Growing revolt over new coronavirus lockdown system as Liverpool and Merseyside prepare for tier three shutdown

“England to be divided into ‘medium’, ‘high’ and ‘very high’ Covid alert areas”What to watch next
Click to expand

Replay Video
UP NEXT

The Government is facing growing backlash from northern leaders as Boris Johnson prepares to unveil a new local lockdown system for England to curb rising coronavirus rates. A three-tier system of lockdown measures will be announced by the Prime Minister on Monday, with different parts of the country split up into “medium”, “high” or “very high” local coronavirus alert areas, It comes after the Mr Johnson held a telephone conference with Cabinet colleagues on Sunday to discuss the situation and ongoing negotiations with local leaders in the north of England.

Many details are yet to be confirmed but leaders in Liverpool said pubs and bars, betting shops, casinos, and gyms would close under the third “very high” tier restrictions, while reports also suggest people will have to avoid all non-essential travel and to not travel between areas.

a group of people walking on a city street (C) Provided by Evening Standard

Merseyside is expected to be among the areas subjected to third tier restrictions – but there is still disagreement about a financial support package for the area should harsh measures be imposed. Some Northern leaders made it clear they are unhappy with the situation and wrote an open letter to northern MPs on Sunday, calling for financial support for businesses affected by restrictions. ____________________________________________________

More on coronavirus: Download the Microsoft News app for full coverage of the crisis What you need to know about the new ‘rule of six’ (Sky News)

Pandemic has exposed Britain’s reality (The Guardian) ____________________________________________________ Sacha Lord, night time economy adviser to the Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, has also started legal proceedings to challenge any impending Government restrictions on hospitality and entertainment venues across the north of England.

He said: “There is currently no tangible scientific evidence to merit a full closure of the hospitality and entertainment sectors. Gallery: Coronavirus outbreak around the world (Photo Services)

A steward walks amid empty seats inside the arena during a rain delay at Roland Garros during the 2020 French Open in Paris, France, on Sept.

27.

First-year students wearing masks attend a commencement ceremony at Wuhan University in China on Sept.

26.

Members of a church choir parade during the celebration of the eve of the Ethiopian Orthodox holiday of Meskel, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept.

26.

Dancers wearing face shields perform during a practice session at an art and cultural center in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Sept.

26.

Nuns wearing face masks walk across a street in Rome, Italy, on Sept.

25.

A man sits in an empty cafe in London, England, on Sept.

24.

A man disinfects a tent set up by members of the National Front Anti-AMLO to protest against Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the Zocalo square in Mexico City, Mexico, on Sept.

24.

Children play with bubbles during the opening of kindergarten schools in Bogota, Colombia, on Sept.

23.

A woman walks past a sign that reads “#getcountedNYC” during Phase 4 of reopening in New York City, New York, U.S., on Sept.

22.

Workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) suits attend to customers at a salon in Ahmedabad, India, on Sept.

20.

Worshippers maintain social distancing as they attend Friday prayers after the COVID-19 restrictions were eased, in Kufa mosque, near Najaf, Iraq, on Sept.

18.

Protesters wearing protective masks applaud and hit flight cases as they maintain social distance during a demonstration along the streets of Madrid, Spain, on Sept.

17. Spain saw demonstrations in some 28 cities under the slogan “Red Alert” in a cry for more support for the entertainment and events sector, which has been in paralysis since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.A worker wearing a protective suit sprays disinfectant at a sauna and spa center in preparation for its reopening, in Hong Kong on Sept.

16.A teacher checks the body temperature of students at a government school in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sept.

15. Educational institutes were reopened in the country nearly six months after the spread of the coronavirus.Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waves as he leaves the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy, on Sept.

14. He was hospitalized since Sept.

3, after testing positive for coronavirus.New York City firefighters wear face masks as they pause outside of Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10 across from One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, in lower Manhattan, New York, U.S., during commemoration ceremonies for the Sept.

11, 2001, terror attacks on Sept.

11. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, only family members were allowed to gather at the 9/11 Memorial plaza. Municipal employees greet during a campaign to promote the keeping of safety distances against the spread of the coronavirus in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, on Sept.

10.People wear protective face masks as they look at a smart robot nucleic acid swab test during the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) at Beijing Olympic Park in China on Sept.

6. 

Participants in protective face masks attend the 4th Edition of the Equality Parade in Katowice, Poland, on Sept.

5. 

Employees of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) sanitize a coach during a media preview as the Delhi Metro network prepares to resume services partially after more than five months shutdown, in New Delhi, India, on Sept.

3.Residents of the highland city of Puno wait to be tested for free for COVID-19 during a municipal campaign in Peru on Sept.

2.A girl wearing a protective face mask to help prevent spread of the coronavirus holds her doll as she attends a mourning ceremony to commemorate the 7th-century death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam’s most beloved saints, at the Tehran University Musalla, Iran, on Aug.

29. The organizers arranged for the processions to take place with physical distancing, made face masks mandatory, checked mourners’ body temperature and had them use hand sanitizers in an attempt to keep the gathering safe. Workers of the local government disinfect a woman and her house as a preventive measure, in the municipality of Xochimilco in Mexico City, Mexico, on Aug.

26. Santas have their temperature taken as they attend a socially distanced Santa school training at Southwark Cahedral in London, England, on Aug.

24.A sign outside the Hollywood Hotel in Surry Hills warning people to keep their distance, in Sydney, Australia, on Aug.

22.Public officials disinfect pews at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, on Aug.

21. Military personnel from the Brazilian Armed Forces sanitize a bus at the Santa Candida bus terminal in Curitiba, Brazil, on Aug.

10.A teacher, wearing a face shield as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak, speaks to her students in a makeshift classroom at her residence in Tangerang, Indonesia, on Aug.

10.A Vietnamese woman carries a stuffed animal while boarding a repatriation flight from Singapore to Vietnam, at Changi Airport in Singapore on Aug.

7.Two women in traditional kimonos wear face masks as they visit Senso-ji temple in Tokyo, Japan on Aug.

7.A man walks past a sign on a truck in Melbourne, Australia, on Aug.

5.An artist gives finishing touches to a mural depicting frontline workers, in Kolkata, India, on Aug.

5.Pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on July 31.

A sanitation worker wearing personal protective equipment disinfects common areas of a public school in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 31.

A municipal employee teaches a user to use the thermometer of a Transmetro station in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on July 31.

Bar and restaurant owners demonstrate asking the government to allow them to reopen their businesses given the difficult economic situation they are going through during the COVID-19 pandemic, in Cali, Colombia, on July 31.

Anthony Fauci (R), director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Representative Carolyn Maloney wear protective masks while greeting each other with an elbow bump in Washington, D.C., U.S., on July 31.

A man wearing a face mask has his temperature checked before being allowed to go into Manchester Central Mosque in England on July 31.A healthcare worker passes paperwork to a woman in a vehicle at a COVID-19 testing site outside of Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, U.S., on July 27.

A disinfection worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant on a medical worker after they perform mass swab tests for the coronavirus disease at a boarding school in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on July 29.

Customers sit with a teddy bear used to keep social distancing measures at a restaurant in Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico, on July 26.

Nurses in PPE kits discuss before they start their duty of door-to-door screening in Pune, India, on July 20.

A woman wearing a face mask walks at the Trocadero Palace near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on July 10.

Paramedics gather outside the North Melbourne public housing complex, where nine towers had been placed under hard lockdown, in Australia on July 8.

A municipal funeral home worker watches the live news showing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announcing his positive result of the COVID-19 test, in Curitiba, Brazil, on July 7, 2020.A doctor clad in protective gear measures the temperature of a woman during a house-to-house new coronavirus testing campaign in Avircato, Bolivia, on July 7.

A view of a newly built hospital to treat COVID-19 patients at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Mumbai, India, on July 7. India on July 6 became the country with the third-highest coronavirus caseload in the world.

