Government Could Ban Millions from Socialising under New Restrictions

Leaders across the North of England have criticised the government’s plans and said ministers are treating the region as “second-class”.

The Prime Minister is due to make an announcement on Monday and Leaders in the north of England fear that millions of people could be banned from mixing inside and outside. Boris Johnson will outline a new three-tiered system of restrictions on Monday, with measures expected to force all pubs and restaurants to shut across the north of England.

Under the proposed system, different localised areas of the country would be placed in different categories, with areas in the highest level expected to face the toughest measures. Ben Houchen, the Conservative mayor of the Tees Valley, has said third tier restrictions are expected to run in four-week blocks.

Pubs and bars would be required to close and no household mixing would be allowed for socialising either indoors or outdoors. The move is likely to affect millions of people living in areas with high COVID-19 rates across England.

Real estate adviser Altus Group has said there are 7,171 pubs in areas with restrictions across the north of England already at risk of temporary closure.

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