Local Covid rules could return this winter, says minister

Local covid rules instead of a national lockdown could return this winter if covid rates rise, a government minister said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out plans for dealing with Covid in the UK this winter at a major briefing tomorrow.

And today, Therese Coffey, Minister of Labor and Pensions, said local rules instead of national rules could be part of the plan.

At Good Morning Britain, she said national bans are “not required”.

But she added, “What was important when we got out of step four, we also said we wanted to make sure that the local health directors are able to apply the rules as they see fit, rather than the national approach we adopted had to acknowledge that it was a really good way to deal with the reduction in transmission and hospital admissions. “

Host Susanna Reid pointed out that while the minister ruled out national bans, local bans “could still be an option”.

Ms. Coffey responded that local lockdowns might require national government approval, but said local health directors could put local rules in place like masks on public transport.

She said, “There may be some local elements that are needed in this particular area, but these decisions are carefully made.”

Local lockdowns resulted in some regions having to close shops, pubs and gyms while other parts of the UK operated almost “normally”.

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