Women eat lunch in a social-distancing greenhouse dining pod in the former parking lot of the Lady Byrd Cafe in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on July 7.

Visitors hold reproductions of the Mona Lisa outside the Louvre Museum as it reopens its doors following a 16-week closure due to lockdown measures, in Paris, France, on July 6.

Serbian army soldiers prepare a makeshift field hospital to accommodate patients infected by COVID-19 inside the Belgrade Arena in Serbia on July 6.

People get tested by Australian Defense Force (ADF) personnel for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing site at Flemington, which sits on the border of a hotspot suburb, in Melbourne, Australia, on July 4.

A clown, wearing a face shield, welcomes visitors at Tibidabo Amusement Park on the first day of its reopening in Barcelona, Spain, on July 4.

The amusement park reopened for the first time since March 14 under strict sanitary security measures, including mandatory wearing of face masks, maintaining of social distancing between people or family units, following hand hygiene protocol and capacity restrictions with tickets booked in advance.

A Palestinian worker wearing a protective suit sprays disinfectant to sanitize a street in Hebron, West Bank, on June 28.

A social distancing sign warning of keeping two meters apart is seen in Porthcawl, Wales, on June 24. 

Personnel of the National Health Service perform Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on the population to detect COVID-19 cases in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, on June 13.A worker sanitizes the railings surrounding the General Hospital’s triage area for COIVD-19 patients in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 12.A health worker takes a nasal swab sample during public testing conducted at a market in Bali, Indonesia, on June 12.A firefighter sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 in a containment zone in Chennai, India, on June 11.Health workers from the city of Melgaco arrive at a small riverside community, where families live without electricity, to give medical care to its residents, in Brazil, on June 9.A caretaker cleans the floor at the Durgiana Temple after the government eased a nationwide lockdown, in Amritsar, India, on June 7.An officer enforces social distancing at the entrance of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 7.

A traveler queues for check-in on an Air Austral flight to Paris, France, from Dzaoudzi-Pamandzi International Airport on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte on June 5, as measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 are maintained on Mayotte over concerns about the continued spread of the virus there.

A member of the ‘Torcida Urubuzada’ (soccer fans) of Flamengo delivers food donations amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 5.

An organ grinder waits for a delivery of donated groceries in Mexico City, Mexico, on June 4.

Local authorities interview residents at the Santa Cruz neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, on June 1, during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

People are seen inside a movie theater during its reopening, in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 1, after the Thai government eased isolation measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Muslims pray spaced apart to help curb the spread of the coronavirus during a Friday prayer at the Al Barkah Grand Mosque in Bekasi, Indonesia, on May 29. Muslims in some parts of Indonesia attended Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus for weeks were allowed to start reopening in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

People sit in circles painted as guidelines for social distancing at the Domino Park in New York City, New York, U.S., on May 24.Staff at Suleymaniye Mosque perform a morning prayer in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 24.Empty chairs are placed for worshipers on Notre Dame de la Garde basilica’s terrace before the first public mass after France eased lockdown measures, in Marseille, France, on May 24.A worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) disinfects Jamaica market in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 23.A worker disinfects an area of El Angel crematorium, in Lima, Peru, on May 21.A railway official checks body temperature of a passenger before boarding a train at the Karachi Cantonment railway station in Pakistan on May 20, as train services resumed ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival after the government eased a nationwide lockdown.A woman disinfects an employee before starting her shift at a leather goods factory in Bogota, Colombia, on May 19.Healthcare workers acknowledge the applause as people thank them with a clapping tribute outside the Gregorio Maranon Hospital in Madrid, Spain, on May 17.A university graduate student receives a paper copy of her diploma from a neighbor, as they adhere to social distancing norms, at a surprise graduation party, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on May 17.Men wearing protective overalls and masks clean the statue of St. Peter during the sanitation of St.

Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on May 15.People wear protective masks as they watch a movie at a drive-in theater in Amenia, New York, U.S., on May 15.A nurse points to a firefighter holding a “thank you” sign as she leaves at the end of her shift at a hospital in South San Francisco, California, U.S., on May 14.

