- London adds tighter restrictions on coronaviruses from midnight Friday.
- The government broke the news to MPs in the English capital on Thursday morning and the British Health Secretary then confirmed it in the House of Commons.
- Mixing of households should be banned indoors as part of the UK capital’s entry into the ‘high’ level of restrictions – the second highest level under a new three-tier system for l ‘England.
- ‘High’ COVID-19 restrictions have also been placed on the English areas of Barrow & Furness, York, NE Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield.
- London Mayor Sadiq Khan had been pushing for the city to go from “medium” to “high” amid rising infection rates.
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Home mixing will be banned in London from midnight on Friday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced that rising levels of infections in the UK capital meant it had to be moved into the ‘high’ level of COVID-19 restrictions.
Speaking in Parliament on Thursday morning, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said more localized restrictions were needed in London and elsewhere to stop the “exponential” growth in infections.
“In London infection rates are on an upward slope, with the number of cases doubling every ten days,” Hancock said.
“We must act now to avoid the need for more stringent measures later. ”
At midnight on Friday, Londoners will be banned from mingling with other households in homes and other indoor environments, including reception areas, after the UK government has agreed with London Mayor Sadiq Khan that the city needed tighter restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The same levels of additional restrictions were also imposed on the English regions, the towns of Barrow & Furness, York, NE Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield, Hancock confirmed.
UK Health Minister Helen Whately first broke news of restrictions in the capital to MPs in London during a call Thursday morning.
Under the new rules, residents of the capital and other affected areas will be allowed to continue visiting pubs, bars and restaurants, but only with people from the same household. Home blending will still be permitted in outdoor environments, including beer gardens.
In a statement, Khan welcomed the new restrictions, but called on the national government to provide more support for businesses in the capital.
“There are no good options. I know these additional restrictions will force Londoners to make even more sacrifices, but the disastrous failure of the testing, tracing and isolation system leaves us little choice, ”he said in a statement.
“I am well aware that these restrictions will have an even greater impact on businesses in our city, which is why the government must immediately offer greater financial support to affected businesses and local authorities, as well as vulnerable Londoners who have a hard time getting by. . ”
Khan has been pushing for London’s alert status to be changed from ‘medium’ to ‘high’ under England’s new three-tier coronavirus restriction system and had a meeting with the UK Health Secretary on Wednesday Matt Hancock and UK Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.
London was placed in the less serious – ‘average’ – category when Johnson unveiled the new multi-tiered government system for the enforcement of local lockdowns earlier this week.
Although the number of infections and hospitalizations in the capital is not as high as in the north of England, they have increased exponentially, with Khan warning earlier this week that the virus was spreading “so rapidly “. The move affects around 9 million people who live in the capital.
The UK government is also set to move Greater Manchester and Lancashire to the most serious level – “very high” – as the number of coronavirus cases in northern England continues to rise.