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Health Secretary Matt Hancock today revealed swathes of England will face tough coronavirus curbs with a ban on households mixing indoors and restrictions on hospitality. Parts of the Midlands, North East and North West are in the most restrictive Tier 3, facing tough restrictions akin to the current national lockdown. Mr Hancock added there will be a “very widespread public information campaign” on the new tier system in England, but for some, the changes in the rules have proved confusing.
The Health secretary added the measures are necessary given the “scale of the threat” faced by the UK.
He told the Commons: “The majority of England will be in Tier 2, but in a significant number of areas I’m afraid (they) need to be in Tier 3 to bring case rates down.
“Now, I know how tough this is, both for areas that have been in restrictions for a long time like Leicester and Greater Manchester, and also for areas where cases have risen sharply like Bristol, the West Midlands and Kent.
“The full allocations have been published this morning and laid as a written ministerial statement just before this statement began.
“I understand the impact that these measures will have, but they are necessary given the scale of the threat that we face.”
Across all tiers, people are advised they must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, and should follow the rules on meeting others safely.
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