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Covid Lockdown England: Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty information is different


How does the government decide which levels areas are divided into?

Boris Johnson promised to base animal allocation on "common sense" and the government's "winter plan" included a number of metrics that should be used. You are:

  • Case detection rates in all age groups;
  • Case detection rates in the over 60s;
  • The rate at which falls rise or fall;
  • Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests performed); and
  • Pressures on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy.

However, there are no specific numerical trigger points, and the document added that there will "be some flexibility to trade these indicators against each other depending on the context".

"For example, the hospital capacity in a given area needs to be considered in the light of the capacity in neighboring areas and the feasibility of moving patients," the document says.

"The detection rates of cases need to be weighed as to whether the spread of the virus appears to be restricted to particular communities."

Boris Johnson asked people tonight to board with new levels of coronavirus and insist that there is an escape route for areas at higher levels – just for medical chief Chris Whitty, who immediately warns that Tier 1 is one vain hope is.

At a press conference on Downing Street, the prime minister insisted that the system was less "intrusive" than the blanket lockdown, which is due to be replaced from December 2nd.

He stressed that there is a mechanism for areas that manage to lower their infection rates to loosen the curbs. "Your stage is not your destiny, every area has ways to escape," said Mr Johnson.

However, Professor Whitty immediately took on a completely different tone, suggesting that there is little chance someone will descend to Tier 1, as the restrictions are so lax that cases inevitably arise. He said it was only possible for places that currently have extremely low fall rates.

The chief medical officer also said that adjustments to the levels would only be "mainly" down.

Tory MP Mark Harper took advantage of the contradiction and tweeted, "That rather suggests that if you're in Tier 2, at least until spring, it's your fate."

According to grants announced today, only 700,000 people – one percent of the population – are subject to the slightest restrictions. As of November 5, 29 million were in the lowest tier.

Meanwhile, around 55 million residents will find themselves on the toughest two levels after the blanket national lockdown ends on December 2nd.

It has sparked a huge backlash, with anger over the lack of set thresholds for entering and exiting Tiers and many local MPs in areas with low infection angry at being mixed up with nearby hotspots. The government has released a narrative explanation of why each area falls within each tier, but has rejected calls to use numeric trigger points.

A crowd of high-ranking Tories have threatened to rebel in a narrow vote on the plans next week.

In more bad news, Prof. Whitty warned people not to hug and kiss vulnerable relatives for Christmas.

According to the plans presented on Monday, the “Christmas bubbles” with three households do not have to distance themselves socially between December 23 and 27 so that family celebrations can take place unhindered.

Asked at today's press conference about the risks involved, Prof. Whitty said, “Would I want someone to see their family? That's what Christmas is about, of course … but would I encourage someone to hug and kiss their elderly relatives? No, I wouldn't. & # 39;

In an overt attempt to prove that England's original three-tier system wasn't tough enough to contain Covid, Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick drew up charts showing how deaths and hospital admissions continued until a few weeks after the national lockdown was enforced on Jan. November continued to increase.

However, they only looked at the national picture and ignored portions of the government's own data showing that the original Tier 3 had already helped ease pressure on NHS hospitals in the northwest before blanket intervention was enforced. And the couple also insisted that No10's original system didn't fight the outbreak, pointing to a chart that showed how the restrictions were only slowing the spread of the disease.

Labor shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth called on the government to publish a "scorecard" showing exactly how each area was measured.

Carl Heneghan of Oxford University, professor of evidence-based medicine and epidemiologist, told MailOnline without "clear, objective criteria" that people would be confused and less likely to do what the government wants them to do.

Matt Hancock was quickly forced to make an admission that allocations would be revised weekly after December 16, rather than bi-weekly as expected. Meanwhile, Downing Street insisted that economic impact assessments be published before the Commons reached their judgment.

Although London and Liverpool were spared the toughest level 3, it is being used for much of the country, including most of the north, much of the Midlands, all of Kent and Bristol – and clubs are now bringing a wrecking ball through pubs, restaurants and restaurants forced to close except for take away.

Only Cornwall, Scilly and the Isle of Wight were included in the loosest Level 1, which allows socializing in houses and pubs subject to the rule of six.

As a result, most of England will be banned from mixing with other households indoors, except for five days over Christmas. Tier 2 pubs can only serve alcohol with "large" meals.

Labor is unlikely to oppose the measures, which means they will almost certainly be carried out – but a major mutiny would be another major blow to Mr Johnson's authority.

Chris Whitty

Boris Johnson asked people tonight to board new tiers and insist that there is an escape route for areas at higher levels – only for medical chief Chris Whitty, who immediately warns that Tier 1 is a futile hope is

Boris Johnson (left) is out of self-isolation and was in the House of Commons today for Matt Hancock's (right) statement. The Prime Minister will hold a press conference tonight

Boris Johnson (left) is out of self-isolation and was in the House of Commons today for Matt Hancock's (right) statement. The Prime Minister will hold a press conference tonight

"Stay away from Grandma this Christmas," warns Whitty

Chief medical professor Chris Whitty urged people to stay away from vulnerable relatives like their grandparents for Christmas, even as social distancing rules are relaxed.

The chief medical officer warned those who tried to hug and kiss relatives during the Christmas season, after possibly many months of separation.

According to the plans presented on Monday, the Christmas bubbles with three households do not have to distance themselves socially between December 23 and 27 so that family celebrations can take place.

Asked at today's press conference about the risks involved, Prof. Whitty said, “Would I want someone to see their family? That is of course what Christmas is about, whether people celebrate Christmas as a celebration for themselves or from another belief system, it is an opportunity for families.

“But would I encourage someone to hug and kiss their elderly relatives? No I wouldn't.

“It's not against the law and that's the whole point. You can do this within the rules that apply there, but it doesn't make sense as you may be carrying the virus.

“And if you have an elderly relative, this would not be what you would want to do at a time where we are running to a point where we may actually be able to protect the elderly.

“I think people just have to make sense and I think that's exactly what I think people are going to do.

"The fact that you can do something – this is true in so many other areas of life – doesn't mean you should."

Senior Scientific Advisor Patrick Vallance added, “I think hugging elderly loved ones is not something that can be done, it will increase the spread to vulnerable populations …

And Prof. Whitty finished his sentence and added: "… who wants to survive to be hugged again."

Speaking at the # 10 press conference tonight, Mr Johnson, who had emerged from self-isolation earlier today, said he was "sorry" about the effects of the measures.

But he said, "If we let up now, we risk losing control of this virus again, tossing aside our hard-won gains and sliding ourselves back into a national New Year's lockdown with all the damage that would mean" he said.

“I know this is going to bring a lot of heartache and frustration, especially for our vital hospitality industry.

“I really wish it were different, but if we are to keep schools open as we have to, then our ability to fight the disease is necessarily limited.

"There is no doubt that the restrictions are strict at all levels and I am sorry."

Mr Johnson said, “While the previous stages slowed the spread of the virus, they were never enough to keep the disease reproductive rate, the R-rate, below 1 and kept there. So the areas did not escape the level they were in.

& # 39; Our new approach aims to reduce R below 1 and open up a path to areas to move the scale down once the situation improves.

"And crucially, we now have the means to expedite this moment of escape by having quick community testing allowing anyone with the disease, including those without symptoms, to isolate and thereby reduce the R."

But Prof. Whitty and Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance quickly poured cold water on the optimistic message.

Prof. Whitty said even under the new tier system, Tier 1 would lead to an increase in infections.

He said, “Tier 1, which is very similar to the previous Tier 1, slowed things down but didn't stop the ascent anywhere.

