THE government is set to introduce a three-tier lockdown system in England – in a bid to simplify local restrictions, it has been reported.
This comes amid fragmented localised shutdowns across the country and changing guidelines which even confused the Prime Minister this week.
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The new proposal is currently being considered and could be implemented as early as next week, iNews reports.
Each tier would reportedly be defined by the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people with local areas moving up or down the three levels depending on their infection rate.
While exact details of the plan have not been reported, a tier 1 lockdown could involve a strict social shutdown meaning the complete closure of bars and restaurants.
Tier 2 could potentially involve restrictions on visiting other households.
And tier 3 would mean there is no local lockdown, but residents would be banned from gathering in groups of six and would have to wear face masks and social distance in public.
The current system in England means there are seven variations of restrictions across the country.
Meanwhile, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have imposed their own shutdowns.
Downing Street hopes a more stream-lined three-tier system would help the public follow the rules, the report says.
Sources say aligning the tiers with the local infection rate would give the plan consistency and help explain why individual regions are being locked down.
Ministers are discussing adding an economic dimension to the system where extra funding would be given to areas which have been placed under tier 1 or 2.
The new plan would also allow locals to type in their postcode to the government website to find out what kind of lockdown they fall under.
Currently, 16.6 million people in the UK are subject to some form of local shutdown.
This week, the PM was forced into a humiliating apology after getting muddled by his own coronavirus rules.
Mr Johnson gave duff advice about the lockdown in the North East, seemingly confused at when and where he had outlawed boozing.
And he got muddled over the 'rule of six' – wrongly saying it didn't apply outside.
Britain has suffered 42,143 deaths and more than 453,000 infections since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Friday the coronavirus R rate went up again across the UK – and could be as high as 1.5, experts warned.
Government scientists say the epidemic is continuing to grow with the Covid-19 reproduction rate now somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5.
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