Almost all areas of England that are not on Level 4 have moved to Level 3 where shops can remain open but where there are restrictions on meeting socially indoors and in hospitality businesses // Level 4 restrictions have been extended to will affect most of England // Non-essential retailers have closed stores in affected areas // Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Nottingham are among the retail destinations where Tier 4 rules have gone into effect
Non-essential retailers have been forced to close their stores starting Thursday in regions where Tier 4 restrictions have been extended, covering three-quarters of England’s population.
Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Nottingham are among the retail destinations where Tier 4 rules have come into effect, while London and much of the east and southeast of England were already at Tier 4.
Almost all areas of England that are not on Level 4 have moved to Level 3, where shops can remain open but where there are restrictions on meeting socially indoors and in hospitality businesses.
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The Liverpool City Region and York are among the retail locations that have entered Tier 3.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the latest measures were “a significant burden on people” but “absolutely necessary” to stop the transmission of Covid-19, particularly after the emergence of a more rapidly spreading variant strain.
More recently, new research from Springboard found that the overall influx on Boxing Day in Level 4 areas, where all non-essential retail stores are closed, decreased by 75.9% compared to the same day in 2019.
Shopping centers were the hardest hit, falling 65.4 percent year-on-year, while main streets registered a 63.3 percent decline.
Meanwhile, commercial parks fared better, down 45% compared to 2019.
The influx in Tier 4 regions decreased by 75.9% compared to last year’s Boxing Day, while the influx in Tiers 2 and 3 decreased by 33.1% and 38.5%, respectively.
Stronger rules have also been introduced in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in recent days.
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