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Coronavirus UK: London will be in Tier 2 when lockdown ends


London is expected to return to Stage Two from December 3, although there are clear signs that the already low infection rates across the capital have stalled and are falling.

Corporations and MPs have called for the UK's largest city to be ranked Tier 1 to reclaim part of the billions the economy has lost since March, as the hotel industry warned 75 percent of pubs, restaurants and cafes not to go broke without freedom of opening go completely.

However, Boris Johnson is expected to ignore their pleas and leave London in Tier 2 – with stricter rules making it more similar to the current Tier 3 – when he announces on Thursday which regions of Tier England will be in. Mr Johnson will reveal the detailed lockdown set today via Zoom, where he is self-isolating.

The infection rates in the most affected London districts are still outside the top 100 in the ranking of the 317 authorities in England, according to the Department of Health. The seven-day average in London fell from 198.9 to 197.2 per 100,000 people yesterday on Saturday. The national average is currently 235.

The return to the same "high" level as before November 5th means that unnecessary shops, pubs, restaurants and gyms in the capital are allowed to reopen. However, the rules are expected to be even stricter than before, and there is increasing speculation about whether pubs will only be allowed to open when “large meals” are served with drinks.

Jace Tyrrell, executive director of the New West End Company, told the Evening Standard, “A safe and sustainable reopening from December 3rd is vital to ensure retailers and recreational operators have the best possible opportunity to make up for some of the billions lost Trade this season. For this to be most effective, we hope the government will acknowledge the latest numbers we've seen in the capital and find it appropriate to place London in at least tier 2 if not tier 1. & # 39;

Noam Bar, co-founder of the Ottolenghi Food Empire with chef and best friend Yotam, said, “We have learned to live with Tier 2, although Tier 1 is of course preferable for both us as a company and the government – Tier 1 We would employ more staff and pay more taxes. & # 39;

As the Prime Minister prepared to lay out his animal strategy for the spring via Zoom, it also turned out today:

  • Oxford-AstraZeneca announces that the vaccine is 90% effective and can be kept in a regular refrigerator.
  • Boris Johnson reveals new rules for the lockdown level with pubs and restaurants reopening "on behalf only" – but gyms and Christmas shopping are back up. The levels that each region will be in from next month will be released on Thursday.
  • Ministers propose an extensive testing scheme to avoid the need for self-isolation when people have come into contact with infected individuals in order to win over rebels on the conservative backbenches.

Covent Garden in London is pictured on Friday. The capital is expected to return to stage two despite falling infection rates in many districts

The Garrick Arms Pub in Charing Cross is closed and boarded up and is one of the many pubs that were boarded up after the hospitality industry in the capital fell

The Garrick Arms Pub in Charing Cross is closed and boarded up and is one of the many pubs that were boarded up after the hospitality industry in the capital fell

According to official statistics, the highest infection rate is in Havering in east London. But all counties are still outside the top 100 in the table of 317 authorities in England

According to official statistics, the highest infection rate is in Havering in east London. But all counties are still outside the top 100 in the table of 317 authorities in England

Boris Johnson is expected to announce on Thursday which tiers will apply to each part of the UK without a decision on whether London will return to tier two by the 11th hour.

The move could depend on dates on cases and the R number for the transfer in the capital in the next few days, the London Evening Standard reported.

However, the government is heavily criticized by politicians and business leaders when capital is classified in the higher tier three.

Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, told the newspaper, “A safe and sustainable reopening from December 3rd is vital to ensure retailers and recreational operators have the best possible opportunity to recoup the billions in lost trade balance this season.

"For this to be most effective, we hope the government will acknowledge the latest numbers we've seen in the capital and think it appropriate to place London in at least Tier 2 if not Tier 1."

In a Commons statement this afternoon, Boris Johnson will confirm that the second national lockdown will end in England on December 2nd, with a return to the previously applicable regional approach

In a Commons statement this afternoon, Boris Johnson will confirm that the second national lockdown will end in England on December 2nd, with a return to the previously applicable regional approach

A small number of pedestrians walk down an empty King & # 39; s Road in London's Chelsea last week

A small number of pedestrians walk down an empty King & # 39; s Road in London's Chelsea last week

It has also been suggested that the levels should vary between boroughs, although this would be difficult to enforce given the number of Londoners traveling between them for work.

