Commenting on the announcement that Greater Manchester is to be put into Tier 4 COVID restrictions from 31 December 2020, Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I didn’t support the Government’s tiering system because it just does not work. Greater Manchester has been under COVID restrictions since 29th July which is testament to the system not working.
“I have always favoured a hyper-locally targeted approach to test, trace and isolate similar to the successful schemes in Scandinavia. That always made much more sense to me, ensuring that those households or neighbourhoods affected got sufficient support whilst the rest of us could go about our daily lives (with precautionary measures like social distancing) again. That should have been rolled-out over the summer. It was a wasted opportunity.
“The crucial thing now is we defeat the virus. The vaccine roll-out must be done swiftly and we have to get our lives back to normal as quickly as we can. Switching lockdowns on and off with multiple confusing rule changes has been a public health disaster.”
The Tier 4 rules are: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home
The areas to be moved into Tier 4 from 00:01am 31 December 2020, are:
– All of North East
– Greater Manchester
– Stoke on Trent
– Leicester and Leicestershire
– Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
– Derby and Derbyshire