26 and traveled to London two days later, she was unable to take action under the 2020 Health Protection Regulations as it did not come into effect until September 29.

The new law introduced a £ 4,000 fine for anyone who "recklessly" broke the lockdown.

The Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP has been stripped of the Nationalist Party's whip and faces growing demands to quit her job of £ 80,000 a year.

But she remains defiant and refuses to back off, blaming "jumbled rules" for her actions.

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

In addition to London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow in Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash are all in the same category.

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.

Offices and public transport may remain open, although the government's general advice to work from home wherever possible applies.

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

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."

But after the uprising there was no movement in Greater Manchester or Lancashire.

William Wragg of Hazel Grove said: “All the MPs, the Council Presidents and the Mayor surprisingly agree that the meeting we had earlier today was completely pointless.

"I might as well have spoken to a wall, frankly."

Meanwhile, a separate meeting with local authority leaders also appears to have been shambolic.

Sean Fielding, Chairman of Oldham Labor Council, said, “I am a long way from being a seasoned negotiator, but the GM (Greater Manchester) meeting was just a masterclass how not to do it.

Government opening address: We'll either do tier three with you or impose it. And then absolutely nothing is offered to get us on the side because there is no money.

The Queen tried to send a reassuring message to the country as she went back to business today without a mask and made her first public engagement outside of a royal residence since the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation

The Queen tried to send a reassuring message to the country as she went back to business today without a mask and made her first public engagement outside of a royal residence since the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation

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 work alongside the curb and there has 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.

40% of cases in teenagers and 20s, says PHE

Almost half of coronavirus infections still occur in people between the ages of teenagers and 20, according to Public Health England.

Those in their late teens and early 20s appear to have fueled the second wave of the epidemic.

Thousands of cases are diagnosed in university students who returned to college in September and notoriously live in cramped dormitories and large households.

Working people over the age of 20 can also be major causes of infection due to their active social life.

There are 245 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people among 10 to 19 year olds in England, according to the PHE. And there are 253 cases per 100,000 in people ages 20 to 29.

Although young people do not have a great risk of death if they get Covid-19, they can speed up community outbreaks that spread to the elderly, and they can also suffer from the lasting effects of "long covid".

Dr. Yvonne Doyle, PHE Medical Director, said today, “We are now seeing about 40 percent of positive cases in young adults in their late teens and early twenties, causing the disease to spread rapidly across the community and the elderly.

“And while there are fewer cases in older people, the likelihood that they will get seriously ill is far higher.

“That means we're also seeing a worrying increase in people over 75 being hospitalized. We must be prepared for the rapid increase in the number of deaths as a result.

& # 39; This picture is particularly acute in the north of England, with the north-west being the region hardest hit.

“I can't stress enough the importance of everyone following the guidelines to protect you and your loved ones. Wash your hands regularly, use face covering, and keep your distance. & # 39;

Mr Khan said: “Nobody wants to see more restrictions – 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."

Ealing has become London's new Covid-19 hotspot.

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 dramatic move has been criticized by some London Tories.

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;

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

SADIQ KHANAGE: PUBS, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS BLAST LONDON MAYOR FOR TWO RESTRICTIONS

Angry hospitality bosses today beat up Sadiq Khan for “cursing” London when they warned that the UK capital's immersion in the second stage lockdown will result in “catastrophic business closings and widespread job losses”.

London is ready for tighter controls from midnight tomorrow after a deal was struck with Mr Khan demanding even more money from the government and calling for a national "breaker".

Residents are prohibited from mingling with other households indoors, including bars and other venues, while the rule of six is ​​still allowed to socialize outdoors – including pubs and private gardens.

Offices and public transport can remain open, although the government's general advice to work from home whenever possible continues.

Angry hospitality bosses including restaurateurs, hoteliers and the UK's largest pub trade association lined up today to warn City Hall that further coronavirus restrictions would wreak havoc on the economy.

