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England comes to life after the lockdown – and people go to Primark


The lockdown in England is over and today shoppers took advantage of their new freedom to line up at Primark and Debenhams before dawn for the wild pre-Christmas bargains on Wednesday and people were giddy with excitement, back in for the first time in four weeks to return to the pub.

Fitness fanatics also hit the gym at midnight, others had their haircuts at 1 a.m. or went to the golf course at dawn, while commuters went back to the office for the first time since November 5, when Boris Johnson's controversial animal system was last approved in the House of Commons on night.

As of midnight, 99 percent of England has been rated Tier 2 or Tier 3 – which means they are excluded from any contact with other households indoors except during the Christmas period. Only Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly are in Tier 1.

But despite the restrictions on 55 million people, many look forward to returning from breakfast to the pub or later meeting friends for a beer while they have a "hearty meal". Landlords use ingenious methods to bypass the rules, including one in Worcester that is open for drinks as long as people order food from the chippy next door.

People meandered around the block outside Primark on Birmingham Bullring this morning while Karen, a mental health nurse, queued outside Manchester's Primark after 5am saying she wanted to get some bargains and actually see what she was buying .

Pictures of the tube showed that some train cars were full during morning rush hour – but while there were traffic jams on busier routes, congestion in London is at the level of a week and around 50 percent lower than last year’s TomTom traffic data.

Debenhams started a fire sale of its shares today as administrators began liquidating the department store after 242 years of trading. Shoppers looking to get up to 70 percent off items waited in online queues to shop on the site and hit the stores this morning.

Today is known as "Wild Wednesday" as stores can stay open all night for £ 900 million a day economic hit caused by Boris Johnson's controversial tier system. Stores like Primark will be open 24/7 starting this morning.

The 34-year-old gym boss Andreas Michli was attacked by supporters when he opened his doors at midnight. The owner was fined £ 67,000 and brought to justice by Haringey Council last month after taking a three-day break at the Zone Gym in Wood Green, north London, with more than 30 police officers.

When Boris Johnson suffered his largest Tory riot to date over plains, he also made an appearance today:

  • Pfizer's vaccine is regulatory cleared for use in the UK and could be rolled out nationwide NEXT WEEK after the government orders 40 million doses.
  • Debenhams anticipates all 124 stores will be closed by early January – after a massive inventory sale after the bailout contract collapsed after Arcadia administration.
  • The Bonmarche fashion chain collapsed in administration for the second time in just over a year.
  • Pubs are reopening – as confusion persists as to what constitutes an "essential meal" required for an alcoholic drink;
  • The government announced another 603 Covid deaths on Tuesday, bringing the UK to 59,051. There have been another 13,430 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as cases continue to decline.

Young shoppers try to force their way into JD Sports on Oxford Street as lockdown ended after four weeks in England and stores opened on Wild Wednesday

The first customers of the day at the Five Degree West Pub in Falmouth, Cornwall, enjoy a beer. It is one of only three areas in Tier 1

The first customers of the day at the Five Degree West Pub in Falmouth, Cornwall, enjoy a beer. It is one of only three areas in Tier 1

Debenhams (pictured in Harrow) started a fire sale of its shares today as administrators began liquidating the department store after 242 years of trading

Debenhams (pictured in Harrow) started a fire sale of its shares today as administrators began liquidating the department store after 242 years of trading

Two young women leave Lakeside, Essex laden with bags as England blows into the shops today

78-year-old Reg Steer was waiting eagerly outside the entrance to the Asparagus Pub - a Wetherspoon in Battersea, south-west London - and was the first to enjoy a beer with a breakfast wrap

Two young women leave Lakeside, Essex laden with bags as England blows into the shops today. 78-year-old Reg Steer was waiting eagerly outside the entrance to the Asparagus Pub – a Wetherspoon in Battersea, south-west London – and was the first to enjoy a beer with a breakfast wrap

Swimmers known as the Lido Ladies pose by the pool during sunrise at Charlton Lido in Hornfair Park, London

Swimmers known as the Lido Ladies pose by the pool during sunrise at Charlton Lido in Hornfair Park, London

Barbers Emma Rolfe and Toby Sewell of The Town Barber in Falmouth, Cornwall, work with two clients before dawn

Barbers Emma Rolfe and Toby Sewell of The Town Barber in Falmouth, Cornwall, work with two clients before dawn

The gym members are returning to the David Lloyd Health Club in Leicester as stores reopened with restrictions today

The gym members are returning to the David Lloyd Health Club in Leicester as stores reopened with restrictions today

Social distancing was not possible on the Jubilee Line into central London this morning as the capital emerged from the lockdown

Social distancing was not possible on the Jubilee Line into central London this morning as the capital emerged from the lockdown

Long queues on the A40 in Perrivale, West London as the second national lockdown ends this morning and is replaced by steps

Long queues on the A40 in Perrivale, West London as the second national lockdown ends this morning and is replaced by steps

There were traffic jams today, but traffic jams in London are at the level of a week according to TomTom traffic data and have decreased by around 50 percent compared to the previous year

There were traffic jams today, but traffic jams in London are at the level of a week according to TomTom traffic data and are down by around 50 percent compared to last year

The people of England quickly enjoyed greater freedoms after the end of the national lockdown and were replaced by a tiered system of restrictions.

