UK: Boris Johnson’s speech today

UK: Boris Johnson’s speech today

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Mr Johnson will hold a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee on Monday before addressing Parliament, offering MPs a vote later in the week on the measures.

He will then hold a press conference alongside England’s chief medical officer and his finance minister to explain these new measures to the nation at 6pm.

What will the new rules be?

The new system will reportedly see the restrictions split into three tiers, with areas of England classed as medium, high or very high risk and placed under restrictions of varying severity.

Tier three restrictions

Pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities are expected to be closed in tier three areas, which would likely include parts of the North of England.

People are also expected to be ordered not to have any social contact with anyone outside their household in any setting.

This is stricter than current rules in the worst-affected areas of the North, where people are still allowed to socialise with others in public parks.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced financial support for businesses forced to close during lockdowns.

They will receive grants to pay 67 per cent of each employee’s salary, up to a maximum of £2,100 a month. 

Tier two restrictions

Hospitality venues are expected to remain open in tier two areas, but there would be restrictions on socialising.https://3ebb42eb5a8a285537bc55d9cc57c161.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

People are expected to be told not to mix outside of their households in private homes or gardens, or in pubs, bars and restaurants.

Tier one restrictions

Areas in tier one are expected to carry on as non-lockdown areas are currently operating.

This means following the Rule of Six when it comes to socialising and maintaining social distancing.

‘Range of different options’

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News the Government is “considering a range of different options” when it comes to lockdown measures.

He said ministers are trying to take a “regional and proportionate approach”, especially in cities in the North East and North West.

However, local leaders have criticised the Government for a lack of communication.

The mayor of Liverpool Steve Rotherham says his city will be placed under the most stringent level of restrictions in a new three-tier system, but claims local officials have not yet agreed with the Government on what the exact restrictions will be.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said the Government has offered “no consultation” when enacting new restrictions on his region.

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes told Sky News: “We need dialogue with Government, and a stronger sense of partnership, rather than diktats announced without notice.”

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “Our primary focus has always been to protect lives and livelihoods while controlling the spread of the virus, and these measures will help achieve that aim.”

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