People in Tier Three shouldn't leave area, even for Christmas

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said people in higher areas should seriously consider travel plans.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We say avoid traveling outside of your area.

“We discourage people who generally travel from the very high areas. You can go abroad. But of course you have to pay a fine for that in the sense that you have a possible quarantine period when you return. “

The Transport Secretary has urged people to “look very carefully at the transport route they will take home for Christmas” – and even consider not traveling.

Grant Shapps told BBC Breakfast: “We need to understand that there are limitations to the (train) network, caused for example by things like the need on some trains to pre-book tickets at this point to avoid overcrowding.

“So we’re going to call on people to look very closely at the transport route they are taking and of course even to make a choice whether they travel at all.

“It’s the reality of the situation we’re in, we’ll try to do everything we can with the network to make it the best it can be, but I think it’s worth realizing that busy travel times are an issue. to be. “

He added that he is in “close contact” with transport leaders from the UK’s decentralized governments to make travel plans for Christmas, which he expects to be completed “later this week”.

Shapps added that the government will be “absolutely” in close contact with local mayors and councilors in England as the country moves from lockdown to the three-pronged phase.

The transport secretary told BBC Breakfast: “There will be a lot of contact at the official level …

“We don’t want to come up with this tier system in days or even weeks of lengthy negotiation this time around – the science is what it is, we all know how the coronavirus is spreading now, we all understand we need to take these measures, how horrible they are, to protect each other’s health.

“Certainly, we can work with local health officials and local leaders to help direct resources.

“In Tier 3, for example, we hope to be able to offer mass testing, community-scale testing, these so-called lateral flow tests, which have been tried in Liverpool, and get you an answer within 30 minutes, to help the Tier 3. area, and that community, get themselves from those high levels to a level 2. “

“I’m calling my team of ministers (for Transport) with my northern powerhouse… I’m calling 50 local representatives in the next week… the scale of interaction is generally huge within the government,” he added.

Dr. Mike Tildesley, a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modeling (SPI-M) advising the government, said he expected many parts of England to come out of the lockdown to the highest level.

He told BBC Breakfast: “We have pretty good evidence from Tier 3 that it was probably enough to take the R number below 1, the lower tiers didn’t seem to be and so what we would expect, I would. I expect there will probably be quite a few regions in level 3 at first, but we can find some sort of step-by-step transition from there. “

Dr. Tildesley noted that there is usually a delay in seeing the effect of any control policy on infection rates, and said he expected there may be more movement in the levels fourteen days after the end of the current lockdown in England.

He said, “We may see slightly more severe levels initially, but then when we start to see the effect of the lockdown 1-2 weeks after the lockdown ends on December 2, we can see some regions step by step towards fall down. “

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