Today Mr Johnson will be making plans for the new levels of restrictions to replace the lockdown in England and pave the way for some limited relaxation this Christmas.

He'll be detailing his winter strategy this afternoon, with a plan to deploy an extensive testing scheme to win the rebels on the conservative back benches.

It is understood that he will tell MPs that after the current restrictions expire on December 2nd, non-essential stores at all three levels can be opened, which will benefit retailers.

Mr Johnson will lay the foundation for plans to allow small numbers of households across the UK to mingle over a limited number of days around Christmas.

It was hoped that vaccines could end the pandemic after a British bite was found to be up to 90 percent effective against Covid-19.

AstraZeneca and Oxford University said their push is preventing most people from contracting coronavirus and getting seriously ill.

There is some evidence that it can also prevent people from passing the virus on to others. The jab is expected to be launched in the UK from December.

Will the lock continue and what will reopen when it finally ends? With Boris Johnson planning a NEW system of tiered Covid-19 restrictions next month, we answer the most pressing questions

Will the lock continue?

No. Boris Johnson will confirm today that the lockdown ends December 2nd. It will be replaced by a system of regional restrictions on three levels.

December 2nd is the legal end of the lockdown. Any extension requires a vote in parliament.

What comes next depends on a review of the Covid-19 case data to see if the lockdown has had an impact.

Will the levels be the same as before?

No. The government will revert to a three tier system, but Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it will be "tougher" than it was before the lockdown.

What were the levels before?

England was split into three parts in the original tiered strategy in October, with areas in the first tier – medium alert – subject to the same national measures in place across the country at the time, including a curfew on pubs and restaurants at 22 And a ban at most gatherings of more than six people.

Under the second level – high alarm – mixing of households indoors was prohibited, while the rule of six continued to apply outdoors.

Tier 3 – very high alert – banned mixing in social spaces both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars should be closed unless they could be operated as a restaurant.

How will this new system be different?

More areas are expected to move to the top of the system and the restrictions in each of the areas are expected to change.

Under the old system, local executives should help decide whether to close venues such as gyms or casinos in very high alert areas. This can change in the new system.

The ministers will announce on Thursday which stage each area will enter.

What will happen to pubs?

It is assumed that pubs and restaurants will be allowed to stay open later than the previous 10 p.m. curfew.

Plans call for last orders to be called at 10 p.m., but customers will have an extra hour to finish their food and drinks. The opening times will be extended to 11 p.m.

There are reports suggesting that pubs need to serve a "full meal" with drinks and people need to stay in their household groups.

Will stores and gyms reopen when the lockdown ends?

Shops are expected to reopen to allow Christmas trading. Gyms are reopening and outdoor sports are likely to resume.

Betting shops will likely close on the higher levels and eateries will likely only remain take-out in parts of the country, with restrictions on houses mixing elsewhere.

In tier one pubs you can stay open until 11 p.m., in tier 2 the curfew remains at 10 p.m., while in tier 3 you cannot go to the pub at all

In tier one pubs you can stay open until 11 p.m., in tier 2 the curfew remains at 10 p.m., while in tier 3 you cannot go to the pub at all

Can i see family and friends?

The rule of six remains. Being together with other households indoors remains forbidden on the top two levels and is likely to be restricted on the bottom level as well.

How will they choose which tier my area will go into?

Ministers will announce on Thursday which levels will apply to which parts of the country.

The decision will depend on a number of factors including the number of Covid cases, local NHS capacity, and local R number – the rate at which the virus is spreading. But government sources have said that "most of the people" will be in the first two levels.

Does the curfew remain at 10 p.m.?

No. Pubs and restaurants will stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m., but customers will have time to drink and leave until 11 p.m.

Will overnight stays outside your home be allowed?

Overnight stays in other households are currently prohibited, with the exception of support bladders. Whether this is allowed after locking will likely depend on which shift you are in, if the shift system remains in the same shape as before.