It has now emerged that British hospitality manager Kate Nicholls warned the London Mayor that more draconian measures yesterday – a full day before London moved into the second stage – would lead to "massive job losses" in the capital alone up to 250,000.

In her letter to Mr Khan, he added: "We have entered a new phase of financial peril for our businesses, their employees, the capital's tourist offer and the social and cultural prospects for Londoners."

“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."

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.

“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 has made an offer of two-thirds of the pay for workers whose businesses are closed and people "prostitute themselves to put food on the table".

In a violent attack, the former government homelessness adviser failed to warn ministers of new measures to support workers who are out of work.

Under the vacation system, taxpayers funded 80 percent of workers' wages through August, with the system suspended until it closed at the end of the month.

A separate Job Support Scheme, which starts on November 1st and lasts six months, has the government paying two-thirds of each employee's salary.

However, this is only up to a maximum of £ 2,100 per month and only if the employer is legally obliged to close its premises due to restrictions.

“These are tough times for individuals, businesses, and communities, but I know that as a county we will come together to support and protect one another – as we did before – and that it will be sooner rather than later, the spread curb Covid do the right thing. & # 39;

In an earlier round of interviews, Economy Secretary Nadhim Zahawi suggested that the decision to subject Greater Manchester and Lancashire to the toughest of measures had already been taken when later asked about the meeting between the region's MPs and health ministers.

He told Sky News, “I hope that you can attend the meeting and make time for this meeting so that you can hear from the Chief Medical Officer, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, why we need to take these steps. & # 39;

Meanwhile, there is another heated argument between Mr Johnson and the UK nations after Wales announced a blockade for people traveling from coronavirus hotspots in England.

Critics have dismissed Prime Minister Mark Drakeford's move as unenforceable and an attempt to "ban the English".

The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford confirmed this morning that Scotland could follow Wales to prevent non-essential travel due to coronavirus restrictions.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program: “We obviously have the opportunity to take appropriate public health measures. If necessary, we can say that people should not travel from hotspots, whether they are coming from Scotland or coming to Scotland from other parts of the UK.

“However, it is doing this according to an evidence-based approach that we deem it appropriate to protect people in all parts of the country from people who travel where they are not needed. If people need to travel for business, work, etc. – essential travel – they will still be allowed, but it is non-essential travel and it is appropriate to do so. & # 39;

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

The Liverpool City area remains the only part of the country with the toughest Tier 3 restrictions after cases have soared

The Liverpool City area remains the only part of the country with the toughest Tier 3 restrictions after cases have soared

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.

Speaking in a press conference with Liverpool City Area Mayor Steve Rotheram, Mr Burnham said yesterday, “My great fear is that we will see a position where the areas will put pressure on them in tier three because that is an easier option for the government is.

“It's cheaper, it puts all the pressure on local leaders without the support. I think a winter with most of the north trapped in stage three is going to be very serious. & # 39;

He said the Sir Keir-backed option, which would include a nationwide lockdown for two to three weeks, was "a better and fairer way to hold the country together without widening the regional divide".

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the government would pay two-thirds of the salaries of people who cannot continue working below level three – such as bar staff.

But Mr Burnham said the measures were not enough and threatened to go "legal channels".

Speaking to the conference, he said, “We're not going to accept that people will take their jobs off the ground, their businesses will be taken away from them without adequate compensation, and what I mean by that is 80 percent vacation across the board.

“We would consider other routes – legal routes – that we could take to protect our many thousands of residents who will be in dire need in the run-up to Christmas.

“Not only would we fail them, we would try to support them, and that includes any legal action we could take on their behalf.

"We might even consider joint action in this area because we're not going to allow people to be just put on the wall."

The political battle comes as the UK's Covid-19 cases jump 40 percent in a week. Health officials announced 19,724 more infections and 137 new deaths yesterday.

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 3 category very high, but could also include some areas that are currently in the tier 2 high category.