& # 39; The reason Tier 1 is relatively limited at this time of year with the current actions we currently have before we get vaccines is almost certainly that wherever Tier 1 is introduced, it will rise and the only places there are places with very low prices at the moment. & # 39;

Sir Patrick said the previous animal system failed to sufficiently reduce the rate of infection.

Speaking at a press conference on Downing Street, he said, “The message is that the levels worked on the slowdown but not on the flattening and reversing.

"The national lockdown looks like it flattened it and sent it down, and it's important we lower it because the numbers stay high."

Sir Patrick said one in 85 people in the country currently has coronavirus, numbers he described as "very high".

There was anger in Kent today after it was placed under Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions. Rural parts of the country said they were wrongly locked in by spiraling falls in urban centers.

The county has a total infection rate of 260.6 cases per 100,000 people for the week ending November 20. This, according to the latest data from the Department of Health, makes it one of the third most infected areas in England.

Government ridiculed for animal postcode checker farce after online tool crashes

This is the landing page when trying to check the Coronavirus level in your area of ​​England

This is the landing page when trying to check the Coronavirus level in your area of ​​England

The government was outright ridiculed for being forced to drop its rank Zip code verification tool that crashed just minutes after launch.

Those who entered their addresses on the website this morning were told, “Sorry, we are having technical difficulties. Please try again in a few moments. & # 39;

Others received a different message: “We are having technical difficulties. Please try again later. Coronavirus information can be found on Gov.UK. & # 39;

The checker hit the website just after 11 a.m., about half an hour before Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed the details at the House of Commons.

It has now been replaced with a neat list of every region in England and what alert level it will be placed on when the national lockdown ends on December 2nd.

Alistair Carmichael, MP for Lib Dem, told MailOnline, "You may now have to wait for Jacob Rees Mogg and his quill to write a bulletin with copper plates to be posted on the gates of Downing Street."

Jake Madders, director of Hyve Managed Hosting, which specializes in hosting websites, added, “It seems to me that they didn't load it and they just caught it live. You need to test something like this and simulate the traffic in advance. & # 39;

He added, 'It's insane. Who are your suppliers? We could do it for you if you wanted to. & # 39;

However, they vary dramatically between counties, with rural Ashford having the lowest scores at 120 per 100,000, almost four times less than Swale – including Faversham and the Isle of Sheppey – at 541.7 per 100,000.

Swale made headlines this week after it recorded the highest number of Covid-19 infections in the UK, although this has been gradually decreasing since then, government statistics show. Up to eight of Kent's twelve counties have seen their Covid-19 case numbers drop.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green, who represents Ashford, said he was "extremely disappointed" with the government's decision to push Kent into Stage Three and said its full analysis should be made public.

And North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale said he feared this would mean people would skip the line and go to the pub in the neighboring Tier Two areas. But Swale's council chairman Roger Truelove said he agreed to the statewide restrictions and said we were "all together".

As anger over the new regulations grew, a MP from the Northeast told MailOnline that Health Secretary Helen Whately was "monstrous" in a conference call with politicians from the region this afternoon.

She apparently made an instant mistake by misclassifying the current rating.

"She's been having a tough ride," said the Labor MP. She started by saying, "You are now in Tier 3." Everyone said, "No, we are not".

Ms. Whately reportedly advised the bipartisan group that they would "likely" be in Tier 3 by January, despite the prospect of three roster reviews by then.

"The Tories weren't happy at all," said the MP. "One said to her" "How do we get out of there then?" "She was a monster."

The chairman of the influential Tory Committee of 1922, Sir Graham Brady, said he would vote against the lockdown system next week.

Altrincham and Sale MPs accused the government of being "unreasonable" and of failing to assess the situation in certain areas.

He said decisions would be made "on a nationwide basis where it is not warranted" rather than "looking at actual local data and facts".

Sir Graham told BBC Radio 4's World at One, "I think when we look at the experiences of places like Greater Manchester in particular … I think there is a limit to what can reasonably be expected for communities to absorb . "

He added: “I will vote against.

“I have serious reservations on so many different levels.

“I think politics was way too authoritarian.

"I think they interfered in people's private and private lives in an unacceptable way."

Another Kent MP, Sir Roger Gale, warned people that they would only cross the border to go to a pub in neighboring Tier 2 areas.

He told Sky News: & # 39; The aim of the exercise was to put in place a system that the public will accept.

“We know it's high in Thanet, it's not that high in Ashford (in terms of infection rates).

WHAT IS THE JOINT BIOSECURITY CENTER?

The Joint Biosecurity Center, which was set up in May for £ 9 billion, was rated as "far too opaque".

Little is known about the secret agency being released from the cabinet office where Dominic Cummings' ally and former chief Michael Gove is the minister in charge.

The staff consists of senior chiefs from the Department of Health, epidemiologists and data analysts. However, the structure and details of whether experts are paid by the government were not disclosed.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

The JBC was originally tasked with monitoring Covid-19 and helping the country's chief medical officers determine the threat level.

However, in July, Matt Hancock was given more responsibility when he downgraded the SAGE scientific advisory board from number 10 after criticizing his response to the first wave.

However, data from all government health and science agencies are to be fed into the JBC, which will then recommend number 10 action.

However, in order to be implemented, the measures must be signed by the Prime Minister. This includes lockdown restrictions and the new revised tiered system.

Every two weeks the JBC will evaluate the situation in Covid across England and decide whether places need to be updated or downgraded.

However, there are no specific trigger thresholds for entering or exiting levels. And there will be "flexibility to weigh these indicators against each other depending on the context".

WHO IS RUNNING THE JBC?

The JBC is headed by Dr. Clare Gardiner, a qualified epidemiologist, medical researcher and director of cybersecurity at GCHQ.

She reports to Baroness Dido Harding, head of NHS Test and Trace, and the entire JBC organization is under the control of the Department of Health, which replies to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

“Will you be happy with that? No, they aren't and what will of course happen is people are jumping the line or trying to jump the line to go to a pub or restaurant that may be open if it's one in tier 2 or in is tier 1 pretty close.

"That's the last thing we want."

Steve Baker, the leader of the Tory rebels, warned that the government must explain how to balance economic damage with public health.

“The authoritarianism at work today is really appalling. But is it necessary and proportionate to the threat posed by this disease? & # 39; he tweeted.

"In terms of the economy and the coronavirus, my fear is that we are so far down the rabbit hole now that we have forgotten we even stepped into it."

Former Minister Sir Robert Syms said: “I told the Minister of Health that both urban and rural Dorset are bitterly disappointed to be in Tier 2.

"I'm not happy this could last until next April, so I'll probably vote against next Tuesday."

Conservative MP for Bournemouth East Tobias Ellwood said he was unhappy with the city's Tier 2 rating, adding that he would vote against the government because of the restrictions.

He tweeted, “With only 160 cases per 100,000, I'm confused that we're placed in this category, which will create more trouble for our hospitality industry. I will NOT support the government's motion to introduce it next week. & # 39;

Bournemouth MP Conor Burns also questioned the basis for the decision: “I am very disappointed that Bournemouth has been rated Tier 2 and I don't see how this is justified by any robust evidence or model …

"To maintain public trust, the basis of the modeling on which decisions are made must be made public."

Damian Green, Ashford Conservative MP and former Cabinet Secretary, tweeted: “I am very disappointed that all of Kent has been rated Tier 3. Before lockdown we were in tier 1. What did lockdown achieve? We need to publish the full analysis. & # 39;

Health Secretary Matt Hancock officially revealed the division of land in the Commons after days of the dispute, saying the country must remain "vigilant".

He also defended the criteria used for complaints that they were too vague and "fingers in the air".

