Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a statement to MPs on Monday, setting out new restrictions to slow down the spread of coronavirus in England. There, the Prime Minister is expected to outline the new three-tier local lockdown system. The three tiers are expected to be medium, high and very high and will be known as Local Covid Alert Levels.
A further 15,166 cases of coronavirus in the UK were reported on Saturday.
A letter from Mr Johnson’s chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister to MPs in the North West says it’s “very likely” certain areas will face stricter rules.
Sir Edward said the Government hoping to “finalise these details as soon as possible” amid “rising incidence in parts of the country”.
He added the Prime Minister thinks local leaders should “help shape the package of measures in the most concerning areas”.
According to Sky News, COVID-19 restrictions could be implemented as soon as Wednesday.
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The third tier could ask people to avoid social contact with anyone not part of the household.
Pubs, bars and restaurants are also likely to close if the alert level is raised to three on the system.
In his latest address, the Prime Minister called for “collective forbearance, common sense and willingness to make sacrifices” in the battle against coronavirus.
He said: ”If we put in the work together now then we give ourselves the best possible chance of avoiding that outcome and avoiding further measures.
“I know some people will think we should give up and let the virus take its course despite the huge loss of life that would potentially entail.
“I have to say I profoundly disagree. I don’t think that is what the British people want. I don’t think they want to throw in the sponge.
“They want to fight and defeat this virus and that is what we are going to do.”
Leaders in the north of England have criticised plans to close pubs and hospitality venues as part of a new system of coronavirus restrictions.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, help for a looming lockdown in the north of England is “insufficient”.
He said: “We were told yesterday the financial package that would accompany any new system of restrictions, as announced by the Chancellor yesterday afternoon, was final and non-negotiable.
“And I have to say, we cannot accept that. This package only appeared late in the day, and at the start of the week there was not going to be any financial package at all.
“Following pressure from mayors and other leaders that changed.
“But the analysis we have done of that package, and we’ve took time to digest what the Chancellor had said, the conclusion we have reached is this package is insufficient to protect our communities as we go into the rest of the autumn and the winter.”