Shops are expected to reopen to accommodate Christmas shopping, gyms to reopen, and outdoor sports likely to resume

Shops are expected to reopen to accommodate Christmas shopping, gyms to reopen, and outdoor sports likely to resume

How long will the new tier system last?

The government is optimistic that if the vaccines are approved by regulators, restrictions can be gradually reduced in the run-up to spring, so that a plan can begin to roll out next month before a larger program in the New Year.

However, with no vaccines approved, it is still not clear when the rollout can begin.

Government sources said the new system is expected to stay in place through spring.

Has the vote on the Covid Winter Plan been completed?

Not quite – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be wary of a rebellion from Tory MPs opposed to new restrictions.

During a vote on the current four-week system earlier this month, 32 Conservatives opposed the measures and 17 others, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, abstained.

A "Covid Recovery Group" led by former chief whip Mark Harper and ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker was set up to withstand new measures. 50 Tories submitted proposals.

What is happening in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland will go through a strict two-week lockdown starting Friday, which will involve closing non-essential retail stores, hospitality sectors and close contact services.

Stricter restrictions were imposed on parts of Scotland on November 20, requiring non-essential stores, hospitality, gyms and beauty salons to be closed for three weeks in 11 parish areas.

The Level 4 restrictions that apply to parts of western and central Scotland will apply until December 11th.

Meanwhile, Wales' 17-day ban ended on November 9th.

Will the restrictions be lifted over Christmas?

The Cabinet Office said Sunday that leaders across the UK had endorsed the goal of allowing "some limited additional budget bubbles" for a small number of days over the Christmas period.

It comes as Boris Johnson is about to lay the groundwork for Monday's festive season plans and outline a new, tougher, three-tier system for England when the national lockdown ends on December 2nd.

But Mr Johnson won't be able to say how many households will be allowed to mingle over Christmas and for how many days the restrictions will be relaxed until a later date.

Can people see their families at Christmas?

The answer seems to be yes, but the details have yet to be finalized.

However, the public is "advised to remain cautious" and said, "wherever possible, people should avoid travel and minimize social contact," a cabinet statement said.

What was agreed?

Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove held talks on Saturday with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford and Northern Ireland's First and Deputy First Ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill on joint arrangements for the holiday season.

Ministers "advocated a common goal of allowing limited additional bubbling of the budget for a small number of days," the ministry said.

The gyms on all three levels are expected to reopen

The gyms on all three levels are expected to reopen

Do we know how many households are allowed to mix?

The simple answer is no, but there has been much speculation about how high the limit will be and how long the relaxation will last.

The BBC reported that an option was being discussed to allow three households to meet for "a number of days, maybe five days".

However, the Daily Mail has stated that up to four families are allowed to form a coronavirus bubble, which can meet indoors from Christmas Eve through December 28th.

Full details of the Christmas relaxation plans are not expected until after the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland consulted their own cabinets.

When is a decision made?

The Cabinet Office said that work on finalizing the agreements, including the trip, would continue.

The Cabinet Office said talks would continue to finalize the deal, including travel arrangements, but hoped the deal would come "this week" while the Scottish government said "no agreement was reached".

Does that mean Christmas was saved?

It seems so.

But even if families are allowed to gather during the holiday season, experts warn that this could lead to tighter restrictions once the turkey is finally ready.

Why are stricter restrictions required?

Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said any relaxation of restrictions will lead to an increase in infection rates.

Sir David, statistician and chairman of the Winton Center for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge, also warned that interest rates take longer to fall than they rise.

He told Times Radio, “If there has to be an exception, it will be over Christmas for a short time, and that's because it's Christmas.

"There will be a price to pay for it, obviously you loosen the restrictions and the infection rates go up, you limit yourself and the infection rates will go down if they go down right now."

“It's not a symmetrical thing, you don't have a day off or on.

"It rises a lot faster than it gets better – it's not a symmetrical process."

Will it be a long, dark January then?

Not so fast.

