Lockdown status for North Lincolnshire confirmed

UK coronavirus alert level moves to 4

Lockdown status for North Lincolnshire confirmed

The lockdown status of North Lincolnshire has been confirmed after Boris Johnson announced new coronavirus rules.

England is now divided into three tiers, with the Scunthorpe area in the medium alert (tier one) category from tomorrow (Wednesday).

This means North Lincolnshire is under Covid restrictions for England, but not additional local rules.

Most areas of England will be on medium alert, but areas with local restrictions on household mixing are automatically on “high” alert.

A “very high” alert (the Liverpool region) sees pubs and bars close if they do not serve “substantial meals”, almost all household contacts banned and advice against travel.

Speaking at a Downing Street news conference, the Prime Minister said Covid cases had gone up four times in four weeks, more people were in hospital, and deaths were rising.

“These figures are flashing at us like dashboard warnings in a passenger jet and we must act now,” he said.

The PM said the alert system for England could succeed in driving cases down if it was implemented “very effectively”, however at the same press conference, England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, voiced concerns over the impact of the new rules, saying he was not confident the “base measures” in the highest tier “would be enough to get on top of” the virus.

“That is why there’s a lot of flexibility for local authorities… to do significantly more,” he said.

The key instructions for North Lincolnshire are:

You can meet in a group of up to six people from multiple households. This includes children and applies indoors and outdoors, including private homes. There are exceptions, for example if your household or support bubble is larger than six. You could be fined for breaking these rules.

You should work at home if possible. If you have to return to your workplace your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.

Primary and secondary schools are open, as are nurseries and childcare. If a school has coronavirus cases, local health protection teams will advise what to do.

Pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm. They are restricted to table service only. Face coverings must be worn, except when seated to eat or drink.

Shops can open with social distancing measures in place. Face coverings must be worn by customers and staff.

Face coverings must be worn on public transport and indoor areas such as museums and cinemas. You can be fined £200 for breaking the rules.

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