London to move into Tier 2 Covid restrictions from midnight on Friday
London will be moved to Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Friday, MPs in the capital have been told.
Millions of people will be banned from mixing with other households indoors at home or in a public place.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has said that he expects the capital to be moved into the Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Khan told the London Assembly: “Final conversations with ministers are ongoing around this as we meet – but I expect ministers to make an announcement to Parliament later today.”
He said 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.”
Mr Khan said he is continuing to press the Government for more financial support for London as more stringent restrictions were imposed on the city.
The mayor told the London Assembly: 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.”
Mr Khan also backed calls by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for a temporary national “circuit-breaker” to stem the spread of the disease.
“Given how far the virus has already been allowed to spread, and given the Government’s complete failure to get a working test, trace and isolate system in place, I believe we also need action on a national scale – just as the Government’s own scientific advisers have recommended,” he said.
“This could save thousands of lives, drive the virus down to manageable levels, and give the Government more time to finally get a grip on its failing test and trace system.”