More than half of England under new restrictions by Covid-19
The restrictions, which are part of the three-level alert system designed by the central government, will apply from this Saturday in London and other populous cities in the center and north of the country.
The British capital, York, Essex, Chesterfield, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire and Erewash have gone from the 'medium' alert, which prohibits gatherings of more than six people and requires the closure of bars from 22:00 hours, to the 'discharge', which adds the prohibition of inter-family encounters under the same roof.
The county of Lancashire, for its part, joined the Liverpool region, where the maximum level of 'very high' is already in force, and which also contemplates the closure of bars and entertainment venues for at least two weeks, a call for the population to avoid travel outside their places of residence, and the prohibition of meeting in open or closed spaces for people from different family nuclei.
The central government also intends to apply level three in Manchester, but the local authorities rebelled and demanded more funds to cushion the blow to the workers and entrepreneurs whose businesses will be affected by the closure of the establishments.
Faced with the refusal to comply with the order, Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened yesterday to use his power to impose the new restrictions in that city ruled by a Labor mayor.
According to Johnson, the measures are necessary to try to contain the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic without having to resort to a national confinement like the one that the country experienced between March and June, and which had devastating consequences for the British economy .
The conservative ruler refuses even to apply a temporary two or three-week quarantine, as suggested by scientific advisers, and is challenged by the opposition.
This alert system is only applied in England because the semi-autonomous governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland follow their own strategies to face the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, as the second wave of the disease spreads across most of the UK, the Northern Irish authorities ordered the closure of bars, restaurants and cafes for four weeks, as the Welsh prepare to impose stronger restrictions, advising its citizens do not cross into English territory.
Stronger social distancing measures were also imposed in Scotland, and its government plans to implement a similar alert system set up by London.
The United Kingdom accumulates 689 thousand 257 positive cases to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and 43 thousand 429 deaths from the disease.
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