The Prime Minister has today announced the new Local Covid Alert Levels system for England in the House of Commons.
The new system will range from medium to very high, to ensure that restrictions are targeted to the areas that need it most. The aim is to simplify and standardise local measures and to work with local authorities to ensure it is effective and enforced.
Those in ‘medium’ alert zones will continue to follow the national measures that are now in place, from the rule of 6 to the 10pm curfew for bars, restaurants and pubs. In ‘high’ alert areas, household and social bubble mixing will be prohibited while the rule of six continues to apply to outdoor areas and public spaces. In ‘very high’ regions, household mixing will be banned and pubs and restaurants will also be closed.
The government has provided an extra £1 billion for councils to help their continued efforts to keep the community safe. In addition, government support for areas and businesses affected by further restrictions has been extended. This includes expanding the Job Support Scheme - giving a grant covering two-thirds of employees usual wage - and providing up to £3000 a month for businesses forced to close through the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme.
Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, commented:
“I share the concerns of many of my constituents about rising cases the country.
“This localised lockdown system will mean that until we can continue to keep our local economy moving as much as possible, while protecting our NHS and keeping our schools open.
“I have welcomed the measures so far in place, such as grants and payments, that are available for businesses that are under tighter restrictions and I shall continue to monitor the situation closely.”