And he immediately signaled a withdrawal on the fortnightly reviews, suggesting that the levels could indeed be reconsidered weekly.

In the midst of shambolic scenes, the government had set an online postcode checker live before the declaration.

While local residents, journalists and MPs struggled to collect the news about the decisions made, the site immediately crashed under the weight of the traffic.

Tier 3 means that millions of people are banned from mixing indoor and outdoor households, and pubs can only offer take-away service or have to close entirely.

The revised Tier 2 restrictions close pubs unless they serve meals and order people not to meet other households indoors.

How many people are in each level?

Tier 1: 713,573 (1.27% of population)

Tier 2: 32,226,170 (57.25% of the population)

Tier 3: 23,347,218 (41.48% of the population)

About 23 million people will be in this category as of next Wednesday, and 32 million are in Tier 2.

London was spared after data showed the coronavirus was rapidly falling off in more than two-thirds of the boroughs – and seemingly stalling in the rest.

Liverpool have also run a successful campaign to control their outbreak after mass testing in the city.

Mr Hancock noted that despite having some of the lowest infection rates, his own Suffolk constituency is ranked Tier 2.

In a nod to Anger on the Tory Benches, he said he knew that many other places would prefer to be in the bottom bracket.

And he rejected the criticism that there are no specific thresholds for dividing areas into levels.

Mr Hancock told MPs, “The indicators are designed to give the government a picture of what is happening to the virus in each area so that appropriate action can be taken.

“These key indicators need to be looked at in the context of how they interact with each other and in the wider context, but they provide an important framework for decision-making – assessing the underlying prevalence as well as changing the spread of the disease in specific areas.

"Given these sensitivities, it is not possible to set rigid thresholds for these indicators."

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth called on the government to publish a "scorecard" showing exactly how each area was measured against its criteria for deciding on levels.

In the House of Commons, Conservative MP Greg Smith said he was "incredibly disappointed" that his Buckingham constituency was rated Tier 2.

He said it was a decision that will be difficult to understand in the rural communities of north Buckinghamshire with relatively low infection rates, and a decision that will be difficult to understand as there has been no consultation between the central government and Buckinghamshire Council our local NHS. & # 39;

Tory MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy urged the government to review the situation every week rather than every two weeks.

Mr. Hancock seemed to admit that this should be done.

"We'll be checking these in a fortnight and then regularly, which will allow him to reasonably take it weekly," he said.

"And we're going to have a weekly cycle of meetings with the GMO, who usually chair a meeting on a Tuesday. I then chair the meeting on a Wednesday to get an announcement on Thursday of a change in levels."

Mr Hancock also admitted that tiers might be more local in the future – like this time in Slough.

& # 39; We are ready to make these decisions at the sub-government level. It's the exception rather than the norm, but we'll check it out every week, ”he said.

Downing Street denied that economic factors had played a role in the decision-making and insisted that London should not be given a particular exception to the strictest restrictions.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said in a Westminster briefing: “We have set the levels based on the criteria we have established.

New Coronavirus Levels: Which One Is Your Home In?

ANIMAL THREE: VERY HIGH

Northeast

Tees Valley Combined Authority:

Hartlepool

Middlesbrough

Stockton-on-Teas

Redcar and Cleveland

Darlington

Northeast Combined Authority:

Sunderland

South Tyneside

Gateshead

Newcastle upon Tyne

North Tyneside

County Durham

Northumberland

northwest

Greater Manchester

Lancashire

Blackpool

Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire and The Humber

The Humber

West Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

West Midlands

Birmingham and Black Land

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

East Midlands

Derby and Derbyshire

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Leicester and Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

South east

Slough (Rest of Berkshire is Tier 2: High Alert)

Kent and Medway

southwest

Bristol

South Gloucestershire

North Somerset

TIER 2: HIGH

northwest

Cumbria

Liverpool City Region

Warrington and Cheshire

Yorkshire

York

North Yorkshire

West Midlands

Worcestershire

Herefordshire

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

East Midlands

Rutland

Northamptonshire

East of England

Suffolk

Hertfordshire

Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough

Norfolk

Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea

Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

London

All 32 boroughs plus the City of London

South east

East Sussex

West Sussex

Brighton and Hove

Surrey

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Wokingham

Bracknell Forest

Windsor and Maidenhead

West Berkshire

Hampshire (excluding the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton

Buckinghamshire

Oxfordshire

southwest

South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor

Bath and North East Somerset

Dorset

Bournemouth

Christchurch

Poole

Gloucestershire

Wiltshire and Swindon

Devon

TIER 1: MEDIUM

South east

Isle of Wight

southwest

Cornwall

Isles of Scilly

"We have been clear about the criteria on which the tiering system is based and you have the WMS (Ministerial Written Declaration) which explains the rationale for each area."

The narrator was also asked why some areas that were previously in Tier 1 are now in Tier 3.

He said, “We have seen transmission rates rise and fall at different times in different areas throughout the pandemic.

& # 39; Obviously, we put in place the pre-national lockdown levels, which has played a role in containing the transmission rates and R-rate of the virus.

“And then recently we saw data reflecting the effects of the national lockdown. As always, we will continue to review all data. & # 39;

North of Tyne, Mayor-elect Jamie Driscoll voted that businesses need more information to help them plan.

"To survive for companies through January and February means acting before Christmas," he said.

“I have asked the government to provide clear criteria on how we can exit a step into a lower level of restrictions.

& # 39; How many cases, which R number, how much capacity do we need in our NHS to be able to reopen the hospitality industry?

& # 39; Vague criteria are not enough to help companies plan.

"You need to know now."

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham criticized the lack of business support for Tier 3 areas and said he wanted the region to move down before Christmas if it made further progress.

He said: “The infection rate in Greater Manchester is falling faster than any other part of the country, but we have to accept that it is still well above the UK average.

"If the current rate of improvement continues, we will urge the government to move our urban area to Tier 2 in two weeks."

“What we think is totally wrong is the government's decision not to provide additional business support to Tier 3 areas than Tier 1 and 2 areas.

& # 39; The new Tier 3 will hit the hospitality sector extremely hard. While there are grants for businesses that are forced to close, there is no additional support for businesses that provide them such as security, catering, and cleaning.

"This will create real trouble for people whose jobs will be affected and risk the loss of many businesses."

West Midlands Conservative Mayor Andy Street tweeted: “Tier 3 for the World Cup is very disappointing, but we need to focus now on getting out as soon as possible.

“The trajectory is good and our stay should be short-lived if people stick to the rules.

"However, more support is needed in T3, particularly in the hospitality industry and live events."

Sheffield Mayor Dan Jarvis warned that "lockdown must not be suspended".

Mr Jarvis, who is also a Labor MP for Barnsley Central, said: “I applaud the government's plans to revise our tiered arrangements every two weeks, as every additional day we are restricted will make the difference between a company doing the A pandemic survives or goes under.

"Now it's important that we get a roadmap to get out of Tier 3 urgently."

He said: “We need absolute clarity and coherence from the government regarding the criteria for areas that move between levels. We need an appropriate test and trace system and clear communication

At the end of the tunnel there is light. In South Yorkshire, the rate of new infections and especially the number of elderly people hospitalized with the virus is moving in the right direction.

& # 39; As of October 24th, we've had tighter restrictions in South Yorkshire and they're slowly suffocating businesses, especially in the hospitality and events sectors. They are being met again now, just as they begin their busiest time of year. & # 39;

Mr Jarvis added, "It is deeply worrying that the government has again excluded mayors and local leaders from the decision-making process related to the new tiering regime."

The decision to save London from Tier 3 will be a relief for many in the hospitality industry who can reopen with restrictions when the current national lockdown ends on December 2nd.

