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UK Cities Chafe At New Restrictions In 3-level Lockdown Plan

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Commuters walk across London Bridge during the morning rush hour towards the offices in the financial district of the City of London in London, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. In response to the coronavirus' resurgence, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce in Parliament on Monday a three-tier local lockdown system, formally known as "Local COVID Alert Levels," for England, his office said. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(AP) — The British government is set to announce new restrictions on business and socializing in major northern England cities with high infection rates, under a plan to put areas into three tiers. But pubs, restaurants and other businesses are pushing back, arguing that they are not to blame for a resurgent outbreak. After falling in the summer, coronavirus cases are on the rise in the U.K. as winter approaches. Under the new measures, areas of England will be classed as at medium, high or very high risk and placed under restrictions of varying severity. Local authorities in hard-hit cities are seeking financial support for businesses that are ordered to close.

 

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