Britain Tightens Restrictions in London Amidst Virulent New Strain of Covid-19

By Kurt Stolz on 19 December 2020
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Amidst the news of a new, more insidious strain of the novel coronavirus in Britain, the government there introduced an additional level of restriction, the Tier 4 level.

Health officials in the United Kingdom said that the new strain is 70% more contagious and spreads far more quickly than other strains. The new strain is believed to be linked to a rise in cases areas covered by the new restrictions.  It does not appear to be more deadly or resistant to vaccines.

The new Tier 4 “Stay at Home” alert level is already in force in large parts of South East England.

People should not enter or leave Tier 4, the government said, and people who reside in Tier 4 areas should not stay overnight away from their residences. Those in areas under Tier 1, 2, and 3 restrictions should not enter areas under Tier 4 restrictions.

In addition, the Christmas bubble policy, which allows up to three households to meet on Christmas Day, will not be in effect in areas under Tier 4 restrictions, although it will continue in areas under Tier 1, 2, and 3 restrictions.

The new alert level calls for all non-essential shops as well as personal care businesses such as beauty parlors and barber shops, indoor entertainment businesses such as cinemas and bowling alleys, and indoor leisure venues such as public swimming pools and gyms to close.

“I know how much emotion people invest in this time of year, and how important it is, for instance, for grandparents to see their grandchildren, for families to be together,” said U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “But we have said throughout this pandemic that we must and will be guided by the science.”

As with other tiers, exemptions include traveling to and from work or school or going out for exercise.

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