British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new system for categorizing areas around the country as his government continues to plan its next steps in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Johnson announced his new system during a conference call at the House of Commons, explaining the system to the ministers present.
The system includes three levels and will take effect when England lifts its blockade on 2 December. The new system will take effect even when positive news about many vaccines comes to light, including one from Oxford-AstraZeneca 90% effective.
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Tier One simply wants residents to work from home where possible; The second level will restrict restaurants unless they serve food; and Tier Three will close all hotel services except home food and indoor entertainment venues will also close.
Johnson said the levels would be a “single set of measures”
Johnson will announce which areas around the country fall to what extent later in the week – probably on Thursday, the Guardian reported.
The tier system targets some of the areas that some fear are most important to recover from the economic consequences of blockages imposed earlier in the year.
The main purpose of the system is to help the UK be “safe until spring”, the BBC reported.
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Labor leader Sir Kier Starmer questioned the system, saying it was very similar to the old three-tier system, which “did not work” and led to the current blocking situation.
“To enforce it, you risk not getting a purchase from local leaders and local communities, which is extremely important,” Starmer added.
Johnson also announced weekly tests for anyone applying the new vaccines, as well as for students living away from home during their studies.
BBC Sport also announced that a maximum of 4,000 fans will be allowed at outdoor events in the lowest risk areas.
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The government’s full 64-page Covid Winter plan is posted on the government’s website.