London Covid: What London ‘Tier 6’ lockdown rules might look like under tighter restrictions – MyLondon



London could find itself under even stricter lockdown measures unless we see a dramatic downturn in coronavirus infection rates.

A ‘Tier 6’ lockdown would see current restrictions tightened in an attempt to bring down the alarmingly high number of cases and deaths.

Currently there are four levels of lockdown across the UK: Tier 1 “Medium Alert,” Tier 2 “High Alert,” Tier 3 “Very High Alert,” and Tier 4 “Stay at Home.”

All 32 London boroughs plus City of London are currently under Tier 4 of restrictions, with the government once again urging people to ‘Stay at Home.’

New rules could be considered ‘by the weekend’ as London Mayor and London Councils urge PM to act (Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

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When the Prime Minister announced the new national lockdown on January 4, the UK moved to the country’s worst coronavirus alert level – Level 5. He said the rules would likely remain in place until mid-February.

Tighter restrictions are now being considered by Government ministers amid worries the current measures are not tough enough and people are not following them closely enough, Hull Live have reported.

Previously, people feared that the introduction of a new “Tier 5” could see more businesses deemed “non-essential” and forced to close, while exercise might be limited and communal worship and foreign travel could be completely banned.

Those measures were introduced for the whole country under the new national lockdown, albeit without the label of a “Tier 5”.

With the possibility of even tougher restrictions imminent, there are fears the new restrictions could be similar to a “Tier 6”.

That might include banning exercising with one other person from a different household, though Matt Hancock said on January 11 that people would still be able to do that. He emphasised the importance of social distancing and said groups were “not acceptable”.

You could be banned from exercising with one other person (Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

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There is also the possibility that the requirement to wear masks could be expanded to outdoor settings, such as in queues for supermarkets. Wales’s health minister has already called for mask-wearing in public places.

Yesterday, the UK reported more 45,000 cases with 1,243 deaths also recorded, the second highest daily death toll since the pandemic started.

A total of 10,122 have now died of coronavirus in the capital, out of a total of 83,203 deaths from the disease across the UK.

While infection rates are now dropping in 17 Boroughs across London, other Boroughs have risen to be the country’s hotspots, with some of the highest infection rates in England.

Barking & Dagenham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 3,451 new cases recorded in the seven days to January 8 – the equivalent of 1,620.9 cases per 100,000 people.

Newham has the second highest rate, at 1366.1 new cases per 100,000 people, with 5,185 new cases.

Ten out of 32 London boroughs currently sit in the top 25 for worst case rates in England: in order of case rates: Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge, Enfield, Bexley, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Hounslow, Havering and Ealing.

All London boroughs are within the worse half of the country when it comes to Covid-19 case rates.

In a press conference on Tuesday (January 12), Priti Patel blasted a ‘minority of people’ for putting public health at risk by flaunting lockdown rules.

The Home Secretary also said the police would be cracking down on enforcement on the restrictions in the coming weeks.