New Tiers system: London and Liverpool in Tier 2 but Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham Tier 3
LONDON and Liverpool will go into Tier 2 next week and Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle into Tier 3, it has been confirmed today.
There are 31 in the highest level, and 38 areas in the middle Tier 2. Just three parts of England will be under the lowest level of restrictions.
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London and Liverpool – with most of England – will be in Tier 2 next week[/caption]
The tiers list in full
Tier 1: Medium alert
- Isle of Wight
- Isles of Scilly
Tier 2: High alert
- Liverpool City Region
- Warrington and Cheshire
- North Yorkshire
- Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
East of England
- Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
- Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
- Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
- all 32 boroughs plus the City of London
- East Sussex
- West Sussex
- Brighton and Hove
- Bracknell Forest
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- West Berkshire
- Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
- South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Wiltshire and Swindon
Tier 3: Very High alert
- Tees Valley Combined Authority:
- Redcar and Cleveland
- North East Combined Authority:
- South Tyneside
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Tyneside
- County Durham
- Greater Manchester
- Blackburn with Darwen
Yorkshire and The Humber
- The Humber
- West Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- Birmingham and Black Country
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
- Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
- Derby and Derbyshire
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
- Leicester and Leicestershire
- Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
- Kent and Medway
- South Gloucestershire
- North Somerset
The Government’s postcode checker crashed this morning as thousands of people tried to see what their new tiers would be.
Matt Hancock unveiled the new tiers this morning in the House of Commons.
The new toughened up lockdown tiers are due to come into effect next Wednesday, when England’s month-long national lockdown ends.
Tier 2 allow pubs and restaurants to remain open, but they must serve a substantial meal and different households can only mix outside.
Liverpool is being hailed as a success story after mass testing by the Army helped bring infection rates down to 162 per 100,000 people from 700 five weeks ago.
It will go down from Tier 3 into Tier 2 and provide a model for others to get out of the top tier too.
Areas in Tier 3 will get access to new rapid-result tests for everyone which give tests in under an hour, a strategy which has seen Liverpool’s cases drop drastically.
The news comes as:
- Matt Hancock is due to confirm which areas will be in which tier at 11.30am with a statement in the House of Commons
- Boris Johnson will give a press conference at 5pm
- The new system is expected to be in place until the spring – with a limited relaxing of rules at Christmas.
- Ministers tried to reassure concerned MPs last night restrictions could be eased in time for Christmas when tiers are reviewed after two weeks – on December 16
Only a few rural areas will be in the lightest Tier 1 – meaning they just have to stick to the curfew rules and rule of six.
One Whitehall insider told The Sun: “The overwhelming majority of the country will be in Tier 2 and 3 – but there is still hope.”
Ministers tried to reassure concerned MPs last night restrictions could be eased in time for Christmas when tiers are reviewed after two weeks – on December 16.
Hospitality bosses warned three quarters of pubs, restaurants and cafes could go bust if the capital isn’t placed into the lowest tier.
MPs have demanded a cost-benefit analsysis of the Tiers system – and a clear strategy for how to get out of it.
The newly tougher Tier 3 means pubs, restaurants and cafes have to shut – along with indoor entertainment.
People can’t mix between households, either.
Boris Johnson has already admitted that more places will have to go into the top tier after the lockdown ends next week.
Mr Johnson has said the allocation is based on “common sense” with a number of metrics used to decide how strongly to restrict areas.
These include case detection rates in the over 60s, the rate at which cases are falling or rising, pressure on the NHS and case detection rates in all age groups.
The number of positive cases found in a percentage of tests taken in certain areas will also come into consideration.
There are fears that most of the country could be put in Tier 2 or 3 – effectively banning people from seeing family and friends indoors until the spring.
Manchester is likely to go back into the top Tier, Andy Burnham said on Wednesday[/caption]
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Tories are already rounding on ministers to demand their areas stay out of the top level of restrictions.
They are demanding a cost benefit analysis and reams of data to back up the theory that the stricter rules will help bring down infections.
On Wednesday, the PM promised he would fulfil their wishes and give them information on why the Tiers system was working.
The rules will be relaxed for Christmas – with people in the UK allowed to form a bubble of up to three households.
They won’t have to social distance, and will be able to travel between tiers.