Calum Semple, professor of child health and outbreak medicine at Liverpool University, said some restrictions may be required after the holiday season, but they may not have to be "draconian".

Lecture on Skys Sophy Ridge Sunday, Prof. Semple, member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), agreed to estimates that each day of relaxation would require five days of tighter restrictions.

But he added, "I think the round is correct, but it shouldn't be seen that it will be draconian restrictions, it will just extend restrictions and higher level restrictions on some areas."

Three-quarters of hotel businesses could be brought to their knees with a spate of lost jobs as Boris Johnson TODAY reveals the lockdown of "Tiers" with pubs and restaurants that reopened "on behalf of" – but gyms and – after December 2nd TODAY Christmas shopping is back in business

Boris Johnson will unveil the lockdown measures he hopes will finally overcome the coronavirus crisis today – after another dramatic vaccine breakthrough.

In a Commons statement this afternoon, the Prime Minister will confirm that the second national lockdown will be completed in England on December 2nd, with a return to the previously applicable regional approach.

But while there is a break for Christmas shopping as retail stores and gyms reopen and the potential for small family get-togethers during the festive season, pubs and restaurants will pay the price with "devastating" restrictions.

It comes after AstraZeneca and Oxford University announced that their vaccine is 90 percent effective, can be safely stored in a standard refrigerator, and costs just £ 2 per dose, which is another huge boost in the fight against Covid-19. Success in initial studies suggests that tens of millions of cans will be available in the UK by Easter.

Despite recent bullish signs, there are warnings that the ongoing restrictions could bring thousands of businesses to the wall as the hated 10 p.m. pubs curfew is set to be eased.

UK hospitality manager Kate Nicholls said the prime minister had proposed a "on behalf only" reopening that felt "very unfair". "We fear that 75 percent of our businesses with these restrictions, which go beyond December, will no longer be viable if we don't get further help from the government," she told Sky News.

She added, "We're looking at millions of jobs not just in the hospitality industry, but also in our wider supply chain."

In one round of interviews, Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted it was a "calibrated" approach that would "save lives" and said, along with groundbreaking news about the Oxford vaccine, that there is now a "way through" that Misery there.

Mr Johnson is also on the verge of signing a UK Christmas deal with Scotsman Nicola Sturgeon and other decentralized executives that will allow families to see some friends and loved ones. This plan could be completed as early as tomorrow.

The breakdown of the areas divided into the different levels will be announced on Thursday.

On one of the biggest days in the coronavirus saga:

  • Ministers propose an extensive testing scheme to avoid the need for self-isolation when people have come into contact with infected individuals in order to win over rebels on the conservative backbenches.
  • Tory rebel ringleader Steve Baker tHis morning said he was "reassured" by the government's new plan.
  • Rishi Sunak is preparing billions of pounds more for infrastructure, NHS and defense in what looks like an ultimate waste as the coronavirus crisis pounds public finances.
  • The prestigious IFS think tank has suggested that tax hikes may not happen until 2025 after the next elections.
  • Ms. Sturgeon has announced that despite the idea of ​​looser rules for Christmas, there will be no relaxation of the New Years and Hogmanay restrictions.
Matt Hancock

British hospitality manager Kate Nicholls said it was reopening "on behalf only" and "very unfair".

In one round of interviews today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock (left) insisted it was a "calibrated" approach that would "save lives" and said there is now a "way through" misery. British hospitality boss Kate Nicholls (right) said it was reopening "on behalf only" and "very unfair".

Oxford Jab & # 39; up to 90% effective & # 39; and UK has 100m cans to order

Oxford University / AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is 90 percent effective, can be safely stored in a standard refrigerator, and costs just £ 2 per dose, which is another huge boost in the fight against Covid-19. These are preliminary results today.

The studies found that the sting had a nine in ten chance of working when given as a half dose first and a full dose a month later. This drops to 62 percent when someone is given two full doses a month apart.

The combined analysis of both dosage regimens found an average effectiveness of 70.4 percent, according to Oxford University / AstraZeneca.