And it seems that many hit the stores.

When the lockdown in Manchester was lifted and the city went straight to Tier 3, people could only enjoy the shops and bookmakers while cafes, pubs and restaurants stayed closed.

Of the few people on Manchester's main market street, many complained that little had changed with the new rules.

18 year old dance student Erin Kelly told Mailonline, “It's nice to be able to go back to the stores, but it doesn't feel much different.

“The pubs and many cafes are closed, so you can't be out much.

“I think a lot of people are fed up with the restrictions. We have felt in them for ages.

“I still live at home, but a lot of my college friends are fed up with not being able to see other people.

& # 39; It's all very quiet. It's not what you want when Christmas is around the corner. & # 39;

Some buyers got up early to take advantage of the end of the lockdown.

A 66-year-old cleaning lady, Janet Oluwole, got up at 5 a.m. to take the bus into town.

She said, “The bus was a bit busy, but it feels very quiet.

“I was just in Primark to buy a £ 1 t-shirt and I want to do some more Christmas shopping.

"It feels great to be out of the office and go into a store."

JD Sports staff must warn customers to carefully enter the Oxford Street store today as social distancing went out the window

JD Sports staff must warn customers to carefully enter the Oxford Street store today as social distancing went out the window

Debenhams is hoping for a rush of customers as it tries to sell its shares before liquidation

Debenhams is hoping for a rush of customers as it tries to sell its shares before liquidation

Two women wrestle with their bags and wrapping paper outside of Lakeside in Thurrock

Two women wrestle with their bags and wrapping paper outside of Lakeside in Thurrock

Shoppers line up outside of Zara at the Bullring Shopping Center in Birmingham as the city centers come alive again

Shoppers line up outside of Zara at the Bullring Shopping Center in Birmingham as the city centers come alive again

Footlocker in central London was also busy as people queued for discounted trainers on the first real day of Christmas shopping

Footlocker in central London was also busy as people queued for discounted trainers on the first real day of Christmas shopping

Security was required when shoppers arrived on Oxford Street in Primark at 7 a.m. when people were rushing to pick up a bargain

Security was required when shoppers arrived on Oxford Street in Primark at 7 a.m. when people were rushing to pick up a bargain

Primark stock is being brought into the Oxford Street store by staff this morning as retailers hope for a Christmas shopping

Primark stock is being brought into the Oxford Street store by staff this morning as retailers hope for a Christmas shopping

Sophia Sammee is among the many thousands of people who returned to the gym for their fitness correction this morning when lockdown restrictions ended

Sophia Sammee is among the many thousands of people who returned to the gym for their fitness correction this morning when lockdown restrictions ended

Paul Crossman (who left a York-based licensee and pub activist) is toasting the end of the lockdown as millions can go out to drink with a "hearty meal."

Paul Crossman (who left a York-based licensee and pub activist) is toasting the end of the lockdown as millions can go out to drink with a "hearty meal."

78-year-old Reg Steer was waiting eagerly in front of the entrance to the Asparagus Pub – a Wetherspoon in Battersea, south-west London – for the doors to open at 8 a.m.

The retired roofer said he hadn't had beer during the entire lockdown and was looking forward to self-medication.

"I haven't had a single beer even though nobody believes me," he told MailOnline. "I don't drink at home, this is for alcoholics." I didn't drink when I first locked down. "

He had already read the rules and knew that a small pack would be an "essential meal" that would allow him to order a beer when the bar opened at 9am.

"I asked someone the other day what the basic meal was and they said it was egg wrap (£ 2.99)," he said. “So I get on mine at 8am so I can have a drink at 9am.

“It's nice to be back. But the gutter is, once you've eaten, you can only have two drinks and then you have to go.

"Otherwise, go to a different pub and do the same thing – just go from pub to pub."

Mr Steer said he disagreed with the rules and feared they would cripple the pub industry.

"Certainly it is the individual – I can't understand why you need to buy a meal," he said.

“I just feel sorry for the customs officers. There is a street I used to visit that is finished.

"The government doesn't know what it's doing, nobody does it." It's a guessing game. "

Helen Dickinson, General Manager of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Thousands of retailers look forward to welcoming their customers again.