But Matt Hancock told the Commons this afternoon that the capital was more likely to head the other way, saying, "There is a lot to be done in London to keep it at Tier 2." Mr. Hancock has given all of neighboring Kent a Tier 3 rating.

The capital's top restaurateurs and hoteliers had warned that ranking the capital in Tier 3 would wipe out half of the city's hospitality industry and set off a “nuclear bomb” of job losses after Christmas.

Lead restaurateur Richard Caring, who owns chains like The Ivy and Bill & # 39; s, said he was "very glad" that London was in Tier 2, but if it had been in Tier 3 we "might as well have that Being able to turn off the light ". He told MailOnline: & # 39; These so-called politicians are only advised by scientists and not by commercial reality. They destroy people faster than this virus. & # 39;

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was the "right decision" because "Londoners have done exactly what has been asked of them since this pandemic began" – but condemned the government for continuing a curfew on Pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

But he added, “I am extremely disappointed that the government is sticking to specific measures that appear to be doing more harm than good.

“I'm glad we persuaded the government to end the 10pm curfew, but it is a mistake to extend it to 11pm when it is about to be lifted completely.

"It's a big blow to pubs, bars and restaurants that have had such a difficult year and deserve better."

David Mellen, chairman of Nottingham City Council, said the Tier 3 restrictions in the city were a "bitter blow".

He said: "It is a bitter blow to the people of Nottingham who have done the right thing, followed the rules and brought the rate of Covid infections from the highest in the country to below the national average."

“We were hoping that would have meant we wouldn't get into Tier 3 and the extra restrictions that come with that would have been placed on locals and struggling local businesses.

"We will need the government to continue to support companies – especially the hospitality industry, where they are particularly badly affected – so that they can get through this, as the amounts offered so far are insufficient."

“However, we must of course accept that these are the new rules we must adhere to, and given the valiant efforts on the ground over the past few weeks, I have no doubt that we can continue to lower infection rates and leave Tier 3 and enter tier 2 very soon.

"The tiers are checked every 14 days, so there must be hope that we can get into tier 2 before Christmas."

Mr Johnson looked happy to be out of self-isolation when he waved to the photographer on Downing Street today

Mr Johnson looked happy to be out of self-isolation when he waved to the photographer on Downing Street today

The government's narrative explanations for animal assignments

Critics say there should be certain numerical thresholds for people to have clarity

The announcement on Tiers was accompanied by narrative explanations of why each area was classified – but critics say there should be certain numerical thresholds for people to have clarity

Coronavirus cases have declined in two-thirds of all London boroughs, and the city will enter Tier 2 from December 2nd

Steve Baker tweeted today

Sir Robert Syms expressed anger

Steve Baker and Sir Robert Syms were among the Tory MPs who resented the draconian restrictions

The Prime Minister wrestled with his mask as he got off his official car as he returned to No10 from the Commons today

The Prime Minister wrestled with his mask as he got off his official car as he returned to No10 from the Commons today

The ONS today created its most recent infection survey, which found the north has some of the highest positive test rates

The ONS today created its most recent infection survey, which found the north has some of the highest positive test rates

Sturgeon ended the United Front by saying that Christmas bubbles should not contain more than eight people

Nicola Sturgeon reached out to Ebeneezer Scrooge today when she told Scots to have & # 39; Christmas Bubbles & # 39; to only eight people – and warned against hugs for grandma.

The Scottish Government released its festive season guidelines today, days after a four-nation approach to Britain was introduced.

It was expected that people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could follow the same rules and cross borders to be with loved ones.

But the Scots said today they would only "recommend" eight adults and teenagers in a three-household bubble – though there is no limit on children under the age of 12.

And it has also been suggested to keep the two-meter rule of social distancing as much as possible, urging the Scots not to hug their loved ones who they may not have seen in weeks and months.

The rules are in contrast to those in England, where the three-household plan has no limits on numbers.

The Lincolnshire County Council chairman has called the county's Tier 3 restrictions "disappointing" and said "it doesn't make sense".

Cllr Martin Hill said: “It is very disappointing that all of Lincolnshire has moved into Tier 3 as infection rates are falling, especially in the few districts that were previously of concern – and this could be crippling for our hospitality industry.

“While our numbers have been high in some districts and lower in others, there is a marked flattening and declining in numbers as lockdown restrictions and the significant efforts of our residents come into effect.

"While some of our districts have infection rates well below the UK average, why should all of Lincolnshire be ranked Tier 3 because of higher rates in some districts – that doesn't make sense?

Previously, Chancellor Rishi Sunak had insisted that people "will see a difference" when England's national lockdown ends next week. He told Sky News today, “No matter what level you are at, I think people will see a noticeable change.

"That said, things are obviously not normal and I can't pretend next week things will feel like they are before spring."

The Prime Minister, who will hold a press conference tonight, told Conservative MPs last night that the new measures would be "very tough".

But he is ready for massive backlash from his own banks amid the anger that the measures are destroying thousands of companies, restricting themselves to another name, and finger-in-the-air criteria for making decisions.

Ministers have tried to ease tension by emphasizing that the levels will be revised every two weeks, with the first due on December 16.

This suggests that restrictions could be eased before the Christmas bubble eases on December 23rd.

A study published yesterday found that the previous Tier One was "clearly inadequate" the last time – only one of the 169 areas previously under these rules saw a decrease in cases.

The tiered system will come into effect at the end of the national lockdown on December 2nd – but the measures go further than the previous regime, meaning that the third tier is effectively a transition to full lockdown.

However, areas where progress is being made in slowing the spread of the virus could be moved down a notch before Christmas. The first review of the allocations should take place by December 16.

The most important decisions on the lockdown levels were made last night at a meeting of the Covid O committee chaired by Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock. They were stamped by the Cabinet before Mr Hancock made a statement to the Commons.

Relief as London moves into Tier 2 – but Hancock warns it is still in danger

London was placed in Tier 2 of Boris Johnson's controversial Covid-19 restrictions today – but Matt Hancock has already warned its 8.9 million residents that he believes the city is dangerously close to moving up to Tier 3.

The decision to bail out Tier 3 capital will be a relief for many in the hospitality industry who can reopen with restrictions when the current national lockdown ends on December 2nd.

Coronavirus cases are rapidly declining in more than two-thirds of London's boroughs – and appear to be stalling in the rest – and critics have called for the Prime Minister to now be transparent about how capital can get into Tier 1 as quickly as possible.

But Matt Hancock told the Commons this afternoon that the capital was more likely to head the other way, saying, "There is a lot to be done in London to keep it at Tier 2." Mr. Hancock has given all of neighboring Kent a Tier 3 rating.

The capital's top restaurateurs and hoteliers had warned that ranking the capital in Tier 3 would wipe out half of the city's hospitality industry and set off a “nuclear bomb” of job losses after Christmas.

Lead restaurateur Richard Caring, who owns chains like The Ivy and Bill & # 39; s, said he was "very glad" that London was in Tier 2, but if it had been in Tier 3 we "might as well have that Being able to turn off the light ". He told MailOnline: & # 39; These so-called politicians are only advised by scientists and not by commercial reality. They destroy people faster than this virus. & # 39;

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was the "right decision" because "Londoners have done exactly what has been asked of them since this pandemic began" – but condemned the government for continuing a curfew on Pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

It comes after Oxford University's foremost academic Carl Heneghan said areas that fall within the strictest Levels 2 and 3 could be in an "entirely different position" next week.

Professor Heneghan, an epidemiologist, said if rates continue to fall, "it will be difficult to justify tighter tiered restrictions".

Instead, there should be clear criteria that determine whether the strictest measures are taken in the areas.

