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New restrictions to be announced for parts of England ‘within days’

New restrictions to be announced for parts of England ‘within days’
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New restrictions to be announced for parts of England ‘within days’


 

 

 

New restrictions to be announced for parts of England ‘within days’

 

New measures to tackle coronavirus are to be announced “in the coming days”, a minister says, after the BBC was told pubs and restaurants could be closed in the worst-affected areas of England.

There could also be a ban on overnight stays away from home in the locations – which include the North and Midlands.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the government was “currently considering what steps to take”.

A three-tier system for local lockdowns is also likely to be announced.

Under the system, different parts of the country would be placed in different categories – although ministers are still discussing the precise details of the toughest level of restrictions over the next couple of days.

A final decision on the time period or extent of potential closures has not yet been made and a formal announcement is not likely to come until Monday, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said.

It comes as North of England and Midlands MPs have been briefed by health ministers and chief medical officer Chris Whitty about the latest coronavirus data.

The number of people in the UK to have tested positive for coronavirus rose by 17,540 – an increase of 3,378 on Wednesday’s figures – with a further 77 deaths reported.

The Labour mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, told the BBC: “If it’s urgent, give us the detail, give us the evidence behind the proposals. Let’s discuss it and let’s agree it quickly.”

 

Meanwhile, Labour has challenged the government to publish the scientific evidence behind the 22:00 BST closing time for pubs and restaurants in England.

Leader Sir Keir Starmer said his party would not be “voting down” the measure in the Commons next Tuesday but the policy “needs to be reformed”

 

 


Post by: Shauna Herts


 

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