& # 39; Safety remains the number one priority for retailers who have spent hundreds of millions doing business Covid-safe.

& # 39; With billions of sales lost during lockdown, stores want to provide a safe and enjoyable shopping experience to bring customers back.

“Christmas is just around the corner, so everyone has a reason to visit their local stores.

"Every purchase we make is helping a retailer, protecting a job and supporting a local community."

Teenagers laden with bags stand in line outside JD Sports while a police officer watches Oxford Street in the foreground

Teenagers laden with bags stand in line outside JD Sports while a police officer watches Oxford Street in the foreground

General Manager Jon Newton serves a beer to the first customer of the day at Five Degree West in Falmouth

General Manager Jon Newton serves a beer to the first customer of the day at Five Degree West in Falmouth

People stood in line to go to Cheltenham's John Lewis store and grab some bargains off the shelves

People stood in line to go to Cheltenham's John Lewis store and grab some bargains off the shelves

Some of the toughest fitness fanatics even hit the weights for a midnight workout when a London gym owner opened its doors at midnight.

All non-essential stores are allowed to open starting today, paving the way for a festive shopping spree that is likely to drive people back to the country's battered main streets.

A fire sale at Debenhams is expected to fuel the shopping bonanza as bargain hunters are lured in by price cuts of up to 70 percent ahead of the company's imminent liquidation after the collapse of bailout talks.

A forerunner of today's likely rush for generous discounts – as the chain reopened its soon-to-run 124 stores – was spotted last night when more than a million people flooded the store's website.

The sudden surge in activity when England lifted blanket restrictions is dubbed "Wild Wednesday" – but the vast majority of the public will still live under draconian laws.

Boris Johnson overcame the biggest Tory rebellion of his term last night for his new tier system to slacken the Commons by 291 to 78, with Labor MPs abstaining.

This heralds the government's previous strategy of dividing the country into three "alert levels" – but this time with tougher measures and with 99 percent of the country facing the two top levels.

The pubs curfew has been extended to 11 p.m., but they are grappling with the new regulations. In tier 2 they can only serve alcohol with a “substantial meal” and in tier 3 they are restricted to take away.

But despite the pandemic that is still looming in everyday life, many Britons cheered when the Freedom Shower went into effect today.

Early morning swimmers during sunrise at Charlton Lido in south east London this morning as people took a step towards much-needed normalcy

Early morning swimmers during sunrise at Charlton Lido in south east London this morning as people took a step towards much-needed normalcy

People queuing outside T.K.Maxx in Birmingham where they can get up to 60 percent off items inside

People queuing outside T.K.Maxx in Birmingham where they can get up to 60 percent off items inside

People queued around the block to get to their local Primark, which was open for the next 24 hours

People queued around the block to get to their local Primark, which was open for the next 24 hours

Commuters cross London Bridge this morning as more offices open after four weeks of only essential travel

Commuters cross London Bridge this morning as more offices open after four weeks of only essential travel

Buyers line up outside Primark in Birmingham as England's lockdown ended and people went shopping on Wild Wednesday

Buyers line up outside Primark in Birmingham as England's lockdown ended and people went shopping on Wild Wednesday

Insider shoppers made bargains with Primark's stores that were open 24 hours to reclaim cash

Insider shoppers made bargains with Primark's stores that were open 24 hours to reclaim cash

Queues outside Primark on Northumberland Street in Newcastle city center this morning, an hour before business opens

Queues outside Primark on Northumberland Street in Newcastle city center this morning, an hour before business opens

Wetherspoons Pub in Southampton is preparing tables for the first day of trading after the lockdown

Wetherspoons Pub in Southampton is preparing tables for the first day of trading after the lockdown

Some of the toughest fitness fanatics even hit the weights for a midnight workout when a London gym owner, Andreas Michli (pictured), who had previously been fined for breaking the lock, opened his doors at midnight

Some of the toughest fitness fanatics even hit the weights for a midnight workout when a London gym owner, Andreas Michli (pictured), who had previously been fined for breaking the lock, opened his doors at midnight

Hundreds of thousands of shoppers have flooded the Debenhams website for generous discounts as the department store tries to clear its inventory before it finally closes

Debenhams is poised for liquidation after 242 years of trading 12,000 jobs at risk after JD Sports refused to buy the brand amid the chaos caused by the collapse of Arcadia

Hundreds of thousands of shoppers have flooded the Debenhams website for generous discounts as the department store tries to clear its inventory before it finally closes

The Tube was busier than usual at London Bridge Station this morning when people returned to the office

The Tube was busier than usual at London Bridge Station this morning when people returned to the office

People wearing face masks walk past a sign on Market Street in Manchester that is on Tier 3 but wants to reach Tier 2

