London will be placed in tier 3 from Wednesday
Author: Rafi Benady | Monday 14th December 2020
It has just been announced that the capital will plunge into tier 3 from Wednesday, following a spike in Covid cases. Ministers and officials are rumoured to be "deeply concerned" following a surge of Coronavirus cases in London.
A statement in the Commons from Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to take place at 3.30 pm today. The move comes after the latest data from Public Health England showed there was an increase in coronavirus case rates in all 32 London boroughs in the seven days to December 9.
The seven-day rate has also exceeded 200 cases per 100,000 people in 17 boroughs, meaning London now has the highest infection rate in England. Mayor Sadiq Khan said the latest stats are “deeply concerning” and urged Boris Johnson to consider immediate action to support businesses forced to shutter under Tier 3.
A move to tier 3 means a total ban on indoor and outdoor gatherings among different households, with all pubs, bars and restaurants forced to close. Non-essential shops will be allowed to remain open so long as they are Covid-secure.
All museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres and ice skating rinks will be off the menu over the Christmas period.