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New three-tier lockdown system to be announced in England

New three-tier lockdown system to be announced in England

A new three-tier lockdown system is set to be announced in England later as COVID-19 cases rise sharply in many parts of the country.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation at 6pm, after updating MPs in the House of Commons on the new rules. On Monday morning, a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee was chaired by the Prime Minister to confirm the measures that will be taken.

In his address this evening, the Prime Minister is expected to be joined by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty. In his address, he is expected to say that regions will be classified as being on "medium", "high" or "very high" alert, and that the higher the level, the stricter the measures will be that are implemented.

While details are still to be confirmed, it is expected that gyms, casinos and pubs will be among businesses that could be impacted by new restrictions. 

The announcement of new restrictions will come following the implementation of new restrictions in Scotland last week, including the banning of indoor pubs in the country selling alcoholic beverages for at least two weeks.

 

When will the new restrictions be announced?

New restrictions are expected to be announced by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday afternoon in the House of Commons at approximately 15:30. The announcement will be shown live on parliamentlive.tv and will likely be broadcast by most major media outlets.

The Prime Minister will then deliver a statement from Downing Street in the evening, and this is expected to be broadcast around 18:00 local time.

 

"Deep disappointment at the inadequate proposals for travel restrictions"

The Welsh Government has said that during the meeting of the emergency Cobra committee on Monday morning, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford expressed "deep disappointment at the inadequate proposals for travel restrictions in high infection areas in England".

In Wales, many parts of the country are currently under localised restrictions. As part of the restrictions, people are not allowed to travel into or out of each local lockdown area without a reasonable excuse - such as for work or education. Mr Drakeford has previously called on the UK Government to introduce restrictions to reduce the number of people travelling from high infection areas in England to Wales, however, the UK Government has up to now refused to implement such measures. 

The First Minister said that the "inadequate proposals" would be met with "great dismay in many parts of Wales where infection rates are lower".

It is believed that Boris Johnson will announce measures that will impact some businesses including pubs, casinos and gyms, though no major travel restrictions are expected to be announced.

During the Cobra meeting, devolved leaders also welcomed proposals from the Treasury to provide financial support, but said that these proposals did not go far enough in protecting the lowest-paid workers. 

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