He insisted: "By December 2nd we will be in a completely different position than we are now. Therefore we have to be much more flexible and reactive and set clear criteria."

He told MailOnline, "There's no point telling people," Here you are now (in terms of Covid) and you will be in that category next week. "

“We should explain to people the two important criteria that should decide which areas fall into which levels – symptomatic cases and hospital rates.

“For example, if Kent is announced to be in Tier 3 and 50 percent of Covid patient hospital beds are occupied, people could be told to adjust that to 30 percent to get out of Tier 3. These are objective criteria. & # 39;

His warning came when the UK recorded its highest daily virus death toll since early May.

Official data showed that 696 deaths were confirmed yesterday. This is the highest since 726 deaths on May 5th.

Speaking to a troubled committee of its MPs last night in 1922, the Prime Minister said, “I see we are making steady progress over the next four months. They will really undermine the virus' ability to harm our populations. & # 39;

The economic forecasts submitted by the Treasury Watchdog, the Office for Budgetary Responsibility, assume that the measures “high to medium” – levels 2 and 3 – will be in force by the middle of next year.

But the Prime Minister apparently told his MPs that he disagreed with their "dire prediction" and believed that vaccines would get Britain out of the swamp beforehand.

Mr. Johnson compared the mass test and vaccination programs to the "steady insertion of graphite rods into a nuclear reactor."

Even so, the Tory backbenches remain seriously annoyed with the tier system.

Jake Berry, of the Tory MPs Northern Research Group, said, “We reiterate our call for a clear path out of the tiering system and to make sure the North doesn't get stuck in a lockdown on Hotel California, where we enter Tier Three but can never go. & # 39;

The UK infection profile in mid-September

The UK infection profile in mid-November

These graphs show how the infection profile in the UK changed between mid-September (left) and mid-November

Covid-19 cases have fallen in most of the north of England since the lockdown was imposed, but they are increasing in one corner of the southeast. The percentage change is based on comparing the data for the week ended November 15 with the week ended November 8. The government is preparing to reveal its tiered system

Covid-19 cases have fallen in most of the north of England since the lockdown was imposed, but they are increasing in one corner of the southeast. The percentage change is based on comparing the data for the week ended November 15 with the week ended November 8. The government is preparing to reveal its tiered system

Official data showed that 696 deaths were confirmed yesterday. This is the highest since 726 deaths on May 5th

Official data showed that 696 deaths were confirmed yesterday. This is the highest since 726 deaths on May 5th

What level are YOU in and why? Secrecy dispute as the Ministry of Health refuses to publish the numbers behind the decisions to put all but THREE regions of England in the hardest two brackets

Number 10 released today a breakdown of England's lockdown levels in a desperate attempt to justify the brutal curbs to the public when Boris Johnson announced that all but three locations in the country would be caught in the hardest brackets.

The document, released when it emerged that nearly 99 percent of the population will be locked in some form by the time national intervention ends on December 2nd, gives vague details of why each area has been assigned different restrictions, but not those specify precise thresholds behind the decisions to be made.

It appears to be a direct response to fierce criticism of the government's transparency by academics and their own MPs, who accused ministers of making the crucial decisions that put a wrecking ball on already crippled people in pubs, restaurants and clubs in large parts the nation.

In Tier 3 Manchester, for example, the Ministry of Health's breakdown stated: "While the situation has continuously improved," the infections remain too high, "especially in those over 60". At the end of the statement there is a vague message about the pressure on the local NHS which "continues to be a problem", particularly at the Manchester University Hospital and Pennine Acute Trust.

However, officials insisted that "it is not possible to set rigid thresholds" for the five indicators that are used to assess the areas where more stringent action is needed. This means that the local officials are left in the dark about how to escape the curbs if not told exactly what it takes to meet behind closed doors.

Carl Heneghan of Oxford University, professor of evidence-based medicine and epidemiologist, told MailOnline without "clear, objective criteria". People are often confused about why they are being punished and what behavior they need to adjust to get out of the tougher lock braces.

Amid shambolic scenes that unveiled the highly anticipated ranking this morning, the government's online postcode checker, released ahead of the official statement, crashed after local residents, journalists and MPs scrambled to gather the news about the decisions made . Questions were also asked why the original document published on the government website contained a number of question marks for some of the areas listed.

It complements a catalog of errors by British health authorities who lost almost 16,000 Covid test results in September due to an Excel error by Microsoft and were four months late with the introduction of their Test and Trace app "Weltschlag".

The Joint Biosecurity Center will review the Covid situation in areas every two weeks and sign proposals to upgrade or downgrade locations, with the final decision remaining with the Prime Minister. However, there are no specific trigger thresholds for entering or exiting levels.

Improvements have been noted in Tier Three Leicester according to the breakdown, but Covid-19 infection rates remain "very high" at 355 per 100,000, including 250 in over 60 years. The DoH document adds, "The pressure on the local NHS remains exist very high. & # 39;

Only Cornwall, Scilly and the Isle of Wight were included in the loosest Level 1, which allows socializing in houses and pubs subject to the rule of six.

As a result, most of England – around 55 million people – will be banned from mixing with other households indoors, except for five days over Christmas. Tier 2 pubs can only serve alcohol with "large" meals

Professor Heneghan, who told MailOnline yesterday that the restrictions would be out of date by the time they went into effect next week, said officials "need to be much more flexible and reactive" so that regions can be cleared of economically damaging curbs in a snap Hat, when the outbreak begins, is trending in the right direction.

LONDON

London was placed in Tier 2 of Boris Johnson's controversial Covid-19 restrictions today – but Matt Hancock has already warned that the city is dangerously close to moving up to Tier 3 before Christmas.

The decision to bail out Tier 3 capital will be a relief for many in the hospitality industry who can reopen with restrictions when the current national lockdown ends on December 2nd.

Coronavirus cases are rapidly declining in more than two-thirds of London's boroughs – and appear to be stalling in the rest – and critics have called for the Prime Minister to now be transparent about how capital can get into Tier 1 as quickly as possible.

But Mr Hancock told the Commons this afternoon that it was more likely to move the other way and said, "There is a lot to be done in London to keep it in Tier 2."

The capital's top restaurateurs and hoteliers had warned that ranking the capital in Tier 3 would wipe out half the hotel industry in the city and set off a “nuclear bomb” of job losses after the New Year.

Lead restaurateur Richard Caring, who owns chains like The Ivy and Bill & # 39; s, said he was "very glad" that London was in Tier 2, but if it had been in Tier 3 we "might as well have that Being able to turn off the light ". He told MailOnline: & # 39; These so-called politicians are only advised by scientists and not by commercial reality. They destroy people faster than this virus. & # 39;

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was the "right decision" because "Londoners have done exactly what has been asked of them since this pandemic began" – but condemned the government for continuing a curfew on Pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

But he added, “I am extremely disappointed that the government is sticking to specific measures that appear to be doing more harm than good. I'm glad we persuaded the government to end the 10pm curfew, but it is a mistake to extend it to 11pm when it is about to be lifted completely. It's a big blow to pubs, bars and restaurants that have had such a difficult year and deserve better. "

LIVERPOOL

For Liverpool – formerly the country's Covid hotspot – cases have fallen by 69 percent in six weeks.

However, the region was placed in the second tier because "case rates in over 60s in six lower tier local authorities are very high (over 200 per 100,000)," the document says.

Liverpool have run a successful campaign to control their outbreak after mass testing in the city.

CORNWALL, ISLES OF SCILLY AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, two of three places to be ranked Tier 1, have low case rates and test positivity, and infections are stable or declining at any age, officials said.

"There have been no cases in the Isles of Scilly for the past seven days which means there is strong evidence of a Tier One mapping," he added.

