Prime Minister’s Press Conference

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

The Prime Minister has this evening delivered a press conference with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

The Prime Minister’s full statements are linked below, along with further information.

The new three-tier local lockdown regime for England will label regions as being on medium, high or very high alert.

  • The medium level 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 (including in hospitality venues) 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.

The Liverpool City Region will be on the “very high” Covid alert level from Wednesday, with the closure of pubs, bars, betting shops, gyms, leisure centres and casinos.

Restaurants can continue to trade in very high risk areas – and pubs and bars which can operate as one.

People will be advised not to travel in and out of these areas other than for certain reasons including work, education, or if they are in transit.

Some areas such as Nottinghamshire, east and west Cheshire, and a small area of the High Peak will move into the “high alert” category – tier two.

The Prime Minister also said that the Government will provide about £1 billion of new funding to local authorities across the UK on top of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund.

The Chancellor told the press conference that the new Job Support Scheme was one major part of a three-part plan for the economy.  Other measures include a monthly cash grant for businesses forced to close by local restrictions, and £1.3 billion funding for the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations if they agree to introduce similar measures.

For areas on “very high” alert, there will be further financial support for improved contract tracing.

The measures will be kept under constant review, including a four-week sunset clause for interventions in “very high” areas.

The Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-commons-statement-on-coronavirus-12-october-2020

Prime Minister’s statement at press conference:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-12-october-2020

Full list of local COVID alert levels by area:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/full-list-of-local-covid-alert-levels-by-area

Details of the new alert levels:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know

Details of the Liverpool City Region “very high” alert level:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/liverpool-city-region-to-move-into-very-high-local-covid-alert-level-following-rise-in-coronavirus-infections

Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 12 October 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/slides-and-datasets-to-accompany-coronavirus-press-conference-12-october-2020

Slides from the NHS data briefing earlier on 12 October:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-data-briefing-12-october

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