Thousands of Brits will have some coronavirus restrictions lifted under new three tier system
THOUSANDS of Brits will have some coronavirus restrictions lifted under the new three tier system announced overnight.
The Prime Minister last night unveiled the plan aiming to simplify the various restrictions already in place across the country in the fight against the deadly bug.
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But in some areas of Manchester and the North East that were on strict lockdowns, the "tougher" new rules will actually be more lenient.
Previously, local areas like Salford and Oldham in Greater Manchester along with areas including Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, County Durham, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland were told not to meet with people in gardens.
However, the regions have now been brought into line with the tier 2 restrictions, which mean garden parties with groups of six or less are back on.
The guidance for areas in the "high" category reads: "You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)."
It comes as…
- The Prime Minister last night said the rising number of cases were 'flashing like warnings in a jet'
- 17million people were put into the two highest tiers
- Chris Whitty warned Tier 3 was not enough to stop the spread of coronavirus
- The number of workers who've lost jobs since March has hit 673,000 due to the impact of coronavirus
- Another 13,972 Brits test positive for coronavirus overnight and 50 more lose their lives
Previously, Salford locals have been warned: "You must not socialise with people you do not live with in private homes or gardens."
One jaded Brit tweeted: "I'll give it a week before they have add Tier 4 and a month before Tier 5.
"Thanks to the new system we now have less restrictions despite rising cases and hospital admissions in Manchester. Wonderful."
Another added: "People will be able to meet families in gardens for first time since August.
"Assuming this is true it means that the "new" "tougher" restrictions for Manchester will actually be less strict than what is already in place with the local lockdown."
Oldham West and Royton MP Jim McMahon yesterday tweeted after speaking with Health Secretary Matt Hancock, saying Greater Manchester was being placed on Tier 2 meaning household restrictions were in place on meeting indoors in any setting, but not outdoors.
He added: “Pubs remain open. Oldham will be removed from its enhanced lockdown measures and brought into line with GM at last."
Oldham has been living under stronger restrictions than other areas of Greater Manchester since the middle of August.
According to the latest figures, the infection rate in Manchester is now at 477 cases per 100,000 people – down from 582 a week ago.
Overall, there were 2,641 cases in Manchester in the week ending October 8.
Liverpool City Region was last night put under the highest category – tier 3.
The tough restrictions mean from Wednesday people in Liverpool and Merseyside won't be allowed to mix with other households anywhere indoors, or in private gardens.
And pubs and bars will be closed, but restaurants will be allowed to stay open.
Pubs which serve "substantial" meals will be able to stay open.
Betting shops, gyms and casinos will also be told to close.
Yesterday, another 13,972 cases of coronavirus were reported in the past 24 hours across the UK with another 50 fatalities recorded.
HIGH ALERT: Local alert levels
BORIS Johnson last night announced his new plan to control the spread of coronavirus with a three-tier system.
All areas in England, excluding those listed below, will be on the medium level.
Very High Level
Liverpool City Region
- St Helens
- Cheshire West and Chester
- Cheshire East
- High Peak, the wards of:
- St John's
- Old Glossop
- Howard Town
- Hadfield South
- Hadfield North
- Blackburn with Darwen
- South Tyneside
- North Tyneside
- Redcar and Cleveland
- Oadby and Wigston
- Nottingham City
Last night the PM rejected the idea of a full national lockdown, saying he did not "want to go down that extreme route right now".
Acknowledging the growing number of infections across the UK, he said: "These figures are flashing at us like dashboard warnings in a passenger jet and we must act now."
Speaking flanked by Rishi Sunak and Professor Chris Whitty, he said he wanted to avoid more drastic nationwide measures, saying: "No one, least of all me, wants to impose these erosions of our personal living."
He added: "The British people have the resolve to beat this virus and together we will do just that."
But Professor Chris Whitty issued a stark warning as he revealed the Tier 3 restrictions "will not be sufficient" to bring coronavirus rates down.
The Chief Medical Officer for England said we are "going to have to do more – significantly more".
Prof Whitty explained local councils would have to bring in more measures for the "very high" regions, saying: "The idea we can do this without causing harm is an illusion, and every country is struggling with this.
"It is a balancing act between two harms: a harm for society and the economy on the one hand and a harm for health on the other hand."
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