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Sport England deconfines itself and returns to regional restrictions

07:15  02 december  2020
07:15  02 december  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Parliament approved a system of regional COVID-19 restrictions for England on Tuesday despite a rebellion within REUTERS/Henry Nicholls. More than 40% of people in England will be subject to the toughest tier of restrictions on their daily life from Wednesday, when the government shifts to its new

Two-week quarantine restrictions apply to people entering the UK from almost every country, because of the second wave of coronavirus. From the middle of December, travellers will be able to pay for a private test, which will cut their self-isolation time to just under a week if it comes back negative.

Une employée dispose des produits sur un rayon dans un salon de coiffure de Londres le 1er décembre 2020 © Niklas HALLE'N An employee has products on a shelf in a London hairdressing salon on December 1, 2020

England comes out of a lockdown on Wednesday four weeks to return to a regional approach that Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to be able to lift in the spring thanks to the combined action of vaccines and mass screening.

It was the second confinement suffered by England, intended to slow down a second wave of coronavirus in the country most bereaved in Europe by the pandemic (more than 59,000 dead for 1.6 million positive cases).

It is replaced, at least until February, by a three-level alert system, imposing restrictions locally depending on the severity of the epidemic.

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The government has announced details of the new three-tier system that will come into effect in when the four-week national lockdown across England ends on 2 December. © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Jacob King/PA.

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"We must be realistic and we must accept (...) that there is no vaccine yet" in the deployment phase, which alone will allow a return to a normal life, Boris Johnson explained to the House on Tuesday of the Commons, the lower house of Parliament.

"Until then, we cannot afford to slack off, especially during the cold winter months," he added, justifying the restrictive measures.

Le Premier ministre britannique Boris Johnson (g) et le ministre de la santé Matt Hancock (d) à la Chambre des Communes à Londres, le 1er décembre 2020 © - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (l) and Minister for Health Matt Hancock (r) in the House of Commons in London, December 1, 2020

Among the relaxations common to all of England, shops not essentials can once again welcome customers, much to the relief of traders as Christmas approaches, a traditionally good time.

Gyms may also reopen, and church services and weddings resume.

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Pubs and restaurants could be shut for a few weeks as part of stricter measures across England to slow the surge of coronavirus cases. The government is considering a short period of tighter rules which could be announced in the next week, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said.

Residents can now meet, up to six, and outside only if their region is affected by the highest alert level.

- Rebellion -

Almost all of England, around 55 million people, is placed on alert level 2 or 3, except the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which are in level 1, the weakest.

Le chef des travaillistes britanniques Keir Starmer lors d'un débat au Parlement à Londres, le 1er décembre 2020 © JESSICA TAYLOR British Labor leader Keir Starmer during a debate in Parliament in London, December 1, 2020

The restrictions (which particularly concern the operation of pubs and restaurants and indoor meetings) are more severe than ahead of the lockdown, which angered many MPs, including within Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative ranks.

They fear disastrous consequences for the economy, already weakened since the start of the pandemic, as recently illustrated by the announcement of the bankruptcy of the ready-to-wear group Arcadia, with brands well known to the British.

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Millions of people face more restrictions from Saturday, including a ban on households mixing indoors. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is resisting the region moving to Tier 3, ahead of a final decision on this. More than half of England 's population will now be living under high or very

England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week. Meanwhile, people in England have been told which tier they will be living in when their own lockdown finishes. Scotland and Wales have their own rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

To support the sector during the Christmas shopping period, the government has decided to give businesses more flexibility for their opening hours, with some chains deciding to operate 24 hours a day.

During the vote on Tuesday on the government plan , MPs from Labor, the main opposition party, have chosen to abstain. Their leader, Keir Starmer, considered insufficient financial support from the executive for the most affected areas and expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the new measures in the absence of an effective tracing system.

Des passants devant un magasin exploité par le groupe de prêt-à-porter Arcadia, le 12 juin 2019 à Londres © ISABEL INFANTES Passers-by in front of a store operated by the ready-to-wear group Arcadia, June 12, 2019 in London

The government has recognized the "significant" economic impact of the restrictions but stresses that the consequences of a uncontrolled spread of the virus would be "much worse" for public health.

Arguments that have not convinced some Conservative MPs, 55 of whom voted against the government plan and 16 others abstained, confronting Boris Johnson with the biggest rebellion within his party since his election.

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- Christmas truce -

The measures, adopted in fine by 291 votes to 78, will be reviewed every two weeks, with a first assessment scheduled for December 16. "This will help preserve the progress made over the past month and keep the virus under control," a government spokesman said on Tuesday evening.

Despite progress against the disease, with the number of contaminations falling during lockdown by around a third according to a study by Imperial College London, an easing of restrictions before Christmas is unlikely.

The British will have a Christmas truce, however, with family reunions allowed for five days, from December 23 to 27, without bringing together more than three households.

Boris Johnson hopes that the spread of screening, coupled with vaccination, will get the country out of the long tunnel of restrictions in the spring.

In other parts of the UK the strategies adopted vary. Scotland, for example, also has a system of local restrictions. Wales, after a 17-day lockdown completed in early November, will force its pubs from Friday to close at 6 p.m. and ban them from selling alcohol, hoping to keep the epidemic under control before Christmas.

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