The UK government does not want to revert to a “general national lockdown,” UK Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Sunday ahead of the planned announcement of new restrictions for England.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a statement in Parliament on Monday to announce new restrictions following a record rise in coronavirus infections across the country.
Although Jenrick did not provide specific details on the new measures, several British media have been briefed by the government over the past week on the possible introduction of a ‘three tier’ restriction system – the zones the most affected being the most severe. measures.
Jenrick, who also holds the wallets for communities and local governments, said the government will work very closely with local authorities.
The number of cases is increasing across the UK but it is highly concentrated at the moment in parts of the North East, North West and other cities like Nottingham. [in the central England]Said Jenrick, defending the government’s regional approach to foreclosure.
“It’s right that we try to pursue a localized approach and that’s what we did, and that’s the conversation I had with local mayors and council leaders over this weekend.” , did he declare.
Localized restrictions: Parts of northern England are already subject to stricter restrictions than the rest of the country, including a ban on mixing households, limiting hospitality to table service only, and enforcing a closure at 10 p.m. for places of entertainment and recreation.
Wide restrictions: All of England is already subject to a ‘rule of six’, which means that no more than six people from different households are allowed to mix.
New frame: He said “in addition to simple national rules, we have a framework for there to be a certain degree of consistency in these local lockdowns. “
He added that the government is working closely with local leaders and asked them if there are “specific measures that they believe would be effective in their communities and that we could support them and help us fight the virus. “.
The government must work closely with local authorities: Asked whether the government will cede control of the widely criticized contact tracing system called track and trace to local authorities, Jenrick said the government will work very closely with local authorities.
“So, in addition to the national infrastructure which is growing and increasing every week, we will also be using the local councils to do the contact tracing, as it is clear that the local councils are good at this as you would expect. you, ”he said.