Most London and Home counties will be placed under Tier 2 restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2, while Kent and Sloaf, which have high rates of infection, are being placed in the highest Tier 3.
The announcement was made by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who said the level would be reviewed in a fortnight and “then it will be reviewed regularly”.
He told the Commons: “Most of England will be in Tier 2, but there are a lot of terrible areas, I’m afraid it needs to be in Tier 3 to bring the case rate.
The move was welcomed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who said it comes as a welcome growth in London’s economy.
“The decision will be a welcome boost to London’s shops, businesses and hospitality venues that were forced to close as Christmas preparations began. Businesses in London have worked hard to make their premises covid-safe, and I’m really happy.” Is able to open their doors again, ”said London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
“While I welcome the government’s decision to place London in Tier 2, I am very disappointed that the government is sticking to certain measures that do more harm than good.
Here is the full list with confirmation of which areas ITV News London is in:
Tier 2 – High alert
East of England
Tier 3: Very high warning
Many businesses in London and Square Mile will now breathe a sigh of relief that they will be able to trade in part until Christmas as a result of this decision.
“As we look to the new year, companies in the city urgently need clarification on when workers’ fees can be returned to covid-safe workplaces,” he said. This is important to keep the economy functioning as much as possible and save livelihoods. We also need a prosperous economy to pay the large amount of support provided at this time.
The reason for the government to keep the following areas in Tier 3 in the South East is:
Sloff: “The weekly case rate in Sloaf is much higher than the surrounding areas at 320 people per 100,000, compared to 155 per 100,000 in the rest of Berkshire and 138 in Buckinghamshire. The positivity of the test is also much higher at 12%.”
Kent and Medway: “Case rates have been high and rising steadily in the last seven days with huge increase in case rates in almost all areas. Some of the highest case rates in the country are currently found in Kent.
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