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PM announces “three-tier system” measures

The Prime Minister has unveiled the details of the three-tier lockdown that will come into effect across England.

The system simplifies the current coronavirus rules into 3 easy-to-follow tiers that it is hoped, will slow the spread of the virus.

The Liverpool city region has been placed under the third tier restrictions.

Travel restrictions were notably absent from the announcement to the Commons.

Tier one is the base tier and covers areas with fewer than 100 cases per 100,000. The first tier allows people to mix households as long as they follow the Rule of Six and the 10pm curfew on bars and pubs will be in place.

Stepping up from that is Tier Two, which doesn’t allow households to mix in private dwellings, although households can still mix as long as they are outside, social distancing is followed and they are following the Rule of Six.

Tier Three will see hospitality venues close their doors except for takeaways as well as gyms, beauty salons and hairdressers being closed while the area remains in the highest tier.

The Three Tier system announcement comes days after the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that the Government would be supporting businesses and employees if they were legally required to shut.

The Government will judge which tier an area needs to be put into by hospitalisation rates, infection rates and also whether the rate has been skewed by a particularly large outbreak such as a factory or university.

Manchester, with a high university population, will be placed in Tier 2.

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