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Discussions ongoing regarding Northern lockdown measures as other areas change tier

Discussions ongoing regarding Northern lockdown measures as other areas change tier

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told MPs that discussions are 'ongoing' regarding moving some areas from the 'high' to 'very high' tier of England's new local lockdown system.

Discussions have now been ongoing for days with Northern leaders, including those in Greater Manchester and Lancashire. It is understood that the Government wants to put all or some areas of the regions into Tier 3 measures, however, there are believed to be disagreements between the Government and local leaders on the implementation of measures and a potential financial package to support the areas.

It is understood that a call on Thursday morning between Downing Street and Greater Manchester leaders concluded with no agreement and further meetings are expected later today.

The Health Secretary told MPs in the Commons that other areas will be moving from the "medium" to "high" tier of the local lockdown system. Mr Hancock said he "didn't come into politics to put restrictions on people's lives", but said that action was needed and that delayed action would mean more deaths and "economic pain later".

The following areas are set to move into Tier 2 (high alert) measures from 00:01 on Saturday;

  • London
  • Essex
  • Elmbridge
  • Barrow in Furness
  • York
  • North East Derbyshire
  • Chesterfield 
  • Erewash

The main change in these areas will be that indoor inter-household mixing will be banned, though people will still be permitted to meet others outside, subject to adherence to the rule of six.

 

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