- City could see its hospitality and culture sectors closed down in decision that could come today
- Shoppers from Tier 2 parts of country would be barred from shopping in major retail hubs in higher tier
- Sadiq Khan warns Tier 3 would be ‘catastrophic’ without extra help for business during busiest time of year
Ministers could bring forward a decision to plunge millions of Londoners into Tier 3 to today as coronavirus cases in the capital soar ‘off the chart’.
In a move that could devastate businesses just days before Christmas, the city could see its hospitality and culture sectors closed down, with shoppers from Tier 2 zones outside the limits barred from shopping in its major retail hubs like Oxford Street.
West End theatres are also readying themselves to close after tomorrow night’s performances.
MPs were warned this morning that there was ‘exponential growth’ in cases in London‘s boroughs and some of the major commuter areas like Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Meanwhile Kent, already in Tier 3, could face a further tightening of restrictions with a surge in cases that has yet to fall.