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Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough to move into ‘Tier 2’ lockdown

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The government has announced that these areas will move into the ‘high alert’ level from Saturday.

Speaking in the Commons, health secretary Matt Hancock announced that Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough will move into ‘Tier 2’ – the high alert level – from 00:01 Saturday 24 October.

It comes as the areas have seen rising cases of coronavirus with Hancock confirming that each has over 100 positive cases per 100,000, cases are doubling each fortnight and there’s an increase in cases in those aged over 60.

This means people will be prevented from socialising with other households indoors while the rule of six will also need to be observed in outdoor settings. The 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants will also remain in force.

Anyone breaking the rules can be fined up to £10,000.

Hancock said: “We have agreed, in partnership with local leaders, to move these areas into the High local alert level area, coming into force at one minute past midnight on Saturday.

“The central change is that people cannot now meet other households socially indoors. This applies in any setting, at home, or in a restaurant, or any other venue.

“And although you may continue to travel to open venues, you should reduce the number of journeys where possible.”

Hancock also confirmed the government is beginning discussions with Warrington about moving into ‘Tier 3’ – the very high alert level.

The announcements come as the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, today announced revamped measures as part of support for the self-employed, employed and businesses.

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