London and Other Regions with New Restrictions

Daniel Fowler
October 18, 2020

Household mixing will be banned in London as of midnight on Friday after Boris Johnson's United Kingdom government said that the English capital would be moved into the "high" Covid-19 tier amid rising new infections, the capital's members of parliament have been told.

"Level two is maximum restrictions and a maximum squeeze on revenue and no support".

The move was announced by the country's health secretary, Matt Hancock, on Thursday.

In his message to Londoners, the minister added: "Thank you for what you've done to suppress this virus once".

The government has said it is also talking with leaders of other parts of northern England where COVID-19 infection rates are high.

"Nobody wants to see more restrictions but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners", he told London's City Hall.

However, the scale of the COVID-19 crisis in London is still far below that of hotspots in the North and Midlands. Thousands of lives were lost and our economy has been left reeling.

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He said the decision was based on "expert public health and scientific advice" about what is necessary to save lives in the city.

Labour shadow minister and London's Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said the new restrictions would keep businesses open "in name only" as he called for more economic support.

Under new rules set out by Boris Johnson on Monday those in any of the city's boroughs, including Bromley and Bexley , can not meet in their homes or venues like pubs and restaurants unless they are part of the same "support bubble".

Liverpool was recently placed at Tier 3 and Greater Manchester and Lancashire are expected to be placed under the same restrictions shortly. There is also guidance against travelling in and out of the area.

London will move from tier 1 to tier 2, or from "medium" to "high" alert, from 12:00am on Saturday under the new tiered system announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week.

Most of the country is on medium alert in Tier 1, which means areas are subject to the national restrictions now in force, including the rule of six on indoor and outdoor gatherings and 10 pm closing time for pubs, bars and restaurants.

"In addition to the restrictions already in place, this would mean different households in London not being allowed to mix indoors", he said.

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