On the Tier One Isle of Wight, the DoH claimed, “The fall rate is low, falling to 71 per 100,000 and in over 60 years to 44 per 100,000. COVID-19 pressures on the NHS are low. & # 39;

Experts have said the government should be ready to start moving places up and down next week after the lockdown ends, as the country "will be in a very different position than it is now".

Professor Heneghan warned the tiers may already be out of date and "unjustified" by the time the national shutdown expires next week as Covid infections drop across the country.

He said "if the trend continues, it will be difficult to justify tighter tiered restrictions" when the lockdown ends on Wednesday.

The expert urged ministers to define exactly what needs to be changed so that high risk areas can be downgraded.

For example, Manchester residents should be told that the region should move to the second tier when they receive their fall rates in the over 60s.

Currently the government is not doing this and will wait at least two weeks before reassessing the different levels.

What do Tiers mean to me, when do the restrictions change … and what about Christmas? Essential questions and answers about what life will be like after the lockdown on December 2nd

Almost all parts of England will face tough coronavirus restrictions, with a ban on indoor mixing and restrictions on hospitality starting next Wednesday.

Much of the Midlands, Northeast and Northwest are in the most restrictive tier three, but London and much of the south will be in the second tier.

Around 23.3 million people will face the strictest restrictions, while 32 million people will be in the second stage after the national lockdown is complete.

In the second tier, the restrictions mean a ban on households mixing indoors and in pubs and restaurants that can only sell alcohol with a "substantial meal".

Tier 3 measures mean a ban on mixing households, except in certain circumstances such as in parks, with restaurants that are restricted to takeaway or delivery.

Here MailOnline answers some of the most important questions about the new system, for which slightly different rules apply than for the levels defined before the second blocking:

How do I find out which level I am at?

The government had launched a zip code checker just after 11 a.m. today, but later removed the feature after repeatedly failing when people tried to use it.

Instead, you can scroll down to see a list of the levels two and three areas. The only areas in Tier 1 are Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly.

When do the restrictions take effect?

The UK national lockdown ends next Wednesday December 2nd at 00:01 a.m., and the new tier restrictions will come into effect at that time.

How often are tier placements checked?

Levels are reviewed every two weeks, with the first review taking place on December 16. However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has indicated that this could change to be checked weekly instead.

TIER 2 – HIGH ALARM

What does "tier two" mean?

This means the area is on high alert for coronavirus. The government states that it has "higher or rapidly increasing levels of infection that require some additional restrictions".

Can I see my friends or family inside?

No, unless they are in your household. You can't get in touch with anyone who you don't live with or who isn't in your support bubble, be it at home or in a public place

Can I see my friends and family outdoors, including in gardens?

Yes, with restrictions. You cannot socialize outside in a group of more than six people, not even in a garden or public space. This is known as the "Rule of Six".

Can i go to the pub?

Yes, with restrictions. You can only be in a pub with your own household and are only allowed to serve alcohol with "large meals".

You can go outside a pub with members of other households within the “six rule”, but the same rules apply to alcohol.

Can i go to a restaurant?

Yes, with the same restrictions as above on where you can sit with members of other households.

Can I go to the bar in a pub or restaurant?

No. Hospitality businesses that sell food or beverages for consumption on their premises are only required to offer table service in premises where alcohol is sold.

Are nightclubs opening again?

No, night clubs are still closed by law.

Is the curfew for pubs and restaurants still in place?

Yes, but it was put back an hour. Now the catering facilities have to close between 23:00 and 05:00 and no longer take orders after 22:00.

Are there any exceptions to the curfew?

Yes, restaurants in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service stations are exempt from the curfew.

Can you get something to take away after 10 p.m.?

Yes. Hospitality companies and event venues that sell food and beverages for consumption outside of their premises can also do so after 10:00 p.m., provided this is done via a delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

Are other companies also under curfew?

Yes, casinos, cinemas, theaters, museums, bowling alleys, arcades, fairs, theme parks, adventure parks and bingo halls are closed at 11 p.m.

Are there exceptions for cinemas and theaters with late shows?

Yes. Cinemas, theaters, and concert halls can remain open after 11 p.m. to complete shows that start before 10 p.m.

Are there new capacity rules for the audience at events?

Yes. Public participation in outdoor and indoor events is permitted, whichever is lower: 50 percent capacity or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

The City of London is haunted this morning. The capital will be in Tier 2 next week

The City of London is haunted this morning. The capital will be in Tier 2 next week

Can i watch live sports?

Yes. Public participation in spectator sports and business events can resume inside and outside. This is subject to social contact rules and is limited to the lower capacity: 50 percent capacity or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.

Can i go to church

Yes. Places of worship are open, but you cannot interact with people outside of your household or support bubbles while you are in the house unless a legal exception applies.

Are Weddings Back?

Yes. Weddings can be held with a limited number of participants – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Are funerals still allowed?

Yes. Now 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend associated memorial services such as guarding or setting stones.

Can organized sport continue?

Yes. Organized outdoor sports as well as physical activity and exercise classes can continue.

What about organized indoor sports?

Yes, with restrictions. Organized indoor sports, exercise and exercise classes are only allowed if it is possible for people not to mix with people they do not live with (or with whom they share a support bubble).

There are exceptions for indoor disabled sports, sports for educational purposes, and supervised sports and physical activity for children under the age of 18 that can be done with a mix of larger groups.

Will gyms be open?

Yes.

Are there any travel restrictions?

Yes. The government says you can travel to venues or facilities that are open, but "should aim to reduce the number of trips you make where possible".

Do the rules change when you travel to a first tier area?

No. If you live in a second-level area, you must continue to follow the second-level rules when traveling to a first-level area.

What if you go to a third level area?

The government advises people to avoid traveling to or staying overnight in third tier areas "except when necessary," e.g. B. for work, education, youth welfare, medical treatment or for care duties.

It adds that humans can travel through a Tier 3 area as part of a longer trip.

What rules do you follow when switching between levels?

You must follow the rules of the level you are in or the level you are attending – whichever is higher.

Can you go abroad

Yes, with exceptions. For information on international travel, see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the list of travel corridors.

Which areas are in stage two?

The government website provides a full list of the second tier areas.

East of England

  • Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
  • Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
  • Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
  • Hertfordshire
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk

London

  • all 32 boroughs plus the City of London

South east

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Buckinghamshire
  • East Sussex
  • Hampshire (excluding the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Oxfordshire
  • read
  • Surrey
  • West Berkshire
  • West Sussex
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Wokingham

northwest

  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Warrington and Cheshire

southwest

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
  • Wiltshire and Swindon
  • West Midlands
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
  • Worcestershire
  • Yorkshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • York

East Midlands

  • Northamptonshire
  • Rutland

TIER 3 – VERY HIGH ALARM

What does "tier three" mean?

This is a "very high" alert level – the highest of the three-level system – for areas with a very high or very rapidly increasing infection rate that are subject to more stringent restrictions.

Can I see my friends or family inside?

No, unless they are in the same household. The rules for doing this are the same in stage two.

Can I see my friends and family outdoors?

Yes, but not in private gardens. You can only socialize in groups of up to six people in other outdoor public areas, including a park, beach, public landscape, public garden, heritage site, castle or sports facility.

People are in Leeds today before the city enters stage three next Wednesday after the lockdown

People are in Leeds today before the city enters stage three next Wednesday after the lockdown

Can I go to the pub or restaurant?

No. These must all be closed by law, except to take away.

Can I get take away?

Yes. Hospitality establishments such as pubs, cafes and restaurants can continue selling via take-out, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery service.

Can I stay in a hotel?