People wearing face masks walk past a sign on Market Street in Manchester that is on Tier 3 but wants to reach Tier 2

Debenhams on Oxford Street in London last night. The 242 year old brand entered management and the stores will soon be closed

Debenhams on Oxford Street in London last night. The 242 year old brand entered management and the stores will soon be closed

Boris Johnson said there was a "compelling case" for the regional levels as he faced a Commons showdown over his new coronavirus rules

Boris Johnson overcame the biggest Tory rebellion of his term last night for his new tier system to slacken the Commons by 291 to 78, with Labor MPs abstaining

“Let's have a cooked breakfast and a beer!”: Tier 2 drinkers are happy when the ban ends, while Tier 3 drinkers ask for the pub

England's second national lockdown ended overnight, causing a wave of excitement on social media as people prepared to return to the pubs – and landlords prepared for a busy day serving "extensive meals" .

Social media users rejoiced this morning with the end of the month-long shutdown that ended overnight.

The blocking rules will be replaced by a new tiered system from today. The rules stipulate that pubs in Tier 2 areas, including London and much of the Southeast, can reopen.

Hours after the ban was lifted, tier 2 social media users quickly showed their willingness to return to the pubs.

But those in Tier 3, where pubs and restaurants are only open for takeout, had to long for a beer.

A Twitter user, Neil Hughes, said, "I'll make a hot breakfast and a beer."

No, Evans said, “We made it to the end of the lockdown. See use (sic) in the pub for 5 Guinness and a Cesar salad. & # 39;

Another said, "Lockdown is over, you can catch me in the pub with my friends tonight unless you're in tier 2 or 3."

34-year-old gym boss Andreas Michli was attacked by supporters tonight when he opened his doors at midnight.

The owner was fined £ 67,000 and brought to justice by Haringey Council last month after taking a three-day break at the Zone Gym in Wood Green, north London, with more than 30 police officers.

But he was back in business last night, greeting around 60 people through his doors – and boasting that the prime minister had been influenced by his protest.

As the crowd lined up to get back on the treadmills, Mr Michli told MailOnline, “I have no doubt that we managed to change the Prime Minister's mind about opening gyms.

He saw what was going on and listened. But the war continues and now it's not just about gyms anymore. I feel like I'm fighting for all kinds of companies.

"So many business owners are suffering, so it's great to see here tonight the excitement and excitement that we are reopening."

One of the first to stand at the door was personal trainer Sophia Sammee (35) from Friern Barnet, North London, who said: “You can see happiness on people's faces here tonight.

"Everyone is buzzing that the lockdown is over." This gym was my home and I really wanted to be here by midnight. Andreas was brave to be open and I was proud to support him. & # 39;

Lawyer trainee Dennis Adjei-Sarpong, 26, said, “There are so many smiles here tonight that this place is open again. People just want to get lost in their workouts and fitness again. I can't wait to hit the weights myself. It's a great moment. & # 39;

Mr Michli amassed a fortune in solid criminal charges only to tear them apart on his Instagram channel and invite members back to his gym – just so the judges can shut him down.

Despite breaking the law during the lockdown, he said he was inundated with messages of support from well-wishers from across the country.

“I'm not paying the fine, and if the Haringey Council wants the money, they'll have to take me to court because I'm not giving a cent. I feel like the public is swaying behind me and it's an amazing feeling.

Mr Michli told MailOnline: "I am sure that we have succeeded in changing the Prime Minister's mind about opening gyms."

Mr Michli told MailOnline: "I am sure that we have succeeded in changing the Prime Minister's mind about opening gyms."

The UK recorded an additional 13,430 coronavirus infections and 603 deaths in the past 24 hours as England ended shutdown

The UK recorded an additional 13,430 coronavirus infections and 603 deaths in the past 24 hours as England ended shutdown

PM suffers the biggest revolt of its tenure – but wins the votes of the stages

Boris Johnson approved his brutal post-lockdown steps from the Commons last night, thanks to Sir Keir Starmer's tacit support, after witnessing the biggest Tory uprising in this Parliament when more than 50 Tories defied the whip.

The new three-tier system was signed by a margin of 291-78 and went into effect at midnight after Labor abstained from voting. Despite the complaint, the regime was not harsh enough and there was not enough support for corporate-crippled hotel companies in government shutdowns.

While the majority of the headlines 213 were healthy, the riot of 55 Tories – including the suspended Julian Lewis – made the riot the largest in this Parliament after 44 previously violated the pub curfew.

Another 17 appear to have abstained, although it is not clear how many were given permission to stay away. Sir Keir suffered his own uprising, along with Jeremy Corbyn and eight DUP politicians, in which 15 defied the whip.

