COVID-19 UK: Birmingham households banned from meeting in new lockdown restrictions
Households in Birmingham will be banned from meeting in new lockdown measures starting on Tuesday.
The restrictions follow a spike in coronavirus cases and cover neighbouring Sandwell and Solihull, affecting more than 1.6 million people in total.
People will not be able to meet other households indoors or in private gardens - but can still go out to shops, restaurants and other venues, in groups of up to six.
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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that the capital will face Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions.
It means millions of people will be banned from meeting those from other households indoors, whether that's in their home or in a pub. All domestic and international travel will be illegal in England from Thursday to 2 December, unless it's for work.
Holidaymakers have cancelled trips at home and abroad, with concerns about whether they'll be able to get refunds.
For a travel industry already on its knees, the ban on holidays could be the final straw. Belgian doctors are describing their situation as "a war zone" as Europe faces a surge in COVID-19 cases with countries such as France instituting new lockdowns to combat the spread. The Prime Minister is set to announce plans to suspend COVID-19 restrictions during the Christmas period to allow families to get together.
Boris Johnson is aiming for a UK-wide relaxation of the rules, reportedly from 22 to 28 December, so that several families can join in one "bubble".
A tougher three-tiered system of local restrictions will also come into force in England when the lockdown ends on 2 December.
Mr Johnson will unveil his COVID Winter Plan to MPs on Monday.