greater controls so they can “act faster in response to outbreaks.”
councils across England to shut down shops and cancel events in a move designed
to prevent local lockdowns.
Friday that stronger controls would be given to local authorities in time for
the weekend, as he set out new details to return the country to normal after
the coronavirus outbreak.
Government Association (LGA), representing the leaders of the council, said he
was hopeful that new measures would prevent the need for local lockdowns in the
future, as seen in Leicester.
on Friday, the prime minister said: “Local authorities will have new
powers in their areas from tomorrow.
specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces and cancel events. These powers
will enable local authorities to act more quickly in response to outbreaks
where speed is paramount.”
powers, to be laid out in more detail next week, allowing them to close
factories and economic sectors in some regions.
responses have proved to be the best way to address significant outbreaks,
which is rightly emphasized in this framework.
with their local communities and know how to deal with every single outbreak.
take swift and effective action to tackle local outbreaks will hopefully help
avoid the need to impose more stringent local measures.”
powers “should be a last resort option” and called for more
“granular-level data” to be made available to councils to
“better enable them to act in real time to increase infection rates.”
about how ministers have locked Leicester and parts of the surrounding region.
announced on Thursday a partial easing of the cities prolonged lockdown
measures, but said COVID-19 rates stayed too high there to allow pubs and
restaurants to reopen.
Soulsby has accused the government of penalizing businesses and residents in a
predominantly Labour-voting city.
and Wigston Borough will from Saturday align with domestic lockdown rules in
restaurants and hairdressers will be allowed to open from 18 July not in the
continuing protected zone.
schools and childcare settings outside of the protected area will also be able
to open from the same date.
Leicester City and Oadby and Wigston Borough will be allowed to open from July
24, but bars, restaurants, and hairdressers will remain closed, with a review
scheduled for August 1st.
Leicester’s rate of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 population fell from
126.1 in the seven days to 7 July to 92.9 in the seven days until 14 July.
also signaled a significant lightening of coronavirus restrictions in England,
relaxing work-from – home guidance and paving the way for reopening theaters
and sports stadiums.
prime minister might struggle in time for Christmas to deliver his vision of a
“significant return to normality.”
scientific adviser, said that with respiratory diseases tending to flourish in
the colder weather it could prove difficult to achieve.
“It’ll be hard. We know it’s winter when respiratory viruses thrive so
it’ll be tough.”
Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, who told the Lords Science
and Technology Committee measures such as hand-washing, isolation and household
quarantine would be needed for a “prolonged period”.
adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, who had previously warned against easing the
work-from-home guidance, told the committee that the winter would be a
“very complex time” with people going down with other illnesses which
were not COVID-19.
briefing it will be up to employers in England to discuss with workers whether
it is safe to return from 1 August.
centers will reopen from that date and indoor performances with live audiences
can resume if pilots are successful, while trials will start to reopen from
October for sports stadiums.
the advice to avoid public transport, said before the announcement of the
relaxation, Sir Patrick and Professor Whitty had taken part in a Cabinet