Although the Labor move guaranteed victory number 10, Mr Johnson was exposed to the wrath of his own benches. If all opposition parties had voted against the government, the prime minister would have been easily defeated.

The rebellion may have permanently wiped the possibility of a blanket shutdown of the virus in the future, and likely set alarm bells in No. 10 as the Prime Minister's authority continues to wane.

“We were expecting a big crowd at twelve because so many people on social media said they wanted to be here when the doors open.

“We had a lot of love and support from all over the country who supported us. Since we're a 24-hour gym, it made sense to open at midnight. & # 39;

Mr Michli has 1,200 members, but the social distancing rules mean he will be limited to 85 members in his gym at a time.

& # 39; We will be following government guidelines on how many people can be on the premises at one time. And we will enforce social distancing. Even so, it's a big step back to normal life. & # 39;

On Wild Wednesday, there will also be a flash of shops on the main drag as people try to buy gifts weeks before Christmas.

It's powered by a bargain bonanza from Debenhams, which cut the prices of handbags, shoes, boots, watches, and dresses.

The chain has become the youngest victim on Main Street and is being liquidated in the New Year after rescue talks with JD Sport fail. It has drawn a line under 242 years of trade and put 12,000 jobs at risk.

There was a 20 minute wait late Tuesday evening "due to exceptional demand" with over 300,000 trying to get to the site at one point and the total number of buyers exceeding a million.

A bloody year for retailers amid the pandemic peaked this week when both Debenhams and Sir Philip Green's Arcadia group collapsed.

Arcadia, which owns Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Burton, has taken over management and put 13,000 jobs at risk.

Meanwhile, people on social media today are celebrating the end of lockdowns and the beginning of Tier 2 restrictions in some areas that allow pubs to reopen.

One Twitter user, Jo Mac, said, “And we're no longer banned! Wohoooo !!! Who would want to come to the pub with me to have a beer and a good meal? «

Another said: & # 39; Woohoo !! The blocking has ended. We are free to have a beer in the pub.

“With a Scottish egg, of course. Do we have to sit at a table and eat it with a knife and fork, or can we stand at the bar? & # 39;

Another said, "Lockdown is over, you can catch me in the pub with my friends tonight unless you're in tier 2 or 3."

Now you CAN hug your grandma: Minister REVERSE forbid hugging elderly loved ones in nursing homes at Christmas when they are doing rapid coronavirus tests

Nursing home residents can finally hug their families again, the ministers said last night.

A national introduction of rapid tests means that relatives who are free of Covid can be visited again for the first time since March.

Each nursing home resident can name two relatives they see twice a week, regardless of their coronavirus level.

More than a million test kits have already been sent to almost 400 large nursing homes and the first visits can take place today.

The announcement is a huge win for the Daily Mail's family reunification campaign through Christmas.

"This is a landmark time for visits," said Vic Rayner of the National Care Forum.

"It is being adopted by nursing home residents, their loved ones and providers nationwide."

Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health last night say visits should be made at all levels – unless there is a coronavirus outbreak in the nursing home.

Most of the country's 410,000 dependents were only allowed to see relatives through prison-style screens and windows. Other homes have put blanket bans in place, leading some elderly people to give up their lives.

Nursing home visits have been tightly regulated throughout the year to reduce the risk of people spreading Covid-19 in homes where residents are extremely susceptible to the disease (Image: A woman visits her stepfather at a house in Falmouth, Cornwall last week)

Nursing home visits have been tightly regulated throughout the year to reduce the risk of people spreading Covid-19 in homes where residents are extremely susceptible to the disease (Image: A woman visits her stepfather at a house in Falmouth, Cornwall last week)

However, in a profound policy change, Matt Hancock stated that all residents will be allowed face-to-face indoor visits until Christmas. The Minister of Health said: “I know how difficult it was for people in nursing homes and their families to be apart for so long. The breakup was painful, but it kept residents and staff safe from this deadly virus.

"I am very happy that we are now able to reunite families and enable people to have more secure contact with their loved ones until Christmas."

The rapid tests will be delivered to all 16,000 nursing homes in the country during the month. Upon arrival, visitors are given a side flow test that provides highly accurate results within 30 minutes.

A negative result means they are allowed inside and can hold hands or hug their loved ones as long as they wear PPE.

For the past three weeks, the Mail's Christmas campaign has drawn attention to the catastrophic effects of visiting bans on the mental and physical health of residents.

Tens of thousands of vulnerable and elderly people have been forced to die alone, deprived of one last loving hug from their families.

Caroline Abrahams of Age UK charity said: “The Daily Mail's campaign highlighted an issue that means everything to hundreds of thousands of elderly people and their families, and it is clear that it has successfully moved hearts and minds.

