Local lockdowns ‘would be central government call’
COUNCIL chiefs have responded to claims that local Covid measures should be implemented during the winter if Bristol or any other part of England faces a spike in cases.
According to Government minister Therese Coffey, local lockdowns could return this winter to help relieve some of the strain on the NHS.
A Bristol City Council spokesperson was approached following the comments but said any lockdown rules, local or national, would be at the direction of central government.
Whilst national lockdowns were ruled out by the Work and Pensions Secretary Ms Coffey, she told Good Morning Britain local lockdowns ‘could still be an option’.
Ms Coffey said although local lockdowns could still require national Government approval, local public health directors could still bring in local rules such as masks on public transport.
Last winter, Bristol was put into Tier 3 of lockdown measures before being downgraded to Tier 2 only to be moved back into Tier 3 from Boxing Day.
With Covid-19 rises expected to rise over the coming months, Primer Minister Boris Johnson is today expected to set out plans for dealing with Covid in the UK this winter at a major briefing.