A leaked UK government document has revealed plans for a three-tier lockdown system if current cases aren’t brought under control, according to reports. With infection rates higher than they were when the first waves of the virus peaked, the closure of pubs and a ban on social contact outside of households could be implemented, reports The Mirror.
The announcement comes after a computer glitch led to almost 16,000 coronavirus cases not being added to the official figures or the NHS Test and Trace service.
The leaked government documents draft – ‘Covid-19 Proposed Social Distancing Framework’ – is allegedly meant to replace the current localised restrictions, which many Northern mayors have protested against. The plans have yet to be signed off by Downing Street officials, so could still be watered down and relaxed.
According to the document, the Red Alert system (Level 3) would see no social contact with anyone outside your household in any setting; hospitality and leisure businesses closed and amateur sports and hobbies banned.
The Amber Alert system (Level 2) would see no social contact in private homes or gardens outside your bubbles; avoid visiting care homes and only making essential journeys.
The Green Alert system (Level 1) would see the ‘Rule of six’ for all gatherings; wear face masks in shops and pubs and on transport, and a 10pm curfew on hospitality with limits of 15 people at weddings and 30 at funerals.
It’s been suggested the government will give financial support for the affected areas of £1 per head of population in Level 2, and £2 per head of population in Level 3.