“It is really good news that the government changed its position significantly on the visit, and we sincerely hope that their new guidelines, as well as the additional practical support they offer nursing homes, will bring many families to life after a terrible time be reunited with their loved ones for a long time. & # 39;

Residents' rights campaign group said last night, "There is no longer any excuse to keep families locked out."

The Department of Health said it would spend an additional 46 million PPE items like face masks and robes to care for nursing homes for visitors. They said families should minimize contact to reduce the risk of transmission.

Fiona Carragher, a director of the Alzheimer's Society, said: “Hugs, a smile from a familiar face, holding hands, joy again – this is extremely important, as is the basic care that family carers offer people with dementia. Literally keeping people alive and bound to the world.

& # 39; Thank you very much to the Daily Mail for reinforcing this absolutely tragic topic. In such a shattering year, this news of a happier Christmas has never been more necessary. & # 39;

Martin Green von Care England, der die Leistungserbringer vertritt, warnte davor, dass die Haushalte immer noch einer „enormen administrativen und logistischen Belastung“ ausgesetzt seien, um Besuche vor Weihnachten zu ermöglichen. Er kritisierte die Regierung dafür, dass sie keine zusätzliche Personalausstattung vorsah.

Die meisten der 410.000 Pflegebedürftigen des Landes durften Verwandte nur durch Bildschirme und Fenster im Gefängnisstil sehen. Andere Häuser haben pauschale Verbote verhängt. Im Bild Dave Stallard in seinem Pflegeheim in West Sussex, der von seiner Frau Irene besucht wird

Die meisten der 410.000 Pflegebedürftigen des Landes durften Verwandte nur durch Bildschirme und Fenster im Gefängnisstil sehen. Andere Häuser haben pauschale Verbote verhängt. Im Bild Dave Stallard in seinem Pflegeheim in West Sussex, der von seiner Frau Irene besucht wird

Er fügte hinzu: „Es scheint kein Verständnis dafür zu geben, dass dies eine enorme administrative und logistische Belastung für die Leistungserbringer darstellt.

"Es gibt all diese zusätzliche Arbeit, die den Menschen auferlegt wird, und irgendwie denken sie, dass es eine bodenlose Grube an Ressourcen gibt, um mit all diesen Dingen fertig zu werden."

Mike Padgham, Vorsitzender der Independent Care Group, sagte, Pflegeheime stünden vor einer „Mammutaufgabe“, Familienbesuche vor Weihnachten zu ermöglichen, und viele Verwandte würden wahrscheinlich verlieren.

Er sagte: „Wie wir alle nach Vereinbarung dazu bringen, ihre Lieben vor Weihnachten zu sehen, ist eine große Herausforderung für uns. Wir möchten, dass der Besuch stattfindet, das steht außer Frage.

"Aber ich wünschte, die Regierung hätte gesagt, wir werden unser Bestes tun, um dies so schnell wie möglich zu tun", anstatt vor Weihnachten, weil ich logistisch gesehen nicht weiß, wie wir alle in der Zeit, die wir vor Weihnachten haben, sicher durchbringen können.

„Meine große Angst ist, dass Häuser dafür verantwortlich gemacht werden könnten, dass sie es nicht getan haben. Es ist nicht unsere Schuld. Wir möchten, dass dies geschieht, aber wir haben die Tests noch nicht und es gibt noch viel zu tun.

"Es scheint, als hätte die Regierung uns in die Schusslinie gebracht, wenn es schief geht."

Boris Johnson's post-lockdown levels come into effect despite the largest Tory rebellion to date against him – 55 of his backers are voting against his plans that threaten the prospect of future lockdowns

Posted by James Tapsfield, MailOnline Political Editor

Boris Johnson approved his brutal post-lockdown steps from the Commons last night, thanks to Sir Keir Starmer's tacit support, after witnessing the biggest Tory uprising in this Parliament when more than 50 Tories defied the whip.

The new three-tier system was signed by a margin of 291-78 and went into effect at midnight after Labor abstained from voting. Despite the complaint, the regime was not harsh enough and there was not enough support for corporate-crippled hotel companies in government shutdowns.

While the majority of the headlines 213 were healthy, the riot of 55 Tories – including the suspended Julian Lewis – made the riot the largest in this Parliament after 44 previously violated the pub curfew.

Another 17 appear to have abstained, although it is not clear how many were given permission to stay away. Sir Keir suffered his own uprising, along with Jeremy Corbyn and eight DUP politicians, in which 15 defied the whip.

Although the Labor move guaranteed victory number 10, Mr Johnson was exposed to the wrath of his own benches. If all opposition parties had voted against the government, the prime minister would have been easily defeated.

