Piers Corbyn and an army of anti-lockdown demonstrators have stomped through central London in protest against newly enforced ’Tier Two’ coronavirus restrictions.
At the stroke of midnight, the capital was plunged in to Tier Two conditions – placing restrictions on who can meet where, effectively banning the mixing of people outside of households and bubbles in indoor settings.
Thousands took to the streets of London on Saturday to argue against the new rules – with anti-vaxxer crackpot Piers, 73, among the more prominent protesters.
Photos from central London showed the conspiracy theorist – who is the older brother of failed Labour leader Jeremy, 71 – clutching a loudspeaker as he marched and rambled through the streets.
Other demonstrators carried signs declaring the coronavirus pandemic – which has killed over 1 million worldwide and infected a reported 39.4 million – as a “hoax”.
While others undermined the severity of the Covid-19 virus which has claimed 43,579 victims in the UK so far and caused havoc with the economy and caused months of lockdown misery for the entire nation.
The Mirror reports one protester arguing outside Downing Street: "Man flu has closed our country and crushed our economy."
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An estimated 28 million people – more than half of England’s population – are believed to be living under Tier Two and Tier Three lockdown rules.
London, York and Essex were placed under Tier Two restrictions on Saturday limiting how members of the public can interact.
Lancashire and Liverpool are currently under Tier Three rules – the strictest of them all – while there are concerns Manchester could also be placed in to Tier Three next week.
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The strict measures have come after a renewed increase in positive Covid-19 test results, hospital admissions, and deaths.
On Saturday, another 136 coronavirus related deaths were confirmed in the UK as death rates return to levels similar to those seen when lockdown was enforced back in March.
There is speculation that tougher measures would be needed to avoid up to 690 Covid-related deaths per day by November.
While stricter rules have been implemented in other parts of the UK with DUP leader Arlene Foster introducing a four week 'circuit breaker' lockdown in Northern Ireland, and Welsh ministers signalling they will introduce a two week 'circuit breaker' lockdown next week.
The Three Tier System affecting England feature rules including;
Tier One – Local COVID alert level: Medium;
- The Rule of Six applies to meeting friends and family you do not live with (or who are not part of your support bubble) and social distance rules should be observed when meeting
- Bars, restaurants, places of worship among venues that stay open and can welcome numbers more than six, but those attending cannot be in individual groups larger than six (unless living together)
- Schools and businesses remain open
- Businesses including pubs must be closed between 10pm and 5pm – establishments offering delivery service can continue to serve after 10pm
- Aim to walk or cycle to locations to limit use of public transport
Tier Two – Local COVID alert level: High;
- Social meeting indoors are banned for those outside of their household or support bubble – this includes private homes, bars, restaurants and other indoor venues
- You can meet friends and family outside of your household or bubble but only in outdoor environments and must observe the Rule of Six
- Only those in the same household or bubble can meet indoors at a pub or restaurant, but friends of up to six can meet at pubs and restaurants in their outdoor settings
- Work from home where possible
- Aim to avoid public transport or limit and reduce the number of journeys you need to take
Tier Three – Local COVID alert level: Very High;
- You cannot meet anyone outside your household or support bubble indoors or outdoors with the exception of parks, beaches, countryside, forests, public gardens, allotments, outdoor sports courts and facilities, and playgrounds – but meeting only six people or less and social distancing must be observed
- Pubs and bars forced to close unless serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal – but mixing of households and bubbles inside pubs and bars is banned
- Work from home if you can
- Schools, colleges and universities remain open where safe to do so
- Non essential travel on public transport discouraged
- Estate and letting agents and removals firms remain open and it is possible to move house under Tier Three conditions
Fines can be distributed for breaching all three tier lockdown rules.
For full government advice and guidelines on Tier One conditions, visit: gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-medium
For full government advice and guidelines on Tier Two conditions, visit: gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high
For full government advice and guidelines on Tier Three conditions, visit: gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high
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