London moves to Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions to curb rising infections

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Previously, most of England, including London, is placed in the first tier of the system, which means an alert level of "medium".

In addition to these restrictions, in areas on high alert in Tier 2 now including north-east England, much of the North West and parts of the Midlands, along with West and South Yorkshire and soon to include London different households are not allowed to mix indoors.

Earlier this week, Boris Johnson announced that England would be adopting a traffic-light style tiered system of lockdown rules. They will also be advised to reduce travel via public transport where possible.

"Nobody wants to see more restrictions but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners", he told London's City Hall.

He added that action on a "national scale" was needed, and backed the call for a "short national circuit breaker".

We're at a critical moment in our fight against Covid in London. The Opposition Labour Party continues to demand a few weeks of a complete "circuit breaker" lockdown and with the different regions of the United Kingdom allowed to set their own lockdown levels, Northern Ireland has opted for the circuit breaker for four weeks from Friday. "This could save thousands of lives, drive the virus down to manageable levels and give the Government time to finally get a grip on its failing Test and Trace system". "So in central London the decision is easy - if there is no extra support, you will see businesses close and people made redundant", she says.

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The alert system comprises three levels: "Medium", "High" and "Very High".

"We are looking at catastrophic business closures and widespread job losses in the capital as early as 1 November", she said.

Most of the country is on medium alert in Tier 1, which means areas are subject to the national restrictions now in force, including the rule of six on indoor and outdoor gatherings and 10 pm closing time for pubs, bars and restaurants.

On Thursday, it was announced that London, Essex, Embridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, north-east Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will all be moved into tier two.

The Daily Mail's deputy political editor John Stevens tweeted: "Half of England will be living under local lockdowns from Friday night".

The tougher measures in Tier-2 impose a ban on mixing between different households, indoors in homes and pubs, bars and restaurants and the Tier 1 rule of six on gatherings outdoors continues to apply.

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