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Mayor of London issues statement on new Covid restrictions from Saturday

Statement from Sadiq Khan Mayor of London.

Important Coronavirus update. It is clear that the virus is now spreading rapidly in every part of our city, and hospital and ICU admissions are steadily rising. Time and again it has been shown that it is better to act earlier than to act too late – which would cost more lives and damage more livelihoods. I am not willing to put Londoners’ lives at risk and we must do all we can to minimise economic damage.

“That is why, following discussions between me, ministers and our city’s senior health advisers and council leaders, the Government will move London into tier 2 restrictions – alert level high – from the start of Saturday. This will mean Londoners will not be able to mix between different households indoors – which includes in their homes and inside pubs and restaurants. Londoners should also aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.

“There are no good options. I know these further restrictions will require Londoners to make yet more sacrifices, but the disastrous failure of the test, trace and isolate system leaves us with little choice. I am well aware that these restrictions will have a further significant impact on businesses in our city, which is why the Government must come forward with more financial support for affected businesses and local authorities immediately, as well as for vulnerable Londoners struggling to get by.

“I still believe that, as SAGE recommended to ministers, the immediate priority should now also be a short national circuit breaker. This would allow us to get the reinfection rate down to a manageable level and give the Government more time finally to get a grip on the failing test and trace system. But moving London to the next tier of restrictions from Saturday will, we hope, help slow the spread of the virus, take pressure off the NHS and help avert the possibility of a full lockdown lasting months – which would be the worst possible outcome for Londoners and our economy.”

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2 thoughts on “Mayor of London issues statement on new Covid restrictions from Saturday

  1. Its a load of rubbish this virus is not going away no matter what we do so maybe we need to just get on with our life its OK for my child to get on bus with strangers and travel to school where she sits in a room with 30 other people but we can’t go see our family its a joke

  2. You don’t want to put peoples lives at risk, now you don’t want people to use public transport open the roads and stop all LTN schemes with immediate effect far safer to use a car than to pass people in street or cycle atm. Save your funds for your shortfall that you want the government to pay for(us being the tax payer).
    It is not the time for pointless and unwanted schemes. Data will be flawed now. Stop schemes open roads and quit being mayor of London the words that spill from your mouth shouts greed, self absorbed opinionated waffle.

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