The lifesaving bump, which costs between £ 2 and £ 4, is seen as the UK's best chance for mass vaccination of the population by the end of spring, as Boris Johnson has ordered 100 million doses.

The Prime Minister tweeted today: “Incredibly exciting news, the Oxford vaccine has been shown to be so effective in studies. There are more security checks pending, but these are fantastic results. Well done to our brilliant scientists at @UniofOxford & @AstraZeneca and to everyone who volunteered for the trials.

Vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna in the US have 95 percent protection – but both must be stored between minus 75 ° C and minus 20 ° C and are up to £ 24 more expensive per batch.

Oxford University / AstraZeneca announced today that they have not identified any serious Covid-19 cases among 20,000 people who have received the sting in the UK and Brazil and who, with regulatory approval, can start managing by the end of 2020.

Scientists have also welcomed the discovery that half a dose for the first burst increases effectiveness. It means more people can be vaccinated because the vaccine will go on.

Government sources said last night that after the UK lockdown ended on December 2nd, non-essential stores across the country will be allowed to reopen in hopes that retailers can save some of their vital Christmas trade.

Gyms can be reopened on all levels and outdoor sports can be resumed.

According to the plan signed by Cabinet last night, most of the country will be in the top two levels, where the hospitality sector will remain severely restricted.

Sources said "most people" would be classified into levels two and three, where all indoor socializing with other households would be banned – possibly by spring.

Top tier hospitality companies are only allowed to offer takeaways, while second tier alcohol is likely to be allowed only with "large meals".

Prior to a Commons statement from Mr Johnson, Mr Hancock said the number of cases was starting to decline.

"It is very clear that keeping the virus under control and getting the R below 1 saves lives because we can see that when the virus gets out of hand, the number of hospitalizations increases and, unfortunately, the number of people dying "he told Times Radio.

“But the new levels are calibrated to have as little impact as is reasonably possible on our lives and the economy.

& # 39; Opening retail would be very positive for the economy and we expect to keep R below 1 and the number of cases will go down.

"So it's a more calibrated approach to the levels so that they can be more closely aligned with what's going on in your area."

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, warned, among other things, that many hospitality businesses would not survive a tightened system of graduated controls in England.

“I'm worried about what I'm hearing this morning. It seems that a tightened Tier 3 could be devastating for the hotel industry and hit cities and the urban economy very, very hard, ”he told BBC Radio 4 Today.

“You seem to be going too far before Christmas to allow too much over Christmas and that will result in a huge loss to hospitality businesses, which I think is too high a price to pay.

& # 39; Closing all hospitality businesses in Tier 3 areas – that will be large parts of the north – will be devastating for many of those businesses. You won't survive this. & # 39;

Ms. Nicholls said the news was "far worse than anyone expected". She said, 'This is a cruel decision and it just feels like the entire sector is being handed over to the wolves.

“If the levels had stayed the same through March, we would have expected 94 percent of companies in tier 3 and 74 percent of companies in tier 2 to go to the wall. Now we have limitations that are even worse.

“We make 25 percent of our profits before Christmas and the government is taking that away.

& # 39; This will have a catastrophic impact on a large number of companies and all jobs that have been on leave will be lost. They speak of the prospect of a million job losses and 30-40,000 premises closing their doors for good. & # 39;

MailOnline spoke to landlords who were calling for looser restrictions to breathe life back into the highly competitive UK hospitality industry.

A special blow is expected to be inflicted on the wet-run pubs that are forced to serve food on the top two levels when they are about to open.

Gary Murphy, landlord of the Ye Olde Miter Inn in High Barnet, London, told MailOnline that 97 percent of his profits come from drinks sales – but he will be trying to adjust to the new measures "desperately" because the pub does has burned money to the extent that he has not paid his wages since March.

He said, “I only have a tiny kitchen and most of the customers come here to drink, not to eat. It's changing my entire beverage-reliant business. & # 39;

"I haven't made any money since March": pub bosses warn of a catastrophe below new levels

Ministers were warned that imposing severe restrictions on pubs and restaurants over the next month for thousands of venues would be the "final nail in the coffin" and spark a job bloodbath.

