MILLIONS of Brits could be asked not to travel outside their local areas and mixing as lockdowns loom.
Plans announced tomorrow for the most high risk coronavirus hotspots reportedly include asking residents to stay within a certain area.
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It comes as new stricter rules are set to come in, ordering people to not mix indoors and outdoors in the worst hits parts of the country.
Thousands of pubs will once again shut their doors under new restrictions set to be announced tomorrow.
But it is thought restaurants in some areas could be allowed to remain open, but only until 10pm in line with the rest of the country.
It comes as:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to outline a new three-tiered system of restrictions, with measures expected to force hospitality venues to shut across the north of England.
England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the country is at a tipping point similar to the first wave of coronavirus.
He added: “Earlier in the year, we were fighting a semi-invisible disease, about which we had little knowledge, and it seeded in the community at great speed.
“Now we know where it is and how to tackle it – let’s grasp this opportunity and prevent history from repeating itself.”
Reports suggest under the top tier no household mixing will be allowed, affecting millions of people living in areas with high Covid-19 rates across England.
Leaders across Northern England have criticised the plans, accusing the Government of treating the region as “second-class” and did not rule out possible legal action.
It comes as the number of people in hospital with coronavirus increased across every part of England on Saturday – rising to 1,167 in the north west from 725 previous week.
A further 15,166 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK were reported on Saturday, and 81 more deaths were confirmed of people who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.
People were snapped out in city centres across the UK – including Liverpool, Newcastle and London – on Saturday evening before pubs in their areas were potentially closed.
Coronavirus rates in university towns are more than 40 per cent higher than the rest of the UK.
Under the proposed three-tier system, different parts of the country would be placed in different categories, with areas in the highest level expected to face the toughest restrictions.
The Conservative Mayor of the Tees Valley Ben Houchen said the third tier restrictions are expected to run in four-week blocks, with pubs and bars being required to close and no household mixing will be allowed for socialising either indoors or outdoors.
Yesterday we told how Northern leaders begged the PM not to shut pubs on Monday, saying “coronavirus restrictions are beginning to work”.
The Labour leader of Gateshead Council, Martin Gannon, said the shut down of hospitality across the North is “counter-productive”.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Friday workers in businesses which are forced to close under the new restrictions will have two-thirds of their wages paid by the Government.
But Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said that accepting Mr Sunak’s financial package would be to “surrender” people to hardship in the run up to Christmas.
Mr Burnham said the Government was treating the North as second-class and did not rule out legal action.
He added: “It will level down the north of England and widen the north-south divide.”
In North Wales, new coronavirus restrictions were introduced in Bangor at 6pm on Saturday, meaning people will not be allowed to enter or leave the area without a “reasonable excuse” and can only meet people they do not live with outdoors, it said.