Birmingham heading for a tighter second lockdown? How the three-tier rules could hit the city


Residents of Birmingham, the Midlands and the UK are awaiting news of the government’s latest response to the surge in coronavirus cases. Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull and – more recently – Wolverhampton are already subject to local restrictions prohibiting people from having social contact in their homes and gardens.

But rising Covid-19 rates have prompted Boris Johnson to prepare tough new measures to be announced on Monday.

A three-tier, traffic light-style coronavirus lockout system is expected to be unveiled.

But what could the rules mean for Birmingham and other parts of the Midlands?

Mr Johnson will designate a level at each local authority. Depending on how the levels are supposed to be structured, here’s what it might look like.

Social distancing measures on Kings Heath High Street

Level 1

The BBC reported that areas with less than 100 cases per 100,000 population will be at level 1.

These areas will have to comply with current national restrictions on the “rule of six” and wearing masks, as well as observe 10pm curfews in pubs, bars and restaurants.

Based on the latest R rate figures in the Midlands, the following local authority areas would be at level 1.

South Staffordshire 96.1

Rugby 95,5

Stratford-on-Avon 94.5

Hinckley et Bosworth 88,4

Cannock Chase 84.4

Wolverhampton 84,3

Worcester 82.0

Dudley 81.2

Lichfield 81.1

Tamworth 80.8

Staffordshire Moorlands 78,2

Stoke-on-Trent 74.9

Warwick 73.7

North Warwickshire 70,5

East Staffordshire 68,5

Nuneaton et Bedworth 65,4

Redditch 63.3

Telford et Wrekin 60,0

Level 2

According to the BBC, Level 2 is believed to be effective when cases are greater than 100 per 100,000.

Based on the latest R rates, these areas of the Midlands – including Birmingham – would fall into this category:

Coventry 117.1

Sandwell 121.8

Stafford 123.1

Charnwood 125.4

Bromsgrove 129.2

Solihull 130.8

Walsall 138.0

Newcastle-under-Lyme 146,0

Leicester 146,5

Birmingham 167,2

In addition to observing the same national rules as Level 1, Level 2 areas are expected to face restrictions similar to those currently imposed in parts of the north of England.

Pubs, bars, and restaurants would remain open but you won’t be able to meet people you don’t live with, unless they are in your supportive bubble, in any public place.

This includes pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as places of worship, community centers, places of recreation and entertainment, or tourist attractions and parks. This also includes the outdoor areas of these places (like a beer garden) and the areas directly outside, such as the sidewalk or the road.

This applies to site visits inside and outside the affected areas.

You would also not be able to visit friends or family in nursing homes, except in exceptional circumstances.

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Level 3

Level 3 areas are said to have the highest coronavirus rates and face more comprehensive lockdowns – excluding schools, essential businesses such as supermarkets and places of worship.

It is not yet known where the dividing line between levels 2 and 3 is.

But nowhere in the Midlands reaching levels well above 100 cases per 100,000 so far, could all of the Midlands remain at level 2.

Level 3 measures should include the mandatory closure of reception areas such as pubs and restaurants, while mixing with other households in any location will not be allowed.

Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 2,532 new cases registered in the seven days to October 6 – the equivalent of 760.6 cases per 100,000 people.

That’s a huge jump of 158.3 per 100,000 in seven days as of September 29.

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Knowsley has the second highest rate, which rose from 391.1 to 657.6, with 992 new cases.

Liverpool are in third place, where the rate has also risen sharply, from 419.0 to 599.9 with 2,988 new cases.

Other areas recording big jumps in their seven-day rates include Manchester (from 421.6 to 524.7, with 2,901 new cases); Newcastle upon Tyne (from 355.7 to 516.1, with 1,563 new cases); Exeter (from 79.9 to 438.3, with 576 new cases); and Sheffield (171.2 to 426.8, with 2,496 new cases).

The list is based on data from Public Health England released on Friday October 9.

Reacting to the surge in Covid-19 cases in Nottingham, Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East, said: ‘The inconsistent messages from the government, the decision to reopen universities before they are safe and the system fiasco privatized test and trace have it all I’m talking to City Council about how we can work together to better protect Nottingham residents.

“I have also contacted the Secretary of State and Public Health England, asking to discuss further local lockdown measures. I think tighter restrictions need to be announced imminently, along with a serious plan to protect jobs in the city. ”

Ms Whittome added: ‘I’m also concerned that new regulations will likely not be implemented until next week, allowing more people to be infected over the weekend. This is a totally irresponsible approach to introduce new measures. “

But some board executives are opposed to the expected restrictions, saying it will seriously affect the hospitality industry.

Bars, restaurants and cafes were packed in Manchester on Friday as revelers enjoyed a night out before likely closing.

West Yorkshire Council leaders have warned of a ‘devastating’ effect on towns and city centers, while Newcastle Council chief Nick Forbes said a tougher crackdown would be a “travesty of justice” and Gateshead council chief Martin Gannon said it would be “counterproductive”.

The government has said it will pay two-thirds of the wages of workers in any business forced to close, which has met with mixed reactions.

Critics said the hospitality industry had been “overlooked” and “harassed” amid fears companies would not return from a second lockdown.

Gateshead Council Chief Martin Gannon told the PA News Agency: “Despite three settlements in 10 days and the resulting mixed messages, there is evidence that, excluding higher education students (which is a national problem), new cases are starting to stabilize.

“We need more time, clearer messages and more government support. ”

When asked if that means they oppose plans to close pubs and restaurants in the North, he said: “We believe the current measures can work without further damage by shutting down hospitality.

“If the government ignores us, we will ask for a substantial financial package to support businesses and workers. ”

Sir Richard Leese, head of the Manchester Council, said the evidence suggested that, aside from students, the virus was most likely to spread in households and that pubs, bars and restaurants were not the main sources transmission.

He said the measures, including the 10pm curfew, were having a “very negative impact” on the economy.

Sir Richard added: “New measures risk posing an existential threat to many of our businesses and the people who work in them. ”

Greater Manchester’s nighttime economics advisor Sacha Lord said he had not received any statistics on the spread of the coronavirus in bars and restaurants.

He said: “We keep saying ‘show us the science’ and if they show us the science, of course we will absolutely work with them because we want the R-rate to go down, and if that means shutting down, we will close to help the R rate go down, but the support package must be there. ”

Mr. Lord said targeting the hospitality industry was “cheap and easy” for the government to do.

He added: ‘They forgot that we are the fifth largest industry in the UK, they forgot that we invested £ 70 billion in the economy last year.

“It’s a cheap title, it looks like they’re doing something, but it’s actually completely reckless. ”

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Frank McKenna, of the Liverpool Downtown in Business networking group, said: “I think the industry sector itself feels like it has been chosen as it has gone way beyond Most regards to ensure it is safe and spent for Covid in some cases. , thousands of pounds.

“Of course, they feel discriminated against and not even consulting the companies before introducing these measures is quite outrageous. ”

He said over the past few days he had spoken to around 40 hotel business owners and around a quarter were considering closing if there was another lockdown.

During a briefing for MPs from the North of England and the Midlands on Thursday, England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty spoke of figures showing that pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes represent 30% of “common exposure parameters”, according to a preliminary analysis. Contact Tracing by Public Health England.


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