London 'heading for Tier 2' after lockdown lifts, says mayor Sadiq Khan

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London looks set to be placed in high alert Tier 2 when lockdown ends, according to Sadiq Khan.

London's mayor said the decision would be based on the latest Covid figures when the decision is taken on Thursday.

It comes after the Prime Minister announced a new stricter tier system that will be rolled out in England on December 2.

The rules in the three tiers have been tightened across the board, aimed at keeping the virus under control.

"At the moment it looks likely we will be in Tier 2 after lockdown is lifted but we'll have to wait and see what the numbers are this Thursday when the decision is taken," Mr Khan told ITV News London.

The new system of Tiers will stay in place until April by which time it's hoped the effects of a vaccine will help bring the pandemic under control.

Thanks to the monumental efforts and sacrifices of Londoners we have managed to keep the number of cases lower in our city than most other parts of the country since the summer. London going into tier 2 next week would seem the right and sensible decision. The cases in London are lower than other parts of the country expected to enter tier 2.

I am lobbying the Government for London to be tier 2 and have raised this with Ministers. London Government have worked very closely together on a cross-party basis and are united on this.

London’s unique ecosystem of bars, restaurants, clubs and cultural venues have been through an extremely tough year. If they had to close throughout the Christmas period and beyond in tier 3 it would be a hammer blow that many might not recover from.

Without a substantially more generous package of financial aid from the Government closing much of London’s hospitality sector through December and potentially well into the New Year would cause irreversible damage for many of our businesses and for the whole country's economy.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

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