Johnson is now chairing a meeting of the Cobra government emergency committee to discuss the new measures.
But not everything has been finalized yet and it is quite possible that at the end of the day, the exact details of what is happening in some places are still not resolved. Here are some indications that it is not yet concluded.
We made it clear [to government] We do not believe that the recently announced vacation program is adequate and that businesses in the region, especially in the hotel sector and those that serve it, will be damaged and many of them will suffer long term damage or close permanently .
- Joe Anderson, the mayor of the city of Liverpool, posted a message on Twitter this morning accusing the government of “leveling down”. He also said he would continue to defend local businesses.
- Sir Richard Leese, the head of Manchester City Council, said on the Today program that Manchester still opposes measures that could lead to the closure of its pubs. Manchester was different from Liverpool, he said. (Liverpool agree to their pubs being closed.) Leese told the program:
We had a meeting with the government on Friday. They have not been able to show us data linking bars and pubs in Greater Manchester to transmission of the Covid-19 virus. They were unable to provide any proof that their closure will work. Our own data – we have data finely collected by our own public health directors – seems to demonstrate that there is no link, or no particular link, between bars and restaurants and the transmission of Covid-19 .
- Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, told the Today program that even if the Prime Minister announced a three-tier system, local leaders in the worst-affected areas would be able to add further restrictions.. He said that in the very high risk level there would be “greater latitude for local leaders, working with the national government, to impose appropriate restrictions to control this virus.”
Here is the agenda for the day.
9h: Sir Keir Starmer hosts his LBC phone.
11am: Professor Jonathan Van Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, is expected to have said during a coronavirus data briefing.
12h: Downing Street is expected to hold its daily lobby briefing.
12h15: Vaughan Gething, the Welsh Minister of Health, holds the Welsh Government’s regular coronavirus briefing.
12h15: The Scottish government is to hold its regular coronavirus briefing.
14h30: Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office, and Sir Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary in the Department of Health, testify before the Commons Public Accounts Committee on the provision of ventilators.
After 3:30 p.m.: Boris Johnson issues statement to MPs on new local Covid alert levels.
At 18h: Johnson is scheduled to hold a press conference.
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