The rebellion may have permanently wiped the possibility of a blanket shutdown of the virus in the future, and likely set alarm bells in No. 10 as the Prime Minister's authority continues to wane.

But Dominic Raab tried to brush aside suggestions that the government was concerned about the scale of the revolt, even though Mr Johnson personally asked dozens of Tories to stand in line as they walked through the Noe lobby.

The foreign minister instead aimed to get Labor to abstain from the crunch vote and said tonight: “We listened to the MEPs on all sides of the House and passed this vote with a majority of over 200 votes.

Mr Johnson faced a number of hostile interventions from his own benches over draconian restrictions, including by the 1922 Committee Chairman Sir Graham Brady (pictured)

Mr Johnson faced a number of hostile interventions from his own benches over draconian restrictions, including by the 1922 Committee Chairman Sir Graham Brady (pictured)

The Tory Council is commencing legal action against the Tier 3 decision

A Tory-led local authority has objected to the government's decision to add them to Tier 3 after current lockdown restrictions end.

Stratford-on-Avon County Council said it had sent Health Secretary Matt Hancock a preparatory letter for judicial review.

Stratford is the constituency of Nadhim Zahawi, the newly appointed minister in charge of introducing Covid vaccines.

Tony Jefferson, Chairman of the Council, said, “This is not a measure that we take lightly. However, none of the data we see justifies ranking the Stratford-on-Avon district at Tier 3. It is very disappointing that the government has not used this much greater granularity in deciding on levels.

“I know they looked at a number of factors, including rates in all age groups, especially the elderly, who are more susceptible to the virus. and we need to take into account the pressures on our local hospitals and NHS services.

"However, none of the metrics for our district warrant a tier 3 rating. The decision to place the Stratford district at tier 3 therefore seems arbitrary and irrational."

& # 39;The most striking thing about these numbers is that Labor Party leader Keir Starmer abstained from voting during the pandemic of the biggest problem this country is facing today. He has nothing to say about it, no leadership, he doesn't know what to think or what the country should do. & # 39;

The day was desperately spent pulling opponents away, with the prime minister hinting that many areas of low infection could be pulled out of the toughest levels at the next review on December 16.

He also offered a "one-time" payment of £ 1,000 to "wet" pubs that are not serving food in recognition of "how badly they have been infected by this virus". On one final zoom call with mutinous Tories outside the division, Mr Johnson warned they shouldn't be like kids in the back of a car and said, "Are we almost there?"

To wrap up the debate, Health Secretary Matt Hancock suppressed tears as he referred to his step-grandfather's death from Covid in Liverpool last month and warned the government not to relax restrictions too much. "We have to beat this, we have to beat it together," he pleaded.

Previously, MPs lined up in the House of Representatives to criticize the government's plans despite the Prime Minister's urging on them to support his "convincing" case for his new post-lockdown levels. Former Health Secretary Jackie Doyle-Price summed up the sentiment for many by storming, "These decisions are really made on the back of a fag package but are destroying entire parts of the hospitality industry."

The strength of the feeling among critical backers even led backers usually to oppose the prime minister. Former Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Wright voted against the government "for the first time in 10 years". There had been talk of up to 100 conservative rebels – but this afternoon the numbers were cut to some extent.

A government spokesman said: "We welcome today's vote, which confirms our winter plan, ends national restrictions and brings England back into a tiered system.

& # 39; This will help secure the profits made last month and keep the virus under control. We will continue to work with Members who have raised concerns over the past few days. & # 39;

Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of the lockdown skeptics Tories, called on the government to "take up" the criticism. "We very much regret that in a moment of national crisis so many of us felt compelled to vote against the measures proposed by the government," said the former head of Whip.

Who are the Tory MPs who opposed Boris Johnson and voted against the tiered system?

53 Conservative MPs opposed Boris Johnson and voted against the Prime Minister's new coronavirus system.

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Adam Afriyie (Windsor)

Imran Ahmad Khan (Wakefield)

Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West)

Andrew Bridgen (northwest Leicestershire)

Paul Bristow (Peterborough)

Christopher Chope (Christchurch)

Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells)

James Daly (Bury North)

Philip Davies (Shipley)

David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden)

Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon)

Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock)

Richard Drax (South Dorset)

Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford)

Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)

Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham)

Chris Green (Bolton West)

Damian Green (Ashford)

Kate Griffiths (Burton)

Mark Harper (Forest of Dean)

Philip Hollobone (Kettering)

David Jones (Clwyd West)

Julian Knight (Solihull)

Robert Largan (High Peak)

Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire)

Chris Loder (West Dorset)

Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham)

Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet)

Anthony Mangnall (Totnes)

Karl McCartney (Lincoln)

Stephen McPartland (Stevenage)

Esther McVey (Tatton)

Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle)

