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London Placed Under Tier 2 Coronavirus Lockdown From Midnight On Friday

Written by on October 15, 2020

Article Published on Thursday October 15, 2020 11:00 AM by

London Placed Under Tier 2 Coronavirus Lockdown From Midnight On Friday

Londoners will be banned from mixing indoors with anyone outside their household from midnight on Friday into Saturday, as the government escalated the capital’s coronavirus level to tier two.

The move means nearly nine million people will no longer be able to socialise in pubs and restaurants with anyone they do not live with.

London MPs were informed of the decision by the government in a conference call on Thursday morning.

Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, has been warning for some time that the rising infection rate in the city would mean stricter measures would be needed.

England’s three-tier system involves the country being put into different categories labelled as medium, high or very high risk.

The medium level maintains current national restrictions, the high level sees households banned from mixing indoors, while the third tier involves harsher restrictions including the closure of bars.

HuffPost UK understands that the new restrictions will include all of London and that no borough will be exempt. 

A government source said: “London escalation plan has always been to try to work with all boroughs together.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to the PM to ask for financial support for the capital

The news follows Liverpool being put into the highest alert level, tier three, with Manchester, which is currently in tier two, expected to follow suit. 

Ellie Reeves, the Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge was among the MPs on Thursday’s conference call. 

She tweeted: “Just got off the call with the minister. London will be moving to tier 2 at the weekend, with no mixing of households inside.”

Khan used a letter to the PM to call for a support package for London from the government, as local authorities will be expected to enforce new rules. 

It says: “It is vital London has the resources to engage, explain, encourage and enforce heightened restriction and support compliance. 

“One London borough has done some specific work to estimate the cost of providing that service for six months from November onward and it is £300k over and above the allocation that was recently made to councils for support to compliance.

“I am aware that these are discussions that have taken place with other areas that have had restrictions in place and London government would expect to have those discussions as well.”

Labour shadow minister and Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said the new restrictions in London would keep businesses open “in name only” because households would be banned from mixing as he called for more economic support.

“There are lots of restaurants, pubs, bars and other venues whose doors will be open but customers will just not be walking through the door,” he said.

“That’s why the government’s economic support for businesses needs to live up to the reality of the lockdown restrictions.”

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