Most of England in coronavirus Tiers 2 and 3, with just three areas in Tier 1

Manchester, Birmingham and swathes of the North are set to face the toughest coronavirus restrictions with only three areas – Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly placed into the lowest Tier 1 category.

London and Liverpool will both be in tier 2, where household mixing is only permitted outside, in a blow to the capital’s hospitality industry.

Other areas placed in to the highest of the Government’s three tiers include Bristol, Kent, parts of Essex, Yorkshire and the North East.

It is estimated that 98 per cent of England is in Tier 2 and 3.

MPs are expected to rebel over the plans when they are voted on next Tuesday. This is already mounting dissent on the backbenches, with Red Wall MPs accusing the Government of instigating a “north south divide” with the new measures.

Conservatives are also calling for the tier system to be reviewed more frequently than fortnightly, with one former minister telling The Telegraph: “It seems like where you are put now is where you’ll definitely be until after Christmas. Frankly the mood music seems to suggest it is where you’ll be until the end of March.”

It comes after the Prime Minister last night warned the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers: “I don’t want them to be any tougher than they need to be, but I have to warn you — they are going to be tough.”

Mayors in the north are also likely to contest the new tier allocations, which were concluded at a meeting of the Cabinet’s Covid Operations subcommittee on Wednesday night.  

Andy Burnham, the Labour mayor for Greater Manchester tweeted: “Places put into Tier 3 today will get no additional business support funding than those in Tier 1 or Tier 2. Can that possibly be fair? #LevellingDown”

  • Tier 1 lockdown rules: what you can and can’t do in ‘medium risk’ alert areas
  • ​Tier 2 lockdown rules: what are the restrictions for ‘high’ alert areas?
  • ​Tier 3 lockdown rules: what are the ‘very high’ alert level restrictions?

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