MailOnline spoke to landlords who were calling for looser restrictions to breathe life back into the highly competitive UK hospitality industry.

A special blow is expected to be inflicted on the wet-run pubs that are forced to serve food on the top two levels when they are about to open.

Gary Murphy, landlord of the Ye Olde Miter Inn in High Barnet, London, told MailOnline that 97 percent of his profits come from drinks sales – but he will be trying to adjust to the new measures "desperately" because the pub does has burned money to the extent that he has not paid his wages since March.

He said, “I only have a tiny kitchen and most of the customers come here to drink, not to eat. It's changing my entire beverage-reliant business. & # 39;

Mr Murphy said the pub was operating at a loss but he is still struggling with high rental costs of over £ 2,000 a week and high overheads.

“I haven't taken any money personally since March. I lived on my savings and my wife works too.

“The pub has caused a loss and now we face the prospect of having to open with food. Out of sheer desperation, I will try to open them because I have to do something to get out of this dire situation.

Peter Tiley, landlord of the Salutation Inn in Gloucestershire, former National Pub of the Year winner, said he couldn't open if he were forced to serve a meal.

Mr Murphy said the pub was operating at a loss but he is still struggling with high rental costs of over £ 2,000 a week and high overheads.

“I haven't taken any money personally since March. I lived on my savings and my wife works too.

“The pub has caused a loss and now we face the prospect of having to open with food. Out of sheer desperation, I will try to open them because I have to do something to get out of this dire situation.

Peter Tiley, landlord of the Salutation Inn in Gloucestershire, former National Pub of the Year winner, said he couldn't open if he were forced to serve a meal.

He said to MailOnline: “I am disappointed. I think it's a real slap in the face for wet-run pubs in the community. None of my pubs serve food and they are purposely designed so that people can come for a conversation without feeling like they are imposing something on a restaurant. & # 39;

Mr Tiley said pubs have been "sacrificial lambs" throughout the pandemic and are desperate to open in order to regain some revenue in the important winter trading window.

He said he had invested thousands of pounds in Covid to protect the pub and buy outdoor gear so customers can sit outside.

"I don't know how long it can be," he said.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday admitted that Christmas "will not be normal," but said ministers wanted to give families a break without risking a third wave of the virus.

Proposals believed to have been signed by all four home countries would allow up to three households to gather for Christmas, provided they don't meet with anyone else during that time.

The period is five days and begins on Christmas Eve and lasts until the bank holiday on December 28th.

Travel and overnight stays are permitted across the UK to allow friends and families to reunite over the Christmas break. But there will be no relaxation of the rules for the New Year.

At her daily briefing in Edinburgh this afternoon, Ms. Sturgeon said it was "likely" that large budget bubbles would be allowed over Christmas.

Decisions to relax restrictions during the holiday season are "a particularly difficult balance" and have divided public opinion, she said.

Ms. Sturgeon added: “Reducing the spread of the virus also allows us to have a light and careful – and I want to emphasize these words today – light and careful – relaxation of the rules for a few days over the festive period.

“There is an obvious desire to see loved ones for Christmas. I think we all feel that very strongly.

“There is also great concern about the potential risks involved, especially at a time when we may see the end of this pandemic on the horizon.

“We are doing our best to strike a reasonable balance, although it is possible – probably even – that some households may bubble with one another for a short time over Christmas.

"We think about it because we realize that isolation and loneliness can hit people particularly hard during the Christmas season."

Ms. Sturgeon said there is a realization that – given the nature of Christmas and the pressures people might have to spend time with family members who might be alone during the period – some might try to push the boundaries of the restrictions.

She said instead of allowing this to be "uncontrolled", the Scottish government is trying to build flexibility during the holidays.

Public Health England warned last week that five days of stricter restrictions would be required for each day of relaxation over Christmas. But the Chancellor downplayed the warning, saying it was "difficult to be that specific".

Police chiefs warned last week that they were not interested in enforcing the rules for family gatherings for Christmas. Government sources said the prime minister will urge people to show "common sense" to ensure that the Christmas chill doesn't spark a rebound in some cases.

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