No. Accommodation such as hotels, B & Bs, campsites and guest houses must be closed. There are several exceptions, e.g. B. For those who use these venues as their primary residence and those who need venues where it is "reasonably necessary for work or education and training".

Which venues have to be closed?

Most entertainment and tourist spots are closing, including:

  • Indoor play centers and areas, including trampoline parks and soft play
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Ice rinks
  • Arcades and game centers for adults
  • Laser quests and escape rooms
  • Cinemas, theaters and concert halls
  • Snooker halls

Can indoor attractions remain open at outdoor venues?

No. Indoor attractions at primarily outdoor entertainment venues must also be closed, although indoor shops, thoroughfares, and public toilets at such attractions may remain open.

This includes indoor attractions in:

  • Zoos, safari parks and nature reserves
  • Aquariums, farm visitor attractions, and other animal attractions
  • Model villages
  • Museums, galleries and sculpture parks
  • Botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • Theme parks, circuses, exhibition centers and fairs
  • Visitor attractions in film studios, cultural heritage sites such as castles and mansions
  • Sights such as viewing platforms and viewing platforms

Can leisure and sports facilities remain open?

Yes, with restrictions. Group exercise classes including fitness and dance should not be conducted. Saunas and steam baths should also be closed.

Can I participate in a live sporting event?

No. There should be no public participation in spectator sports or indoor performances, and large business events should not be held. However, elite sporting events can still take place without spectators.

People are walking around Birmingham today before the region starts complying with Tier 3 rules next week

People are walking around Birmingham today before the region starts complying with Tier 3 rules next week

Can do big outdoor events take place?

No. Performances and shows should not take place with the exception of drive-in events.

Can I still go to church?

Yes. Places of worship remain open, but you are not allowed to socialize or socialize with anyone outside of your household or support bubble during your stay, unless a legal exception applies

Can a wedding take place?

Yes. Weddings can be carried out with limited number of participants – 15 people can attend the ceremonies, receptions are not permitted.

Can i go to a funeral?

Yes. 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend associated memorial services

Can organized outdoor sports take place?

Yes. Organized outdoor sports as well as physical activity and exercise classes can continue. However, there should be no higher risk contact activities.

Can indoor sports take place?

No. Organized indoor sports, exercise and exercise classes cannot take place indoors.

There are exemptions for indoor disabled sports, sports for educational purposes, and supervised sports and physical activity for children under the age of 18.

Can I still travel to places?

Yes. You can still travel to open venues or facilities, but your aim should be to reduce the number of trips you make whenever possible.

Can I vacation in other parts of the UK?

No. You should “avoid traveling to other parts of the UK” including overnight stays other than necessary, e.g. B. for work, education, youth welfare, medical treatment or for care duties. Sie können jedoch im Rahmen einer längeren Reise durch andere Gebiete reisen.

Kann ich ins Ausland gehen?

Yes, with restrictions. Informationen zu internationalen Reisen finden Sie in den Reisehinweisen des Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office für Ihr Reiseziel und in der Liste der Reisekorridore.

Welche Bereiche befinden sich in Stufe drei?

Hier finden Sie eine vollständige Liste der Bereiche der dritten Stufe gemäß der Website der Regierung.

East Midlands

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Northeast

  • Northeast Combined Authority:
  • County Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland
  • Tees Valley Combined Authority:
  • Darlington
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Stockton-on-Teas

northwest

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire

South east

  • Kent and Medway
  • Slough (Rest of Berkshire is Tier 2: High Alert)

southwest

  • Bristol
  • North Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire

West Midlands

  • Birmingham and Black Land
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

Y.Orkshire und The Humber

  • The Humber
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire

Sammlungsausnahmen für alle Reifen

Gibt es in allen Ebenen Ausnahmen von Versammlungsgrenzen?

Ja, die folgenden Ausnahmen von der Sechserregel gelten nachstehend:

  • als Teil eines einzelnen Haushalts oder einer Unterstützungsblase
  • für die Arbeit oder die Erbringung freiwilliger oder gemeinnütziger Dienstleistungen, auch in den Häusern anderer Menschen
  • für Kinderbetreuung, Bildung oder Ausbildung – dh Bildung und Ausbildung, die als Teil eines formalen Lehrplans angeboten werden
  • für beaufsichtigte Aktivitäten für Kinder, einschließlich Rundum-Betreuung (vor und nach der Schule), Gruppen und Aktivitäten für Kinder unter 18 Jahren sowie Kinderspielgruppen
  • für formelle Selbsthilfegruppen sowie Eltern- und Kindergruppen – bis zu 15 Personen ab 5 Jahren
  • Kontakt zwischen leiblichen Eltern und betreuten Kindern sowie zwischen betreuten Geschwistern zu ermöglichen
  • für Vereinbarungen, bei denen Kinder nicht im selben Haushalt leben wie ihre Eltern oder Erziehungsberechtigten
  • für potenzielle Adoptiveltern, um ein Kind oder Kinder zu treffen, die bei ihnen untergebracht werden können
  • für Geburtspartner
  • an einer Beerdigung – mit nicht mehr als 30 anwesenden Personen – oder an einer Gedenkveranstaltung wie einem Weckruf für jemanden, der gestorben ist – mit nicht mehr als 15 anwesenden Personen teilzunehmen
  • jemanden zu sehen, der todkrank oder am Ende seines Lebens ist
  • an einer Hochzeit oder einer Lebenspartnerschaft teilnehmen – mit nicht mehr als 15 anwesenden Personen
  • Nothilfe zu leisten
  • um Verletzungen oder Krankheiten zu vermeiden oder einem Verletzungsrisiko zu entgehen
  • eine gesetzliche Verpflichtung zu erfüllen, z. B. die Teilnahme an einem Gerichts- oder Juryservice
  • Pflege oder Unterstützung für schutzbedürftige Personen zu leisten oder einer Pflegeperson eine Ruhepause einzuräumen
  • um den Umzug nach Hause zu erleichtern

WEIHNACHTSBEFREIUNGEN FÜR ALLE BINDER

Pläne, die Anfang dieser Woche bekannt gegeben wurden, damit die Menschen während der Weihnachtszeit eine vorübergehende Blase bilden können, waren eine willkommene Neuigkeit für Familien im ganzen Land.

Aber wie viel wissen wir über das, was vorgeschlagen wird? Hier sind einige wichtige Fragen, die auf Informationen basieren, die vom Cabinet Office for England veröffentlicht wurden:

Was ist eine Weihnachtsblase und wann kann ich einer beitreten?

Zwischen dem 23. und 27. Dezember dürfen die Menschen eine exklusive Weihnachtsblase bilden, die sich aus Menschen aus nicht mehr als drei Haushalten zusammensetzt.

Diese Regel gilt für ganz Großbritannien.

Weihnachtsblasen können sich nur in Privathäusern und Gärten, Kultstätten und öffentlichen Außenbereichen treffen.

Kann ich in mehr als einer Weihnachtsblase sein?

Nein. Weihnachtsblasen werden für den Zeitraum fixiert, in dem sie zulässig sind.

Sie dürfen Ihre Weihnachtsblase auch nicht ändern, sobald sie gebildet ist.

Gibt es eine Grenze für die Anzahl der Personen in einer Weihnachtsblase?

Die Leitlinien des Kabinettsbüros sehen lediglich vor, dass die Blase keine Personen aus mehr als drei Haushalten umfassen darf.

Es wird jedoch hervorgehoben, dass je mehr Menschen jemand sieht, desto wahrscheinlicher ist es, dass er Covid-19 fängt oder verbreitet, und die Öffentlichkeit wird gebeten, die Risiken zu berücksichtigen, bevor sie sich zur Bildung einer Blase bereit erklärt.

