This means those living in these areas will be banned from mixing with other households indoors, but meeting outside is allowed as long as the national ‘rule of six’ is observed. People are also asked to only make essential journeys and not travel too far outside the area in which they live unless it is absolutely necessary. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live Mr Hancock told the Commons: ‘In London, infections rates are on a steep upward path, with the number of cases doubling every 10 days. ‘We know from the first peak that the infection can spread fast and put huge pressures on the NHS, so we must act now to prevent the need for tougher measures later on.’ He added: ‘I want to take a moment to thank all those involved for their exemplary hard work.
London has been put under Tier 2 lockdown; Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced in a statement this morning that the capital has been reclassified from ‘medium’ tier 1 restrictions to ‘high’ tier 2 measures. The other seven places which have been moved up into the second tier are Barrow and Furness, Chesterfield, Elmbridge in Surrey, Erewash, Essex, North East Derbyshire and York.
‘And to Londoners, and all who work in our great capital, I want to say thank you for what you’ve done to suppress the virus once, we now all need to play our part in getting the virus under control once again.
‘And I know the sacrifices this means. But I know that if we work together, we can defeat this.’ He said the changes come into effect at one minute past midnight on Saturday morning.
‘Responding to this unprecedented pandemic requires difficult choices. Some of the most difficult choices any Government has had to make in peacetime,’ the health secretary added. ‘We make these decisions with a heavy heart, with the sole aim of steering our nation through troubled waters. ‘Things will get worse before they get better, but I know that there are brighter skies and calmer seas ahead, that the ingenuity of science will find a way through.’
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, told the London Assembly this morning the decision was based on ‘expert public health and scientific advice’ about what is necessary to save lives in the city.
‘In addition to the restrictions already in place, this would mean different households in London not being allowed to mix indoors,’ he said. ‘Nobody wants to see more restrictions – but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners lives by myself, London council leaders and by ministers.
‘I must warn Londoners that we’ve got a difficult winter ahead. But – just as we’ve always done throughout our city’s great history – I know we’ll get through this dark time by pulling together.’