Authorities in London have decided to introduce from December 16, the third, maximum level of restrictions in connection with the increase in the incidence of coronavirus infection. It was reported on Monday, December 14, the press service of the City Hall, citing the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
“The government has decided to move London to Level 3 from one minute past midnight on Wednesday morning. This is incredibly frustrating for our businesses, which have already been hit so hard this year. But clearly the virus is accelerating again in the wrong direction across London and the lives of Londoners are at risk,” the mayor said.
He said tougher measures will help avoid tougher and longer restrictions in the future because of the pandemic.
So, London bars, restaurants and cafes are banned from receiving visitors from Wednesday. Establishments will be able to continue to work in a format of “takeaway” and delivery. In addition, will be prohibited public and mass events, and citizens should avoid meetings with people who are not their family.
Also Londoners need to observe the social distance in the streets, together with the “rule of six”, that is to meet no more than six people at once.
In turn, the head of the British Ministry of Health Matt Hancock announced that the third level of restrictive measures are introduced not only in London, but also in some parts of Essex and Hertfordshire, reports Sky News.
It is specified that people living in areas with restrictions of the third level should avoid leaving them and in general reduce the number of trips. Theaters will have to stop operating, and probably soccer stadiums along with other sports venues as well.
Earlier in the day, Hancock reported the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus in the country, which supposedly could spread faster.
As of Dec. 13, 201,243 cases of COVID-19 had been detected in the city, according to the London government. A total of 20,135 people in the U.K. capital tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week.
On Dec. 8, the U.K. began vaccinating against the coronavirus. The country was the first Western nation to begin vaccinating its citizens. Priority vaccinations are first given to people in risk groups identified by the government. Pfizer and BioNTech use a drug for this purpose. Vaccination is voluntary, free and will be by invitation.