The government has introduced a new three-tier system of Covid-19 restrictions in most of the areas in England in an effort to avoid a national lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the new system as “moderate” and “balanced”. He said that it will help in reducing the number of infections and save lives as well as, protect the economy.
Most parts of the country are in the lowest tier – medium but households in the North and the Midlands are not allowed to mix. Stricter rules and curbs have been imposed in the Liverpool region, with pubs and bars not serving meals closed.
There has been a surge in the number of infections across the country and Boris Johnson is under pressure to take greater action to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday Johnson said: “We must act to save lives, and the evidence shows that in changing our behaviour, in restricting transmission between us, our actions are saving lives. But we need to go further.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for a two to three-week “circuit-breaker” lockdown in England to reduce the rising infection rate.
The Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham expressed disapproval of the system and the toughest rules imposed on Liverpool.
It`s “disappointing” that the government has been “piling the pressure” on the region “without negotiating,” he said. “It risks confusing people coming so soon after the tier two announcement.
The “unfunded restrictions are unfair and will cause real damage to lives, jobs and businesses,” he added.
Under the new system, those in areas on medium alert are subject to restrictions which are presently in force, including the rule of six on gatherings.