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The Prime Minister has announced stricter restrictions on parts of England with a new “Tier 4” alert: “Stay at Home”

The Prime Minister has announced stricter restrictions on much of the south-east of England with a new level 4: “Stay at home” alert

The decision follows a rapid surge in infections due to the rapid spread of a new variant of COVID-19

Based on preliminary model data, the NERVTAG (New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group) now assumes that the new strain can spread significantly faster and increase R by 0, 4 or more. New and existing data will continue to be analyzed as soon as we learn more about the variant

In Tier 4, the message “stay at home” will be enshrined in law As before, there will be exceptions – including travel for work, educational, childcare and sports purposes

People should not enter or leave Tier 4 areas, and Tier 4 residents are not allowed to stay away from home overnight. If people cannot work from home, they should still travel to work, for example in the construction and manufacturing sectors

Non-essential retail, indoor recreational [such as swimming pools and gyms], indoor entertainment [such as cinemas, bowling alleys and casinos], and personal care areas [such as nail bars, hairdressers and hairdressers] must close

Stricter social contact restrictions are also being introduced, which means that one person can meet with another person in a public space outside. The rules for support bubbles and childcare bubbles remain unchanged, and the communal worship service can continue to take place

For those at extreme clinical risk, the same advice applies in Tier 4 areas as it did in November, stating that those at extreme clinical risk, including people with certain cancers, people on immunosuppressive therapy, and people with severe respiratory diseases, should not go to work going and limiting time outside the home and exercising outside should be less busy times

The Prime Minister, the Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Scientific Advisor and the Cabinet agreed that while no one wants to enforce these tougher measures, the new variant has significantly changed the current landscape and urgent action to protect the NHS and the Saving lives are required

During the pandemic, evidence has shown that rising rates will lead to increased hospital admissions and will risk unbearable pressures on the NHS during the harshest winter months

There is currently no evidence that the new variant causes a higher mortality rate, affects vaccines and treatments, or that tests do not detect cases

The Prime Minister also said that given the risk that the new variant poses, the Tier 4 Christmas bubble policy will no longer apply

For levels 1, 2 and 3, Christmas bubbles can continue with up to three households that can meet, but only for one day on Christmas Day

The government is also issuing new travel advisories.Although the new variant focuses on Tier 4 areas, it is present at lower levels nationwide

Individuals with Level 1, 2, and 3 Restrictions Should Stay Local Individuals should not travel into or out of Tier 4 areas, and Individuals in Tier 4 areas are not allowed to travel overseas, with limited exceptions including work and Education

Tier 4 rules will be released on April 30th December reviewed as part of the fuller review of all restrictions

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-announces-tier-4-stay-at-home-alert-level-in-response-to-new-covid-variant