Birmingham announces new lockdown measures from tomorrow to combat coronavirus

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Birmingham will introduce a range of lockdown measures which apply from tomorrow, as the city tries to combat a rise in coronavirus infections.

The measures, being implemented by the city council, will be enforceable from midnight.

Council officials and police will be able to investigate businesses suspected of failure to comply with coronavirus safety guidelines, and have the power to issue fines.

They will allow local council chiefs to restrict access to, or close bars or restaurants if they are deemed to be creating a risk.

Officials can do the same in public outdoor places “if there is a public health need”.

Some events, such as wedding funerals, could be prohibited “on the basis of a maximum event size”, the council has said.

However, there are no plans to change the current cap of 30 attendees.

The measures come after a meeting between Health Secretary Matt Hancock and local leaders in Birmingham last week.

Prior to the new restrictions, cases had actually fallen from 30 per 100,000 last week to around 23 this week, according to data released yesterday.

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Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “While the recent figures show our rates are going down, we cannot be complacent.

"We must all continue to follow all the relevant safety guidance in order to protect our families, friends and work colleagues.

"Most importantly staying disciplined now is a price worth paying when compared to the cost of damaging the future life chances of our city’s children – which may happen if there is a spike in the rate of infections and schools have to close, or parents do not send them due to concerns about the potential risks.

"Whilst the impact of Covid-19 may be felt over the next few years, the negative impacts upon children not being present at school will last a lifetime."

  • Coronavirus
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