The Prime Minister has announced details of the new three-tier local lockdown regime for England which would label regions as being on medium, high or very high alert.
- The medium level will cover most of the country and will include current social distancing measures such as the rule of six.
- The high level will prohibit all indoor mixing between households and support bubbles but allow gatherings under the rule of six in outdoor settings. Most areas already subject to local restrictions will fall under the high level.
- The very high will have a ‘baseline’ of measures prohibiting social mixing indoors and in private gardens, as well as closing bars and pubs. The Government will work with local authorities to determine whether addition restrictions are required.
Liverpool City Region will be place on the very high level from Wednesday.
The Prime Minister also said that the Government will provide about £1bn of new funding to local authorities across the UK on top of the £3.6bn Towns Fund.
For areas on “very high” alert, there will be further financial support for improved contract tracing.
The Prime Minister will be holding a special press conference later today.
The announcement followed an earlier press briefing by senior government scientific advisors during which it was confirmed that:
- Three Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland, and Harrogate have been asked to “mobilise”.
- There are already steep rises in the number of over-65s – and particularly over-85s – being admitted to hospital.
- More people are now in hospital with Covid-19 than before the first batch of lockdown restrictions were introduced in March.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam’s Op-Ed on the latest figures can be found here.