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Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram tells Boris Johnson to overlook “failed” tier system as Covid-19 lockdown ends

Liverpool Metropolis Area Mayor Steve Rotheram has known as on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to not return the nation to the tier system because the Covid-19 lockdown involves an finish.

In a letter despatched upfront of subsequent week’s anticipated announcement of the timetable for relieving restrictions, the mayor has known as on Mr Johnson ‘to not throw away all the progress made by peoples’ sacrifice and exhausting work through the newest lockdown and vaccine rollout’.

Citing the area’s experiences over the festive interval, when the Liverpool Metropolis Area was “an island amongst an ocean of upper danger areas,” Mr Rotheram warned {that a} return to ‘such a patchwork set of restrictions dangers a return to the confusion over restrictions that went earlier than’.

In his letter Mr Rotheram mentioned: “The tier system was supposed to offer consistency and readability on the restrictions imposed by authorities. However in apply the system helped to create chaos and confusion and undermine native efforts to sort out the virus.

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“Our exhausting work meant that we had been in a position to preserve our decrease tier standing in each the pre-and post-Christmas intervals, whereas neighbouring areas discovered themselves positioned into greater tiers. This resulted in a lot of unexpected issues.

“Our area grew to become an island amongst an ocean of upper danger areas. Individuals in neighbouring communities, understandably pissed off by having their freedoms curtailed started to journey into our metropolis area to benefit from the meals, nightlife and tradition that we’re well-known for.

“My workplace obtained numerous complaints from members of the general public and enterprise house owners alike, all involved in regards to the inflow of individuals from greater danger areas.

“We had been sadly powerless to do something about it and I feel it’s no coincidence that our case charges and hospitalisations skyrocketed, with the probability that a number of the exponential will increase could have been brought on via migration between the tier system.

“As we transfer in the direction of the easing of this newest set of restrictions, I implore you to assessment the proof of the challenges encountered and re-examine the deserves of the tier system.

“An excessive amount of exhausting work has gone into the vaccine rollout and an excessive amount of sacrifice made by individuals all through this lockdown for us to throw all of that progress away, with what many specialists recommend is a blunt instrument, that brings with it its personal set of challenges.”

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