Last week, Boris Johnson launched a new three-tier lockdown system to help stunt the spread of coronavirus in local areas.
Since then the government have been in close discussion with local leaders in parts of the country where the second wave appears to be hitting the hardest.
It was announced last night that Greater Manchester is being forced to move to the Very High alert level, despite being unable to reach an agreement with the government. This means that:
- Pubs and bars must close
- Households can’t mix indoors or in most outdoor settings
- Travel in and out of the area is strongly advised against
Casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, adult gaming centres and soft play areas must also close, with these regulations set to come into effect in the early hours of Friday.
Further announcements have been made this morning to confirm that South Yorkshire is also moving to the highest lockdown tier.
As part of his announcement yesterday evening, the Prime Minister also outlined the ‘comprehensive package of support’ currently being put in place:
- The Job Support Scheme will pay part of the wages of those affected by business closures
- Up to £465 million has been made available to help local authorities implement and enforce restrictions - on top of the extra £1 billion of extra funding already being provided for all local authorities across the country
- Further work is to be done to allocate testing and introduce local contact tracing
Discussions are said to still be ongoing with local leaders in West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East concerning whether these areas also need to be moved to the Very High alert level. You can read the Prime Minister's full statement here.
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