Robbie Moore (Keighley)

Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot)

Robert Neill (Bromley and Chislehurst)

Mark Pawsey (rugby)

John Redwood (Wokingham)

Mary Robinson (Cheadle)

Andrew Rosindell (Romford)

Henry Smith (Crawley)

Ben Spencer (Runnymede and Weybridge)

Desmond Swayne (New Forest West)

Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)

Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling)

Matt Vickers (Stockton South)

Christian Wakeford (Bury South)

Charles Walker (Broxbourne)

Jamie Wallis (Bridgend)

David Warburton (Conservative – Somerton and Frome)

William Wragg (Conservative – Hazel Grove)

Jeremy Wright (Conservative – Kenilworth and Southam)

Another two Tory MPs, Steve Baker and Robert Syms, acted as narrators for MPs who voted against the measures.

The vote means that most areas of England will now start the New Year on one of the toughest two tiers, with a ban on indoor mixing and strict hospitality controls.

Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been designated for the lightest Tier 1 restrictions.

Earlier, when campaigning for his troubled party, Mr Johnson insisted the government was "sensitive" to local situations – suggesting areas with low infection rates will no longer be merged with other nearby hotspots.

He said the next review on December 16 will be conducted on the basis of "as many detailed details as possible". "We will try to be as sensitive as possible to local efforts and local successes," he said.

The MP said the whips had worked hard during the day to reassure high-constituency Conservatives that they would be downgraded within weeks while London pushed Tories for a private commitment not to upgrade the city to Tier 3.

But Sir Keir warned Conservative MPs that their downgrade hopes will be dashed as Tier 2 will "fight" to contain infection and Mr. Johnson always "over-promises and under-delivers". "That won't happen," he wiped off.

The Prime Minister also tried to allay the fears of the hospitality backbench companies by announcing that "wet" pubs that make a living on drinks will be eligible for £ 1,000 payments to get through this month.

Many Tories remained angry when ministers eventually released an impact assessment of the measures only to find that it did not contain any new details. Mark Harper, ringleader of the rebels, said the "wheels would break away from politics".

The government is assumed to have another dashboard that provides more detailed information on 40 sectors of the economy. Sources rejected the idea that it was "secret", saying that it only contains material that is already "publicly available" – although they insisted it not be published.

A disgruntled MP told MailOnline, "The reason it isn't published is because it supports our case, not theirs."

Mr. Johnson explained his case that the new regional levels are “imperative” and emphasized, “This is not another lockdown. Nor is this the renewal of existing measures in England.

“The levels I am proposing would mean that starting tomorrow, anyone in England, including those in Tier 3, can leave their homes for whatever reason.

"And when they do that, they'll find that the shops are open for Christmas, the hairdressers are open, the nail bars are open, gyms, leisure centers, and swimming pools are open."

Challenged by a number of MPs – including former Cabinet Secretary Greg Clark, who represents Tunbridge Wells – for the harsh treatment of their areas, Mr Johnson said: “Going forward, the government will look at how we can think as closely as possible to the reality what is happening locally for the local people, the incidence of the disease, the human geography and spread of the pandemic, and the advances the areas are making in fighting the virus.

"We will try to be as sensitive as possible to local efforts and local successes to bring the pandemic under control."

He added, "We will be investigating the local incidents in detail, examining the human geography of the pandemic and carefully considering what happens every two weeks as I say."

Mr Johnson also targeted Labor "having no credible plan" to fight the coronavirus.

He said, “We are trying to run pubs, restaurants and shops across the country and no one feels the fear of these companies more than this government.

“However, I find it extraordinary that, despite the criticism we have, we do not have a credible plan from the opposing party; in fact, we have no view of the way forward.

"It's a pretty extraordinary thing that tonight (Sir Keir), who said he would always act in the national interest, told his party to sit on their hands and abstain from the vote tonight."

Despite his appeals, Mr. Johnson still faced a series of hostile interventions from his own banks over draconian restrictions that will leave 99 percent of England below the toughest two levels as of tomorrow.

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker, one of the rebel leaders, was among the government's opponents.

He said Not having to vote tonight to send a message to ministers, he added: "People like me have been looking not just for economic analysis, but serious analysis of these harms and benefits that come from government policies related to coronavirus."

He continued, “Here we are at a deeply dangerous moment and we are encountering violations of our immunizations and testing freedoms that we would normally never tolerate. So this evening I have to vote no with great reluctance to send a message to the government. & # 39;

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Tory Committee, was among those who condemned the phased plan.

He said the Trafford district in its Altrincham and Sale constituency had been rated "unfairly" Tier 3. "I think the government did not bring this compelling case," he said. "The upside of the doubt that this house was extended in March and since then is more difficult."

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