COVID-19: London and other parts of the south-east to switch to level 3 restrictions on Wednesday | Political news

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London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will pass the highest level of coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, they told MPs.

The move will see thousands of bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants close in and around the capital after Tuesday evening, with the exception of take out, delivery and click and collect services.

The Level 3 measures, announced to local MPs by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

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COVID-19 rates have worsened in and around London

As part of the level 3 measures, people should not socialize indoors, in private gardens or in most outdoor public places with people they do not live with or with whom they are not. in a support bubble.

The increased restrictions also mean that fans will likely be banned from football stadiums and other sporting venues again.

And theaters are also expected to close their doors.

However, the “rule of six” will allow people from different households to continue to meet in small groups outdoors in parks, public gardens, playgrounds or outdoor sports facilities.

Earlier Monday, London MPs were briefed on the worsening COVID-19 situation in the capital.

A London MP said there was “a lot of frustration” with no real answers to their questions.

It was “the same bleak outlook as last week’s meeting, except all the data is even worse, almost back to pre-lockdown levels,” they said.

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