Die schottische Regierung sagte, die Menschen sollten die Zahlen innerhalb einer Blase so niedrig wie möglich halten und die Kontaktdauer zwischen verschiedenen Haushalten in der Blase minimieren.

Müssen wir innerhalb der Weihnachtsblasen soziale Distanz schaffen?

Soziale Distanzierung ist in Blasen nicht erforderlich, aber den Menschen wird geraten, Zurückhaltung und Urteilsvermögen zu üben, wenn sie sich mit schutzbedürftigen Freunden oder Familienmitgliedern vermischen wollen.

Dies bedeutet, dass Freunde und Familie zum ersten Mal seit Monaten die Möglichkeit haben, sich zu umarmen.

Was passiert, wenn ich mich selbst isoliere?

Wenn Sie Covid-Symptome haben oder sich selbst isolieren müssen, dürfen Sie sich keiner Weihnachtsblase anschließen.

Wenn jemand in einer Weihnachtsblase zwischen dem 23. und 27. Dezember oder bis zu 48 Stunden nach dem letzten Treffen der Blase positiv auf Coronavirus getestet wird oder Symptome entwickelt, müssen sich alle Blasenmitglieder selbst isolieren.

Kann ich mich in einer anderen Weihnachtsblase befinden als Menschen, mit denen ich normalerweise zusammen lebe?

Laut der Anleitung des Kabinettsbüros können Sie eine andere Weihnachtsblase bilden als die Menschen, mit denen Sie normalerweise zusammenleben.

Um die Übertragung von Viren in Ihrem normalen Haushalt und zwischen Blasen zu verhindern, sollten die Menschen versuchen, möglichst zwischen dem 23. und 27. Dezember bei einem anderen Mitglied ihrer Weihnachtsblase zu bleiben.

Zusätzliche Vorsichtsmaßnahmen wie das Reinigen von Oberflächen und Türgriffen und das Einlassen von frischer Luft, nachdem jemand Ihren Haushalt besucht hat, werden ebenfalls empfohlen.

Die schottische Regierung hat jedoch erklärt, dass "verschiedene Personen in einem Haushalt nicht ihre eigene Blase pflücken sollten".

Kann ich noch Leute außerhalb meiner Weihnachtsblase treffen?

Sie können Leute treffen, die sich nicht in Ihrer Weihnachtsblase außerhalb Ihres Hauses befinden, gemäß den Regeln in der Stufe, in der Sie sich aufhalten.

Das Stufensystem der Beschränkungen gilt für England, wobei die Regeln in anderen Teilen des Vereinigten Königreichs variieren.

Kann ich mit meiner Weihnachtsblase über Nacht bleiben?

Yes. Wenn sich jemand in Ihrer Weihnachtsblase befindet, können Sie die Häuser des anderen besuchen und über Nacht bleiben, auch in privaten Mietwohnungen.

Kann ich durch verschiedene Gebiete und über Grenzen hinweg reisen, um an einer Weihnachtsblase teilzunehmen?

Yes. Sie dürfen zwischen Englands Ebenen und den vier Nationen Großbritanniens reisen, um Ihre Weihnachtsblase zu treffen.

Wann darf ich von und zu meiner Weihnachtsblase reisen?

Sie sollten nur reisen, um Ihre Blase zu treffen und zwischen dem 23. und 27. Dezember nach Hause zurückzukehren.

Für diejenigen, die nach oder von Nordirland reisen, können sie am 22. und 28. Dezember reisen, sollten aber erst zwischen dem 23. und 27. Dezember ihre Weihnachtsblase treffen.

Reisen außerhalb dieser Zeiträume sind nur in Ausnahmefällen zulässig, beispielsweise wenn Sie sich selbst isolieren müssen.

Menschen wird empfohlen, unnötige Zwischenstopps auf ihrer Reise zu vermeiden und kein Auto mit Personen zu teilen, die nicht in ihrem Haushalt sind.

Wenn Sie Grenzen überschreiten, sollten Reisende die lokalen Coronavirus-Richtlinien lesen, da möglicherweise andere Regeln gelten.

Zählt meine Unterstützungsblase immer noch als ein Haushalt?

Nach Angaben des Kabinetts werden vorhandene Unterstützungsblasen als ein Haushalt gezählt, der zur Begrenzung der Weihnachtsblase für drei Haushalte beiträgt.

Eine Unterstützungsblase in England ist definiert als ein Unterstützungsnetzwerk zwischen einem einzelnen erwachsenen Haushalt oder einem Haushalt mit einem Erwachsenen mit einer oder mehreren Personen unter 18 Jahren am 12. Juni und einem anderen Haushalt jeder Größe.

In Schottland, Wales und Nordirland sind die Regeln für Haushaltsblasen unterschiedlich, und die vollständigen Weihnachtsrichtlinien dieser Nationen stehen noch aus.

Können Kinderbetreuungsblasen weiter bestehen?

In England verbindet sich ein Haushalt mit einem anderen Haushalt, um Kindern unter 13 Jahren eine informelle Kinderbetreuung zu bieten.

Zwischen dem 23. und 27. Dezember können Sie weiterhin eine Kinderbetreuungsblase verwenden, jedoch "nur wenn dies zumutbar ist" und "wenn es keine vernünftigen Alternativen gibt", heißt es in den Leitlinien des Kabinetts.

Wenn sie sich in dieser Zeit sozial treffen, sollten die beiden Haushalte eine Weihnachtsblase bilden, wobei ein weiterer Haushalt der Gruppierung beitreten darf.

Auch hier können die Leitlinien in Schottland, Wales und Nordirland abweichen.

What happens to children whose parents are separated?

Children who are aged under 18 can be part of both their parents' Christmas bubbles if the adults do not live together and separate groupings are formed.

Nobody else is allowed to be in two bubbles.

Can care home residents join Christmas bubbles?

In England, visits outside of care homes should only be considered for residents 'of working age'.

A care home resident that is allowed to leave, subject to a home's agreement and individual risk assessments, may form a bubble with one other household only and should not form a three-household Christmas bubble at any point.

If a care home resident does join a household for Christmas they should maintain social distance and take steps to minimise risks.

Can students returning from university join Christmas bubbles?

Students heading home for the holidays will be considered part of the household they return to.

Can I form a Christmas bubble if I am clinically extremely vulnerable?

Yes, but people are warned this involves greater risks.

If someone decides to join a bubble they should take extra precautions, while others within the group should be extra vigilant in the days before getting together.

Can my bubble have Christmas dinner together at the pub?

No. Under the rules Christmas bubbles cannot meet up at indoor settings such as pubs, hotels, retail businesses, theatres or restaurants.

In England, rules on who you can and cannot meet will still depend on which tier of restrictions a venue is in.

Should I follow the rules of the tier I travel to or the tier I've come from when forming my Christmas bubble?

In England, if travelling to join your bubble you should follow the tier rules of your destination.

In Scotland, you must stay with your bubble where they are hosting you and you should follow the travel advice for the level you are in.

For example, people being hosted in a level 3 area cannot go on an outing to a level 2 area.

Can I stay in a hotel during Christmas?

In England, you can stay in a hotel during the Christmas period, including in a tier three area, but only on your own or with members of your household.

How will the Christmas rules be enforced?

No specific details have been released over how authorities might enforce the newly announced rules during the festive period.

Will we face tougher restrictions in January to make up for this?

We do not yet know. It has been speculated that a further circuit-breaker might be needed in January or February if transmission rates rise during Christmas.

The Prime Minister has urged families to still be 'jolly careful', warning against 'a big blowout Christmas' that could risk another lockdown in January.

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