After a month of general lockdown ending on December 2, England will return to locally imposed restrictions based on the incidence of the virus, according to a three-tier system.
“I understand the impact of these measures, but they are necessary given the scale of the threat we face,” said Health Minister Matt Hancock, stressing that local restrictions will be stricter than before the lockdown. the purpose of “keeping the virus under control”.
All over England, non-essential stores will be able to reopen, and telework will continue to be recommended.
But in areas with the highest alert levels, such as Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Leeds (23 million people in total), pubs and restaurants will remain closed and can be packaged and delivered. Meetings between people from different households, both indoors and in open spaces, except in parks, will be prohibited.
In London, as in most of England (32 million people), the risk is considered “high” (level 2): pubs and restaurants can serve food, and meetings will be limited to six people outside.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the end of the lockdown but was disappointed that the government was maintaining certain measures, such as those for bars.
Only three areas, representing 1.27% of the British population, were placed at the “middle” alert level: Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly.
Residents in the areas where the restrictions are most severe will be tested en masse, the result being provided within an hour.
Earlier this week, the government announced a “truce” for Christmas, authorizing the reunion of up to three families for five days between December 23 and 27.
The United Kingdom, where every region like England sets its own health strategy, is the saddest country in Europe with more than 57,000 deaths and 1.5 million positive cases.