Tory MPs have voiced their concern over the tier system and have even stated they will not support the measures when it is voted on in the Commons next week. Tories have demanded to see the scientific evidence behind the party’s decision to return to a tier system with up to 70 MPs ready to vote against the Government. The majority of the country will be in either Tier 2 or 3 from next week, although figures show only a minority of areas have seen a rise in cases.
In the highest level of restrictions, hospitality venues are closed while you cannot meet socially indoors or in many outdoor areas with someone who is not in your support bubble, despite England having spent four weeks in lockdown.
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Politicians in Lancashire were among the first to express their concern after the entire county was placed into Tier 3 restrictions.
While areas such as Rochdale have a high case rate, others have continued to fall.
Rochdale is registering 287.3 per 100,000 while Liverpool is now recording 109.
Liverpool also has one of the lowest triage rates per 100,000 which was one of the factors in the Government’s decision-making process on the tier system.
In a statement Health Secretary, Matt Hancock stated the reasoning was: case rate in all age groups, case detection rates in the over 60s, the rate at which cases are falling or rising, positivity rate and the pressure on the NHS.
Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, had also expressed his hope the area will move into Tier 2 restriction in the coming weeks.
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Three Labour MPs for Leicester, Claudia Webbe, Liz Kendall and Jonathan Ashworth said: “The news that Leicester will go into tier three – on top of the 150 days of our extra lockdown – is extremely difficult to hear.
“The government must now spell out how we can get out of tier three, and the measures they will use to review Leicester’s position, to give people hope their sacrifices will make a difference.”
Steve Baker, who opposed the second lockdown in England, stated the new restrictions were appalling.
He leads the Conservative Covid Recovery Group of MPs who could cause Mr Johnson’s 80-seat majority to vanish in the vote next week.
Kent was also placed into Tier 3 restrictions despite the differing in case rates between certain areas.
Some boroughs such as Ashford are currently reporting 120 per 100,000 while Swale is registering 541.7 per 100,000.
In defence, the Government has claimed whole areas must be placed into the same Tier due to the proximity of the boroughs and local areas.
Restrictions will also be reviewed in two weeks which could see some areas moved to Tier 1.