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 included in the top tier three list today.

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".

As of Wednesday, 14,162 cases and 70 deaths were recorded, along with 17,234 cases and a four-month high of 143 deaths 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 sounded defiant of his local lockdown plan yesterday, despite warnings from scientists that it is "the worst of all worlds".

In brutal clashes over questions from the Prime Minister, Mr Johnson declined calls from Sir Keir Starmer and his own SAGE experts for a "wretched" national "breaker".

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

However, there are allegations that Mr Johnson intends to put millions of people in urban areas in 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 3 category very high, but could also include some areas that are currently in the tier 2 high category.

The 7-day moving average of daily infections in the UK – considered a more accurate measure as it takes into account daily fluctuations – is 15,767 after increasing by 3,000 in the 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 friends in a pub garden? Should I cancel a half-time trip to Cornwall? Your questions were answered as Londoners slipped into Tier 2 lockdown with parts of Essex, Surrey, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Derbyshire

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Nine million people in London are facing tougher coronavirus restrictions that ban indoor mixing of households – including pubs – from 0.01 a.m. on Saturday.

And London is not the only area that will be hit by the government's second strictest lockdown at midnight tomorrow.

Residents of Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash will also receive the new restrictions.

Tier 2 rules include a ban on socializing with friends and family indoors. Weddings are capped at 15 and funerals are capped at 30.

Gyms, shops, schools, universities, and churches will remain open.

You can find out the current alert level in your area with the government zip code checker by clicking here. Note, however, that this can change this weekend.

Here MailOnline is investigating what this will mean for all regions under Tier 2 block from Saturday:

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

Yes. Tomorrow is the last day you can visit a friend's house for the time being, but you need to make sure there are no more than six people gathering – and you leave before midnight.

Can I have my friends from Saturday?

No. Menschen dürfen sich in Innenräumen, weder zu Hause noch an einem öffentlichen Ort, mit Personen außerhalb ihres Haushalts treffen oder Blasen unterstützen.

Kann ich meine Freunde in einem Pub oder Restaurant sehen?

No. Sie dürfen sich in keiner Umgebung sozial mit Freunden und Familie treffen, es sei denn, Sie leben mit ihnen zusammen oder haben mit ihnen eine Unterstützungsblase gebildet.

Dies umfasst Privathäuser und andere Innenräume wie Pubs und Restaurants.

Kann ich meine Freunde in einem Kneipengarten treffen?

Yes. Sie können sich in Sechsergruppen draußen an Orten versammeln, die der von Covid gesicherten Anleitung folgen, einschließlich Pubs, Restaurants, Geschäften, Freizeit- und Unterhaltungsstätten und Kultstätten.

Mindestens eine Person in der Gruppe sollte dem Veranstaltungsort ihre Kontaktdaten mitteilen oder mit der offiziellen NHS Covid-19-App einchecken, damit NHS Test and Trace Sie bei Bedarf kontaktieren kann.

Trinker vor einem Pub in Westminster im letzten Monat. Ab Samstag dürfen Sie nur noch mit Freunden aus einem anderen Haushalt in der Kneipe im Freien etwas trinken - und nicht drinnen

Trinker vor einem Pub in Westminster im letzten Monat. Ab Samstag dürfen Sie nur noch mit Freunden aus einem anderen Haushalt in der Kneipe im Freien etwas trinken – und nicht drinnen

Kann ich Freunde draußen sehen?

Yes. Möglicherweise sehen Sie weiterhin Freunde und Familie, mit denen Sie nicht im Freien leben (oder mit denen Sie keine Stützblase gebildet haben), auch nicht in einem Garten oder einem anderen Außenbereich.

Wenn Sie dies tun, dürfen Sie sich nicht in einer Gruppe von mehr als sechs Personen treffen.

Zählen Kinder im Freien zur Regel der Sechs?

