Boris Johnson warns British people about a possible third lockdown if they fail to comply to the new tier system
Posted on 01/12/2020

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Speaking to Conservative MPs as the lockdown is about to end on Wednesday in England, the Prime Minister has come up with a warning about the possibility of a future third lockdown if the new tier system wasn't to be respected properly. But for many of the Tories, these new measures are just creating concerns and do not seem controversial enough to balance what it costs.

Going back to the tier system

Going back to the tier system
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Trying to convince them about the new system, Boris Johnson has spoken to the Tories and shared with them analysis of the health, economic and social implications of these new measures.

He also announced that there would be a pre-Christmas review that could potentially involve moving some of the tier 2 or tier 3 areas into lower tiers if there was a sign of clear improvement regarding the virus.

But the Prime Minister warned that the tougher tiers are needed "if we are to keep the virus under control and avoid either overwhelming the NHS or another national lockdown which is far more damaging and restrictive than these tiers".

He added: "These will not be easy decisions. With Christmas round the corner, and the difficult months of January and February ahead, we will need to continue to exercise caution."

Environment Secretary George Eustice commented, speaking about the numerous concerns regarding the new restrictions: "The chief whip, obviously, will be talking to those MPs who have got concerns. I've seen suggestions that there could be up to 100 or so people that have got concerns."

He added: "I think there is great frustration with the emergency measures that we have had to take to deal with this pandemic. We haven't taken them lightly. We have had to take these to get the virus under control. What we need to show to those MPs and to the country at large is that we have got a clear route towards fixing this problem and turning the corner."

The biggest worry for most people is the impact the tier system will have on businesses, and to evaluate whether it will do more damage or less.

But even though the MPs express a lot of doubts, the numbers are there and the coronavirus infections have apparently fallen by about a third during the second lockdown, proving that the new measures are in fact working.

According to research, this is thanks to the curfew and tier system in place in October, and the new lockdown in November. But it doesn't mean the festive season should destroy all that progress, which is why 99% of England will remain in tier two or three, keeping bars and restaurants closed, as well as household mixings forbidden.