London has returned to the “high” level of restrictions now that England’s national lockdown has ended.
Tier allocations were confirmed by Matt Hancock on November 26, with the majority of the country placed under the first two tiers: Tier 2 – “high” and Tier 3 – “very high”.
The new tier system was passed by 291 votes to 78 in the House of Commons on December 1, just hours before the national lockdown ended. Although it was a success for the Prime Minister, 55 Tory rebels voted against the measures. 16 other Tories abstained after voicing concerns about the tougher tier system ahead of the vote. This marks the biggest rebellion in the post of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The toughened measures mean millions of households are unable to mingle indoors, and Londoners will only be able to drink alcohol in pubs and restaurants that serve ‘substantial food’.
Mr Hancock made the announcement to Parliament in accordance with the Covid-19 ‘winter plan’, set out by Mr Johnson, which intends to end the restrictions in the spring.
But the premier told ministers the tier system could end in just nine weeks, after facing mounting pressure from more than 100 MPs opposed to the restrictions.
In addition, despite the measures adopted, the Prime Minister’s speech was repeatedly interrupted, with MPs from both parties criticizing areas with low infection rates being placed at high levels due to his regional approach.
Mr Johnson said: As we move forward, and I believe so very sincerely, the government will look at how we can reflect as closely as possible the reality of what is happening on the ground, looking at the impact of disease, human geography. and spread of the virus. ”
However, despite promises of hopeful ‘granularity’ among backbenchers, Opposition Leader Sir Keir Starmer argued that it is highly unlikely ‘that anything will change drastically in the past. over the next two weeks.
In a letter to Tory MPs, the prime minister said he would allow the House of Commons to vote on the new levels at the end of January, saying the regulations “will end on February 3”.
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London entered Level 2, despite the fact that large swathes of the Midlands, North East and North West are in the more restrictive Level 3.
Whitehall sources have previously said The telegraph that London would be at Level 2 after the lockdown despite signs that infection rates were starting to drop.
The most recent, most comprehensive data showed that the infection rate had fallen to 182 per 100,000 population for the period November 14-20, from 196 the week before.
As of November 25, the daily number of new people testing positive for Covid-19 was 2,503.