London Returns To “Tier 2 Lockdown” As Cases Surge

The Independent reports:

London is to go into Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Friday evening, barring the capital’s 9 million residents from meeting other households in their homes or other indoor spaces.

The escalation in controls over social and economic life was formally announced by health secretary Matt Hancock in a statement to the House of Commons, when he confirmed that ministers have backed away from imposing tighter restrictions for Greater Manchester and Lancashire in the face of resistance from local leaders.

The Guardian reports:

London MPs were told about the decision in advance of Hancock’s statement in a conference call on Thursday morning. The changes mean people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. People should also aim to avoid public transport.

Schools, universities and places of worship can remain open and all businesses can continue to operate with Covid-secure measures, though the measure is likely to significantly affect more than 3,000 pubs and 7,000 restaurants across London.