Quarantine measures in London are being tightened from Saturday due to an increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the agglomeration, United Kingdom health minister Matt Hancock said.
Under the three-tier system of restrictions introduced on Wednesday, London was at the first stage, when meetings in groups of up to six people were allowed, all shops and restaurants were open as usual, but until 22:00.
“In London, the number of infections doubles every week. We must act now in order not to introduce more stringent measures in the future… In consultations with the mayor and local authorities, we have come to the conclusion that London should be placed at the “high” level (the second level in the scale),” the head of the Ministry of Health said, speaking in the House of Commons of the British Parliament.
The second stage of restrictions is introduced in London from Saturday, provides for a ban on any meetings of people who do not live together in the premises and trips to visit. In the fresh air, people cannot meet in groups of more than six people, it is recommended not to use public transport and to refuse non-vital trips around the city and around the country. Bicycles and scooters are recommended as a means of transportation, and the authorities advise people to move on foot.
The second stage of restrictions already includes the Manchester agglomeration, Cheshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, West, and South Yorkshire, the second-largest city in Britain, Birmingham and its surroundings, Leicester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and other localities. Along with London, the second level of restrictions is also being introduced in the County of Essex.