A health agency official, seen alongside his disinfectant dispenser, rests by the entrance to a public toilet as other colleagues conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19, at a bus station in Bandung, Indonesia, on May 13.

80/80 SLIDES

“Our discussions and ongoing calls for evidence have been ignored and we have therefore been left with little choice but to escalate the matter further. “Supported by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, we have now engaged lawyers to begin a Judicial Review into the legality of the emergency restrictions due to be imposed on the hospitality and entertainment sectors.” Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool city region, said discussions on the new measures had been going on “all night”.

He told BBC Breakfast: “We’re still continuing to try and find the fine detail that will give us some comfort that, one, we can go to our nearly two million residents in the Liverpool city region and explain to them what it is that we’ve negotiated on their behalf, but also we wanted some surety from national government that if we hit some of the milestones we can come out of tier three very quickly.”

Commuters walk across London Bridge during the morning rush hour towards the offices in the financial district of the City of London, in London, Monday, Oct.
/p
p12, 2020. In response to the coronavirus' resurgence, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce in Parliament on Monday a three-tier local lockdown system, formally known as "Local COVID Alert Levels," for England, his office said. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (C) ASSOCIATED PRESS Commuters walk across London Bridge during the morning rush hour towards the offices in the financial district of the City of London, in London, Monday, Oct.

12, 2020. In response to the coronavirus’ resurgence, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce in Parliament on Monday a three-tier local lockdown system, formally known as “Local COVID Alert Levels,” for England, his office said. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

He said test and trace with “much more local control”, issues around enforcement and “one or two other packages of support” around capacity for local authorities are already “in the bag” but that other details are being worked out. He said there is a “sunset clause” after four weeks of restrictions, measuring progress, but the meaning of that is not yet known.

He said: “We want to know what are those measures, how can we ensure that we measure progress against them and how quickly can we come out the other side?” He added: “I think that they (the Government) haven’t yet bottomed out all of the detail.” Echoing calls by other northern leaders, Mr Rotherham previously said the new restrictions “must come with the financial support to protect local jobs and businesses”.

A waiter wearing a face mask as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus serves a coffee to a customer at a table outside a pub in west London on October 11, 2020. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to outline the new regime on Monday as rates of Covid 19 infection surge particularly in the north, worsening a national death toll of more than 42,000 which is already the worst in Europe. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images) A waiter wearing a face mask as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus serves a coffee to a customer at a table outside a pub in west London on October 11, 2020. – Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to outline the new regime on Monday as rates of Covid 19 infection surge particularly in the north, worsening a national death toll of more than 42,000 which is already the worst in Europe. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Nottingham continues to have the highest rate in England, with 2,763 new cases recorded in the seven days to October 8 – the equivalent of 830.0 cases per 100,000 people.

This is a huge jump from 314.5 per 100,000 in the seven days to October 1. Nottingham City Council expects a local lockdown to be imposed on Monday, with councils in the area asking residents to not mix with people outside of their households or bubbles. Knowsley has the second highest rate, which has climbed from 485.9 to 669.5, with 1,010 new cases, and Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has increased from 504.4 to 598.5, with 2,981 new cases.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said there was a “large gulf” in discussions about new restrictions.

Pedestrians and shoppers, some wearing face masks as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus, walk in the high street in west London on October 11, 2020. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to outline the new regime on Monday as rates of Covid 19 infection surge particularly in the north, worsening a national death toll of more than 42,000 which is already the worst in Europe. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images) Pedestrians and shoppers, some wearing face masks as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus, walk in the high street in west London on October 11, 2020. – Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to outline the new regime on Monday as rates of Covid 19 infection surge particularly in the north, worsening a national death toll of more than 42,000 which is already the worst in Europe. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“We seem to have an almost impossible task of penetrating the Westminster bubble,” he told Times Radio. Sir Richard said Manchester council’s own data showed there was “no evidence closing pubs works”. He said: “We are still getting things coming from Government and meetings that took place on Friday, not just in Greater Manchester, across the North, where we are getting proposed solutions with no evidence to suggest why they are needed and no evidence to suggest they would work, when all the evidence we have got says they are looking in the wrong place.”

