Pubs in Tier 2 areas will be ‘decimated’ without further support, Matt Hancock warned

Mr Hancock says that infections in London are rising sharply.

“Working closely with the Mayor, with cross-party council leadership, and the national team, we’ve together agreed that London needs to move to local Covid alert level ‘High’,” he says, thanking those involved for their “collaborative approach”.

“To Londoners and all who work in our great capital, I want to say thank you for what you’ve done to suppress this virus once. We all need to play our part in getting the virus under control once again.”

Essex and Elmbridge have also been moved to Tier 2, the Health Secretary confirms, with all of the new Tier 2 restrictions taking effect from 12.01am on Saturday.

He confirms that Barrow-in-Furness, York, Erewash, Chesterfield, and Inverness will also be subject to Tier 2.

He says that under Tier 2 households cannot meet indoors, including in hospitality settings, and that households should “reduce [their] number of journeys where possible”.

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