(Source: BBC News)
Millions of people in London, Essex, York and other areas face tougher Tier 2 Covid measures from Saturday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
Under this "high" alert level, there is a ban on households mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is resisting the region moving to Tier 3, ahead of a final decision on this.
More than half of England's population will now be living under high or very high-alert restrictions. The areas to go into high alert restrictions this weekend are London, Essex (apart from Southend and Thurrock), York, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Erewash in Derbyshire, Elmbridge in Surrey, and Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.
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