Birmingham news Eight lockdown changes government could make in coming days MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - House moves could stop, with outdoor markets, click and collect services and even garden centres forced to shut up shop
Breaking News ! There are eight ways the current lockdown could be made stricter in the coming days amid a worrying surge of coronavirus cases. House moves could stop, with outdoor markets, click and collect services and even garden centres forced to shut up shop in a tougher Covidlockdown. Covidlockdown restrictions in England will remain in place for as "long as they are necessary", Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said, as he suggested there are no current plans to tighten existing rules. Matt Hancock has said it should become clear in the next few days whether lockdown measures in England are bringing down the rate of coronavirus infections. Boris Johnson and health chiefs will be questioned on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine after warnings to abide by lockdown restrictions were stepped up to ease pressure on the NHS. The Prime Minister will be grilled by senior MPs on the liaison committee after facing Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer during PMQs on Wednesday. House moves Labour leader Keir Starmer has also called for property viewings to be stopped during the current lockdown.“locally or nationally for a short period of time”, according to government guidance. A change in guidance on the Government website has suggested that moves may be halted "locally or nationally for a short period of time” if the lockdown requires it. Outdoor markets Pictures of people gathering in markets or in queues for click and collect centres are understood to have caused rumblings in Whitehall - leading many to question their exclusion from the current rules. Click and collect There is a growing pressure to ban click and collect services and for a re-appraisal of what is considered 'essential' retail among industry experts and health chiefs right now. Sadiq Khan has led the calls for click and collect to be banned and looked at by government officials. The Scottish Government is to introduce further coronavirus restrictions in a bid to cut the number of journeys people are making during the current lockdown, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has confirmed. He said there is "no doubt" people's movements have increased compared to the initial lockdown last March. The situation has been discussed by the Scottish Cabinet, he said, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set to reveal the outcome of those talks in a statement to MSPs later on Wednesday.
Garden centres Few places remain open but those that do might be told to shut their doors as fears grow about the last vestiges of public mixing permitted under the rules. A Downing Street source has suggested that said Boris Johnson would need clear data showing problems before he ordered further damaging closures. Masks outdoors Asked if coronavirus is being spread outdoors, Prof Whitty said the risks were much lower than for indoors, but said problems could occur if people gathered in groups, such as huddled round a market stall. Pressed on whether people should wear masks in all outdoor settings, he said the most important thing was actually that people stayed home unless their journey was essential.
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No entry in supermarkets without a covering Tesco, Asda and Waitrose became the latest supermarkets to take a tougher stance on customers who refuse to wear a face covering without a medical exemption. Andrew Murphy, executive director of operations at Waitrose parent company, the John Lewis Partnership, said: "By insisting on the wearing of face coverings, over and above the social distancing measures we already have in place, we aim to make our shops even safer for customers." Three metre social distancing Dr Julian Tang, honorary associate professor and clinical virologist, University of Leicester, said that three metres would give more space between people for the virus to disperse and become diluted and be removed by ventilation (indoors) or be blown away by the wind outdoors. He told PA: "The exact degree of protection this offers over two metres will really depend on how closely this can be followed - almost impossible in supermarkets - but easier outdoors. "Wearing masks will just add to this protection - as usual - especially if the three metre distancing is just physically impossible, like in most supermarkets."
Nurseries could shut Early years settings such as nurseries and childminders are permitted to stay open, while existing childcare bubbles are allowed to stay in place. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who told reporters the country is "at the most serious stage" of the pandemic "and that calls for the most serious restrictions". Sir Keir said: "There probably is more that we could do. "An example is the question of whether nurseries should be open."
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