•   
  •   

UK News PM tells Tory MPs COVID tiers 'have a sunset of 3 February'

23:05  28 november  2020
23:05  28 november  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Christmas COVID rules to be set out 'as we approach 2 December', says minister

  Christmas COVID rules to be set out 'as we approach 2 December', says minister The government will set out what coronavirus restrictions might be in place for Christmas over "the next few days", a cabinet minister has told Sky News. England's second national lockdown is due to end on 2 December, with the government having promised another tiered system of rules - depending on local infection rates - to replace it.The UK government and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also in talks over what COVID-19 measures should be in place over Christmas.

The Conservative Covid Recovery Group, comprising 70 Tory MPs who are scrutinising the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, have warned the prime minister that they could vote down the “truly appalling” measures if he does not justify that they are “necessary and

MPs were told during a call with the government that it was “unlikely” they could move to tier 2 on the tiers between Jeremy Hunt and Johnson, as the former health secretary welcomed the PM back ahead of any votes in parliament, so that MPs and the public have a chance to scrutinise it,” he said. England hospitals risk Covid overload without tiers , Gove says. Senior minister urges MPs to take

Boris Johnson has said the new coronavirus tiers "have a sunset of 3 February" as he tries to fight off a backlash from Tory MPs.

The prime minister has angered some of his party with a plan to impose stringent restrictions across much of England when the national lockdown ends on Wednesday.

In a letter to colleagues ahead of a Commons vote on the restrictions on Tuesday, Mr Johnson insisted the tiered measures for local areas will be reviewed every fortnight.

"Regulations have a sunset of 3 February," he writes.

"After the fourth fortnightly review (27 January), parliament will have another vote on the tiered approach, determining whether the measures stay in place until the end of March."

Shops and gyms to re-open next week and family can come for Christmas

  Shops and gyms to re-open next week and family can come for Christmas Boris Johnson will confirm that the second national lockdown in England is to end on December 2, when a new system of tiered Covid restrictions will be introduced. He is also close to agreeing a UK-wide Christmas deal with Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon and other devolved leaders that will allow families a chance to see some friends and loved ones. © Provided by Daily Mail Shops and gyms will be given the green light to reopen next week, Boris Johnson will announce today The proposal would allow up to three households to gather for Christmas, provided they meet with no one else during this period.

Senior Tory MPs Sir Graham Brady and Tobias Ellwood were also among those who said they would be Baker, deputy chair of the anti-lockdown “ COVID Recovery Group” of Tory MPs , tweeted Brady, the chair of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbench MPs , told BBC Radio 4’s World

PM faces backlash over COVID tiers . Asked if Mr Johnson would be holding any talks with unhappy Conservative MPs before next week's vote on the tiers , the We already have a huge stockpile. "The difficulty is not the supply at the moment, the difficulty is actually working with local government, local

diagram, text © Getty

Mr Johnson said the first review on December 16 would consider the views of local directors of public health, with a final decision on whether any areas should change tiers made at a Cabinet committee.

The changes would then come into effect on 19 December.

And in a further olive branch to MPs, the PM committed to publish more data and outline what circumstances need to change for an area to move down a tier, as well analysis of the health, economic and social impacts of the measures taken to suppress coronavirus.

According to a tally by Sky News, more than 60 Tories have voiced their unhappiness over tiering or have said they are unlikely to support the measures when it comes to the vote.

Some 99% of England's population will fall under the two toughest tiers when the second national lockdown ends.

Pub bosses say they face disaster with a million jobs on the line

  Pub bosses say they face disaster with a million jobs on the line Peter Tiley, landlord of The Salutation Inn, Gloucestershire, a former winner of National Pub of the Year, said he would not be able to open if forced to serve a meal. He told MailOnline: 'I'm gutted. I think it's a real slap in the face for community wet-led pubs. Neither of my pubs serve food and they're deliberately designed that way so people can come in, for a chat, without feeling like they're imposing on a restaurant.'Mr Tiley said that pubs have been 'sacrificial lambs' throughout the pandemic and is desperate to open to claw back some earnings in the vital winter trading window.

Up to 70 Tory MPs are reportedly planning to rebel in a House of Commons vote on Tuesday, 1 December, because they are unhappy with plans to put 55 million people in England into the two highest tiers of COVID -19 restrictions when the second lockdown ends on Thursday.

1. Tory MPs ask for more evidence on Covid tiers plan. Non-essential retailers have been told to close to all but click-and-collect trade, with cafes and restaurants restricted to offering take-away and close-contact services, such as beauty salons, barred from opening.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Boris Johnson wrote to Tory MPs ahead of a Commons vote on the tiered restrictions © Imagebridge Boris Johnson wrote to Tory MPs ahead of a Commons vote on the tiered restrictions

About 32 million people - covering 57.3% of England - will fall into Tier 2, and 23.3 million people - 41.5% of the population - are going to be placed in Tier 3.

Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly will be under the lightest Tier 1 controls, while large swathes of the Midlands, North East and North West are in the most restrictive Tier 3.

Several Tories have said they will vote against the new tiers next week, including 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady, Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood and Poole MP Sir Robert Syms.

Steve Baker, deputy chairman of the COVID Recovery Group which has been critical of lockdown restrictions, said the "authoritarianism at work today is truly appalling".

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference on the coronavirus pandemic in the UK inside 10 Downing Street on November 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tolga Akmen - WPA pool/Getty Images) © Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference on the coronavirus pandemic in the UK inside 10 Downing Street on November 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tolga Akmen - WPA pool/Getty Images)

"The government must publish its analysis of the impact interventions are likely to have on controlling COVID, as well as the non-Covid health impact and the impact on society, people's livelihoods and businesses," he said.

Sir Roger Gale, MP for the Kent constituency of North Thanet, criticised the decision to place all of the county in Tier 3, telling Sky News he fears people will "skip over the boundary" to go to a nearby pub in Tier 2.

But Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, urged MPs to think what the NHS might be like in January, saying: "You need to take the precautions now to ensure that the NHS doesn't get overwhelmed at what is always its busiest time of year."

Another 479 coronavirus deaths in the UK were announced on Saturday, taking the total to 58,030.

Shoppers hit the streets before tough new Covid rules come in .
The centre of Manchester was packed with people getting ahead and stocking up on essentials before entering the highest category of restrictions next Thursday.The centre of Manchester was packed with people getting ahead and stocking up on essentials before entering the highest category of restrictions.

usr: 2
This is interesting!