News 12 October 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson Announces New 3-Tier Restriction System In England

12 October 2020

To slow down the spread of coronavirus in England, Boris Johnson has now announced a 3-tier restriction system in the country.

The Prime Minister unveiled the new system when addressing MPs at the House of Commons this afternoon (October 12).

Under the new system, areas of England will be labelled as ‘medium’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’ risk, with each level having different lockdown rules.

The medium tier, which the PM said will “cover most of the country” – includes current national restrictions such as the 10pm curfew for venues such as bars and restaurants, as well as the ‘rule of six’.

The high level will ban people from mixing with other households indoors, with the ‘rule of six’ being applied outdoors.

The very high level will ban people from socialising with other households both indoors and in private gardens, and will also see the closing of bars and pubs. This highest tier will be applied where infection rates are rising rapidly which could put the NHS under “unbearable pressure”.

“The weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the mettle of this country,” Boris Johnson concluded.

But he added: “I have no doubt at all that together we will succeed.”