Govt plans ‘three-tier lockdown with ban on household mixing and pub closures’

The government is reportedly planning a “three-tier” lockdown for England that will lead to pub closures and a ban on household mixing.

Tougher measures may be brought in if the rise in coronavirus cases is not curbed.

The “Covid-19 Proposed Social Distancing Framework” – said to be an “early draft” – has not yet been signed off by No 10 and the measures may still be relaxed, The Guardian reports.

Under alert level three, restrictions include the closure of hospitality and leisure businesses, no social contact outside your household, restrictions on overnight stays away from home, along with a ban on organised non-professional sports and communal hobby groups and activities.

Places of worship would be able to stay open, and schools are not mentioned.

The government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) reportedly recommended a raft of measures to tackle the virus.

The document reads: “Preventing household mixing and closing businesses and venues in which there is close social interaction was recommended as the best way to reduce R.”

It says more stringent measures would be introduced where “alert level 2 measures have not contained the spread of the virus, or where there has been a significant rise in transmission”.

Under alert level 2, people cannot meet others outside of their bubble in private dwellings or gardens or in pubs, restaurants and other settings.

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Visiting care homes is only allowed in “exceptional circumstances”.

People are still able to play team sports, while funeral numbers are cut from 30 to 15 attendees.

Alert level 1 refers to restrictions currently in place across England, including the Rule of Six and the 10pm pub curfew.

Downing Street declined to comment to The Guardian.

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The Daily Star has approached the Department of Health and Social Care.

It comes after Public Health England said 15,841 cases between 25 September and 2 October were missed in the UK daily case figures.

They were afterwards added to Saturday's 12,872 new cases and Sunday's 22,961 figure.

All those who tested positive have been informed, but others in close contact have not.

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