Source: Labour List UK
Labour has urged the government to “look again” at its easing of Covid rules over Christmas after Matt Hancock announced that large parts of the East and South East of England will now enter the toughest tier of restrictions.
Following the first scheduled review of tier allocations, the Health Secretary this morning revealed that Tier 3 – which involves closing hospitality – would now apply to many more areas from Saturday at one minute past midnight.
This applies to Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Peterborough, the whole of Hertfordshire, Surrey (with the exception of Waverley), Hastings and Rother on the Kent border of East Sussex, Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant in Hampshire.
Bristol and North Somerset will come out of Tier 3 and enter Tier 2 instead, while Herefordshire will enter Tier 1, Hancock said. But he added that “in most places, we are not there yet” in terms of moving down the scale.
“Especially with the vaccine already here, we must be cautious as we accelerate the vaccine deployment as per the winter plan,” the Health Secretary told the House of Commons. “We’ve come so far, we mustn’t blow it now.”