Covid: Eight million people in England to face toughest Tier 3 restrictions

Credit: PA

The latest areas of England to head into the Tier 3 Covid alert will soon put more than eight million people across the country under the most stringent restrictions.

It was announced on Monday that both Nottingham and Warrington would move into Tier 3, the highest level alert, later this week.

The two areas will join the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Yorkshire in Tier 3 - placing 8.2 million people in England under the toughest restrictions.

ITV News Correspondent Rajiv Popat reports on the latest measures:

It comes as the UK recorded a further 20,890 coronavirus cases and 102 Covid-19 related deaths in figures released on Monday.

Tougher measures will come into force in the Midlands city and the boroughs of Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe on Thursday, with details expected to be set out on Tuesday.

While Warrington will enter Tier 3 on Tuesday, with pubs and bars in the Cheshire town having to close unless they serve substantial meals.

Pubs in Warrington - except those serving substantial meals - will be ordered to close from Tuesday. Credit: PA

Households will be banned from mixing indoors or in private gardens and beer gardens, while betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres will also close.

Warrington Borough Council will receive a financial support package of £1.68 million to help contact tracing and enforcement, as well as £4.2 million in business support from the Government.

Covid tiers: - What are the differences between each alert level in England?

  • Medium (Tier 1) - Rule of six applies indoors and outdoors. Pubs and restaurants close at 10pm.

  • High (Tier 2) - Households must not mix indoors in any setting including pubs and restaurants. Rule of six applies outdoors

  • Very high (Tier 3) - Households must not mix indoors, or in private gardens. Rule of six applies in outdoor spaces including parks. Pubs and bars which don't serve meals will be closed

The rate of coronavirus cases in Nottingham fell from 726.6 in the seven days to October 15 to 464.4 in the week to October 22, with 1,546 new cases, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

The city had the highest Covid-19 rate in the country in the seven days to October 15, but was 22nd on a list of local authority areas by rate of new cases in the seven days to October 22.

In Warrington, however, cases rose from 343.3 to 395.2 per 100,000 people over the same period, with 830 new cases.

In a joint statement, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council said the measures had been agreed to “achieve a sustained reduction in infection rates, especially to help protect our vulnerable residents, the NHS and social care services”.

“A package of support similar to those secured in other parts of the country has been agreed to help residents and businesses who will be impacted by the new restrictions.”

Matt Hancock

Earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “time to take action” in Warrington with rising infection rates.

“I know that these new measures will mean sacrifices must be made by the people in Warrington, and I want to extend my thanks to each and every one of them for recognising the severity of the situation and sticking to the rules.

“We have agreed a support package designed to help businesses while boosting efforts to control the virus locally, and will not hesitate to take similar action in any area of the country if infection rates continue to rise.

“Please remember – now is the time for us all to work together to get this virus under control.”

A coronavirus advice sign in Sheffield city centre. Credit: PA

And he told the BBC that areas under Tier 3 restrictions would have to prove that their infection rate was “coming down”, especially among those aged 60 or over, before they could be removed from the strictest measures.

Elsewhere a South Yorkshire hospital trust has warned the number of Covid-19 patients on its wards has almost doubled in a week, with the number of admissions “far beyond the first wave earlier this year”.

Coronavirus cases in South Yorkshire are soaring, with the area entering Tier 3 restrictions last week, affecting areas including Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.