The British government is set to lift a four-week waiting list in England to curb the coronavirus pandemic next week, but the three-stage preparedness system that will go into effect will put much of England under a high level of preparedness, the United Kingdom. The Health Ministry said on Thursday.
There is no low level in the English emergency system consisting of three stages, the lowest, some levels are considered medium alert levels, the second level is high, and the triple level is very high epidemic preparedness according to the official definition.
Usually, the UK government’s imposed epidemiological restrictions only apply to England, as health regulations in the other UK countries – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – are the responsibility of local governments. Meanwhile, 85 per cent of the UK’s 56 million people live in England.
Health Minister Matt Hancock announced in the House of Commons in London on Thursday that the current general restrictions in England will end on December 2, followed by the entry into force of the three-tier system previously used but has been reinforced in several elements.
According to a detailed list released by the ministry on Thursday afternoon, the second level, or high level of preparedness, will cover all 32 of London’s counties, along with most of England, all 32 London counties and the London Financial Center, which makes up A separate administrative unit.
In contrast, several epidemics in western, central and northern England, including Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and York, as well as southeastern Kent County are entering an extremely high level of alert.
The lowest individual or average alert level will be applied in only three parts of the country, Cornwall in southwest England, the Isles of Scilly 40 kilometers southwest of the coast of Cornwall and the Isle of Wight near southern England from Thursday.
The UK government is also asking those who live in areas with a lower degree of pandemic preparedness to work from home if possible. In addition, up to six people outside of the home can stay in the company for a longer period of time outdoors and indoors, and restaurants can open until 11 pm, but they can only order food and drinks for on-site service until 10pm. However, it is also possible for home delivery after 23 hours of closing.
Tickets can be sold for up to 50 percent of the stadium seats, or to 4,000 people, whichever is smaller.
In parts of the country covered by the second level of preparedness, individuals outside of the household may not hold indoor gatherings and no more than six uncovered persons may stay together in the open air. Pubs and bars must remain closed – unless they are also operating as restaurants – and other restaurants can only serve spirits with a large amount of food.
Tickets can only be sold for 50 percent of the stadium seats in these areas, but for up to 2,000 people. At the top of Level 3 readiness areas, museums, tourist attractions, indoor entertainment venues, hotels and other accommodations, as well as all restaurants, should remain closed, although the latter can pick up food for delivery to your home.
Approximately 23 million people live in the regions covered by Level III of Preparedness.
The government reviews the readiness score for each part of the country every two weeks.