Tough new Tier 4 rules 'on way if Covid infections continue to rise'

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Tough new Tier 4 rules 'on way if Covid infections continue to rise'

Government officials and local authorities could put in place other restrictions, including a Tier 4, if the three tier system in England hasn’t affected the spread of Covid-19.

The alternative plan would consist of a “Tier 3 Plus” or “Tier 4” including the closure of restaurants and non-essential retail stores such as clothing stores.

The measures have not been officially announced or decided, but are reportedly discussed, reported MirrorOnline.

Other options that have reportedly been discussed include the possibility of short-term local breaker lockouts to bring the R transfer rate below unity.

Since October 12th, England has been subject to a three-tier system of local restrictions that divides areas into different categories known as medium, also known as Tier 1, high, also known as Tier 2 or very high risk known as Tier 3.

Medium risk areas classified as Tier 1 are subject to the same national measures that were in place across England earlier this year.

These include the 10 p.m. curfew for pubs and restaurants and a ban on most gatherings of more than six people.

In high risk areas – Tier 2 – restrictions apply to indoor mixing of households, while the rule of six continues to apply outdoors. These apply to Birmingham and much of the West Midlands.

People are not allowed to socialize with friends and family in any setting unless they live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

People living in Tier 3 areas are advised not to stay in any other part of the UK and should avoid traveling in and out of the area if possible, unless it is for work, education or welfare.

Mixing indoors and in private gardens is prohibited in these areas, while pubs and bars must close unless they can operate as a restaurant.

The rule of six applies in some outdoor areas such as parks, public gardens and sports fields.

The UK has recorded an additional 174 coronavirus deaths and 23,012 more cases in the past 24 hours.

The total number of infections in the country is 854,010 while the total number of deaths is 44,745.

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