Government to introduce full social lockdown if Covid numbers don’t decline

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A total social lockdown for London and parts of the North could be considered if Covid infection rates do not decline.

Pubs, restaurants and bars would be forced to close for at least two weeks and households would be banned from meeting in any indoor location under the new emergency plan.

Offices where employees cannot work from home would remain open, as well as schools.

Full social lockdown for London and parts of the North could be considered if Covid infection rates do not decrease

Pubs, restaurants and bars would be forced to close for at least two weeks under proposed new measures

Pubs, restaurants and bars would be forced to close for at least two weeks under proposed new measures

The social foreclosure measures were among the plans presented to the UK government last week, according to a Times report.

However, the group’s ministers, led by the prime minister, had rejected them, fearing negative reactions from Tory MPs and members of the public.

What are the proposed social foreclosure measures?

The proposed social lockdowns include ordering all bars, pubs and restaurants to close for two weeks or more.

People from separate households would no longer be able to mix in indoor locations.

Government insiders have said the first full social lockdowns will likely be imposed in Merseyside and the North East, while Greater Manchester and other towns in the North West are also under threat.

London also faces full social lockdown if Covid-19 cases continue to rise rapidly.

“The nation and the party weren’t ready for us to go any further last week,” a government source told the publication.

“There wasn’t a broad enough understanding of the magnitude of Wave 2.

“Unlike the first lockdown, no one has yet seen images of body bags on television in Spain or France, which has had a very powerful effect. You have to take people with you.

“Stricter measures on social interaction will have to come, however. They are inevitable in some parts if you look at the numbers.

Emergency measures could be imposed in Covid-19 hotspots, including Merseyside and the northeast, as early as this week.

Liverpool recorded 146.3 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people last week, up from 95.8 the previous week, while South Tyneside recorded 137.8 cases per 100,000 last week, up from 86.

London could also be placed under total social lockdown if infection rates continue to rise, a government figure describing the fate of the capital as “at stake”, the Times reported.

Downing Street is hoping to avoid a nationwide social lockdown as infection rates remain low in the south-west and south-east of the country outside London.

Another conservative source said Michael Gove was the main spokesperson for new social restrictions, while Chancellor Rishi Sunak leads the opposing group in the cabinet as he strives to keep the economy as low as possible. opened.

It comes as new local lockdowns, new restrictions and tough new fines for not self-isolating come into effect in parts of the UK on Monday.

Social lockdown measures are said to be part of plans presented to UK government last week

Social lockdown measures are said to be part of plans presented to UK government last week

People across England will be legally required to self-isolate from this week if they test positive for the coronavirus or are contacted by the testing and tracing service.

If they don’t, they risk facing further fines starting at £ 1,000 and increasing to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders or serious infractions, the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) has said. .

The DHSC also said police would check for compliance in areas of highest incidence and in high-risk groups based on “local intelligence.”

Downing Street is hoping to avoid a nationwide social lockdown as infection rates remain low in the south-west and south-east of the country outside London.  Above, after work drinkers enjoy a pint outside the Market Porter pub in Borough Market

Downing Street is hoping to avoid a nationwide social lockdown as infection rates remain low in the south-west and south-east of the country outside of London. Above, after work drinkers enjoy a pint outside the Market Porter pub in Borough Market

High-profile and “blatant” non-compliance will be investigated and prosecuted, while action will be taken in the event of “third party” reporting of people who have tested positive but are not. self-insulating, added the DHSC.

But low-income people who cannot work from home and have lost their income as a result will also be eligible for a new support payment of £ 500, he added.

Under the new rules in England, wedding ceremonies will also be limited to 15 people.

Meanwhile, three more South Wales council areas will enter local lockdowns from 6 p.m. on Monday, the Welsh government said.

Neath Port Talbot, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan will be covered by the restrictions, meaning people will not be able to enter or exit the areas without a reasonable excuse.

Police will conduct spot checks and act on whistleblowers to enforce the new strict Covid-19 self-isolation rules from today.

People who have been ordered to quarantine after a positive contact test for the virus face a knock on the door from officers to verify that they are not leaving their homes.

It comes amid a growing revolt by Tory MPs over how Boris Johnson’s government is violating freedoms with restrictions to tackle the pandemic.

Signaling a harsh crackdown, Home Secretary Priti Patel warned last night that ministers “will not allow those who break the rules to reverse the hard-won progress by the law-abiding majority.”

As of today, people across England are required by law to quarantine for ten days if they test positive for Covid-19 or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Those who do not self-isolate – or employers who force staff to report for work – will be fined up to £ 10,000.

Police will be used to “check compliance” with the rules and investigate allegations by informants that someone who should be in quarantine is ignoring the requirement.

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