27 November, 2020.
As England’s national lockdown ends next week, new regional restrictions will come into force as announced by the UK government. London will be in the second-tier, meaning no household mixing indoors.
According to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Thursday, the national lockdown will be replaced with a return to the tiered system across England from next Wednesday.
London will be placed in tier two, meaning bars and restaurants can reopen but households won’t be allowed to mix indoors.
Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham will experience a continuation of the national lockdown measures having been designated very-high risk regions.
Tier three, the highest level, prevents bars and restaurants from reopening and forbids people from mixing with others outside their households in all indoor and many outdoor spaces.
The southwest, an area that was largely unhit by the worst of the pandemic, now finds a number of regions plunged into the highest tier. The city of Bristol and the rural counties of North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will also be subjected to the toughest restrictions in the run up to Christmas.
According to the Office for National Statistics, it suggested that Covid infections had levelled off across England following three weeks of national lockdown.
There were 633,000 infected victims of Covid during the week from November 15 to 21. This was down from 664,700 the previous week.