Yes. Diese Grenze von sechs für Treffen im Freien gilt für Kinder jeden Alters.

Kann ich mich trotzdem mit Leuten aus meiner Unterstützungsblase treffen?

Yes. Sie zählen immer noch zu einem Haushalt, der sich drinnen oder draußen treffen kann.

In einer Unterstützungsblase schließt sich ein Haushalt mit einem Erwachsenen einem anderen Haushalt an.

Haushalte in dieser Unterstützungsblase können sich weiterhin gegenseitig besuchen, über Nacht bleiben und gemeinsam öffentliche Orte besuchen.

Informelle Kinderbetreuung kann auch über Kinderbetreuungsblasen erfolgen (siehe unten).

Ist die Unterstützungsblase von einem Tierwechsel in London betroffen?

No. Ihre Unterstützungsblase ist weiterhin gültig, obwohl London eine höhere Stufe erreicht hat, sodass Sie weiterhin als ein Haushalt fungieren können.

Können meine Freunde besuchen, wenn sie von außerhalb Londons kommen?

No. Wenn Sie in einem Gebiet der zweiten Stufe leben, können Sie sich auch nicht in Innenräumen mit Personen außerhalb des Gebiets treffen, es sei denn, es gelten Ausnahmen (siehe letzte Frage unten).

Kann ich in einem Hotel oder Airbnb-Haus in London übernachten?

Yes. Sie können weiterhin in Bereichen mit hoher Alarmstufe zu Hotels und anderen Gästeunterkünften reisen, dies sollten Sie jedoch nur mit Personen in Ihrem Haushalt oder mit einer Unterstützungsblase tun.

Sie können nur mit Mitgliedern Ihres eigenen Haushalts oder einer Unterstützungsblase in einem Privathaus wohnen, zu dem auch Unterkünfte zur Selbstverpflegung wie Ferienhäuser, Apartments oder Boote gehören.

Sie können in einem Hotel oder einer ähnlichen Unterkunft (z. B. einem Hostel oder Bed & Breakfast) bei einem anderen Haushalt übernachten.

Sie sollten jedoch vermeiden, Zimmer mit Personen zu teilen, mit denen Sie nicht zusammenleben, oder auf andere Weise in Innenräumen Kontakte knüpfen, z. B. in den Zimmern des jeweils anderen, in den Empfangsbereichen oder in Restaurants und Bars.

Kann ich trotzdem außerhalb von London Urlaub machen?

Ja, mit Ausnahmen. Sie können weiterhin außerhalb von Gebieten mit hoher Alarmstufe Urlaub machen, dies dürfen Sie jedoch nur mit Personen in Ihrem Haushalt oder mit einer Unterstützungsblase tun.

Kann ich trotzdem in den Urlaub nach Wales fahren?

Wahrscheinlich nicht. Der erste walisische Minister Mark Drakeford schlägt ab Freitag ein Reiseverbot für Besuche von Menschen in Wales vor, die in Gebieten von England, Schottland und Nordirland mit einem hohen Anteil an Covid-19 leben.

Er sagte, die Polizei in Wales könne mithilfe der Kennzeichentechnologie Menschen von britischen Coronavirus-Hotspots abfangen, die illegal in das Land einreisen.

Kann ich trotzdem in einem Tier-3-Gebiet wie Liverpool Urlaub machen?

No. Sie sollten es vermeiden, in einen Teil des Landes zu reisen, der sehr hohen lokalen Covid-Alarmstufen ausgesetzt ist.

Kann ich trotzdem nach Hause ziehen oder mir ein Haus in London ansehen?

Yes. Sie können immer noch nach Hause ziehen. Immobilien- und Vermietungsfirmen sowie Umzugsunternehmen können ebenfalls weiterarbeiten, und Personen, die nach Hause ziehen möchten, können weiterhin Besichtigungen durchführen.

Muss ich meinen aktuellen Urlaub außerhalb von London beenden, wenn er in einem anderen Haushalt ist?