The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson tweeted: “We have not agreed anything, we have been told this is what Government intends to do with ‘no buts’.”

We have not agreed anything, we have been told this is what Government intends to do with “no buts”. I and all the Leaders of the CA and @MetroMayorSteve have not accepted anything we have been trying to get financial support to protect our businesses and support our Region. https://t.co/ZadnwJx7rI

— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson)October 11, 2020

Mr Anderson said that, if the Government does not offer economic support for people and businesses during the lockdown, they will have to pay instead for people to be on benefits. He said: “If this was in London we wouldn’t be talking about this.

“It’s because it’s the North West they want to do it on the cheap and we are not going to allow them to do that.”

A pedestrian wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks past shops in Liverpool, north west England on October 12, 2020, as new local lockdown measures are set to be imposed to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to present a new three-tiered alert system for coronavirus cases in England on Monday, with Liverpool in the northwest expected to be the only city placed in the top category. Like governments throughout Europe, Johnson's conservative cabinet is seeking to balance bringing down the rate of new infections against concern about the economy and frustration among voters. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) A pedestrian wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walks past shops in Liverpool, north west England on October 12, 2020, as new local lockdown measures are set to be imposed to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to present a new three-tiered alert system for coronavirus cases in England on Monday, with Liverpool in the northwest expected to be the only city placed in the top category.

Like governments throughout Europe, Johnson’s conservative cabinet is seeking to balance bringing down the rate of new infections against concern about the economy and frustration among voters. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The local authorities have also expressed concern about the impact of harsher restrictions on their own finances, with the statement saying they are existing “hand to mouth”. “(We) are currently unable to plan for the medium or long-term,” it said. “A clearer funding settlement must be achieved that enables us to forward plan, continue to deliver essential public services, avoid large scale redundancies for Local Authority key workers and set a budget for next year with confidence.

“Therefore, we are seeking assurance from Treasury that, in coming to that national position, no local authorities placed on Tier 3 measures will be put in a position where they are unable to balance their budget this year or cannot set a legal budget next year. “In this respect we have agreed that a further discussion with Treasury will take place on this matter.”

A street sign advises members of the public to "Maintain Social Distance" in Liverpool, north west England on October 12, 2020, as new local lockdown measures are set to be imposed to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to present a new three-tiered alert system for coronavirus cases in England on Monday, with Liverpool in the northwest expected to be the only city placed in the top category.
/p
pLike governments throughout Europe, Johnson's conservative cabinet is seeking to balance bringing down the rate of new infections against concern about the economy and frustration among voters. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) A street sign advises members of the public to “Maintain Social Distance” in Liverpool, north west England on October 12, 2020, as new local lockdown measures are set to be imposed to help stem a second wave of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to present a new three-tiered alert system for coronavirus cases in England on Monday, with Liverpool in the northwest expected to be the only city placed in the top category. Like governments throughout Europe, Johnson’s conservative cabinet is seeking to balance bringing down the rate of new infections against concern about the economy and frustration among voters. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

On Monday, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Government’s COBR committee to finalise what will be announced in Parliament. He will later host a press conference at Downing Street where he will be joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

Downing Street said MPs would be asked to debate and vote on the three-tier measures next week. “Our primary focus has always been to protect lives and livelihoods while controlling the spread of the virus and these measures will help achieve that aim,” a Downing Street spokesman said. “We must do everything we can to protect the NHS and make sure it can continue to deliver the essential services that so many people rely on.

“This is a critical juncture and it is absolutely vital that everyone follows the clear guidance we have set out to help contain the virus.” The Government said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 12,872 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 603,716.

It also said a further 65 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday. This brings the UK total to 42,825. _____________________________________

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading – here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don’t go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days.

In parts of Wales where 111 isn’t available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days.

In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

You may also like...