No. Zum Zeitpunkt der Einführung der neuen örtlichen Beschränkungen, wenn Sie derzeit mit einem anderen Haushalt außerhalb Londons im Urlaub sind, aber aus London stammen und in einem Privathaushalt wohnen und es für Sie nicht sinnvoll ist, Ihren Aufenthalt zu verkürzen, Sie sollten Ihren Urlaub wie geplant beenden.

Die Regierung rät, bis zum Ende dieses Urlaubs „alle Anstrengungen zu unternehmen, um die Geselligkeit in Innenräumen außerhalb Ihres Haushalts zu verringern und die örtlichen Vorschriften und Richtlinien zu befolgen“.

Kann ich trotzdem öffentliche Verkehrsmittel benutzen?

Ja, aber mit Einschränkungen. Die Regierung sagt, Sie könnten weiterhin zu Orten oder Einrichtungen reisen, die offen sind, für Arbeit, freiwillige, gemeinnützige oder Jugenddienste oder um Zugang zu Bildung zu erhalten, aber Sie sollten "darauf abzielen, die Anzahl der Reisen, die Sie machen, wo möglich zu reduzieren".

Wenn Sie reisen müssen, ermutigt die Regierung die Menschen, wenn möglich zu Fuß oder mit dem Fahrrad zu fahren oder vorauszuplanen und geschäftige Zeiten und Routen mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln zu vermeiden. Auf diese Weise können Sie auf Reisen soziale Distanz üben.

Menschen, die Gesichtsmasken tragen, kommen heute an Marktständen in Covent Garden im Zentrum von London vorbei

Menschen, die Gesichtsmasken tragen, kommen heute an Marktständen in Covent Garden im Zentrum von London vorbei

Befolgen mich die Tier-2-Regeln, wenn ich außerhalb meines Gebiets reise?

Yes. Die Regeln basieren auf der höchsten Stufe von a) wo Sie wohnen und b) wo Sie besuchen.

Wenn Sie in London leben, müssen Sie sich daher überall an die Londoner Regeln halten.

Wenn Sie jedoch aus einem erstklassigen Gebiet stammen und London besuchen, müssen Sie die Regeln für London einhalten.

Kann ich meine Eltern in einem Gebiet außerhalb von London besuchen?

Yes. Sie müssen jedoch die Regeln befolgen, die für Ihren Wohnort gelten, damit Sie sie draußen treffen und sicherstellen können, dass nicht mehr als sechs Personen anwesend sind.

Kann ich trotzdem nach London pendeln, wenn ich in einer Tier-1-Region außerhalb der Hauptstadt lebe?

Yes. Die Regierung sagt, dass die Menschen weiterhin in einen Bereich mit hoher Alarmbereitschaft reisen können, um zu arbeiten, aber "darauf abzielen sollten, die Anzahl der von Ihnen unternommenen Reisen zu verringern, wo dies möglich ist".

Sind die Ausnahmen von der Sechserregel für Kinder?

Yes. Es gibt Ausnahmen von gesetzlichen Versammlungsbeschränkungen für registrierte Kinderbetreuung, Bildung oder Ausbildung und beaufsichtigte Aktivitäten für Kinder, einschließlich Rundum-Betreuung, Jugendgruppen und -aktivitäten sowie Kinderspielgruppen.

Dies bedeutet, dass Sie weiterhin frühe Jahre und Kinderbetreuungseinrichtungen nutzen können, einschließlich Tagesmütter, Nachschulklubs und Kindermädchen.

Wer kann Kinderbetreuung in Privathäusern und Gärten anbieten?

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

H.ow long will the rules be in place?

The Government must review which areas are subjected to the rules at least once every 14 days, with the first due to be carried out by October 28.

The restrictions themselves must be reviewed every 28 days, with the first due to be carried out by November 11. The rules themselves expire in six months.

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