New three-tier COVID alert level system arrives

From midnight tonight, UK businesses will be subject to new rules aligned with the the new three-tier COVID alert levels system introduced this week by the Government.

Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area.

Each area has a local COVID alert level which is updated regularly here, and will take readers to live restrictions on working and travelling in each local area.

Welcoming the new approach, CBI director-general, Carolyn Fairbairn said clear rules were now finally in place.

“[Businesses] strongly support the simplification of COVID rules. Greater clarity and consistency will support the huge efforts firms have already made to keep customers and employees safe," she said. “Now clear rules are in place, good, open communication is essential. Businesses in the worst-affected areas have too often had to plan on rumour or react last minute, weakening efforts to protect jobs. This can be solved with more collaboration between business, central and local governments. Restoring a sense of national unity is critical for tackling the virus.

“To maintain confidence and compliance, Government must show its workings and evidence base for new restrictions. And to help maintain jobs, it should keep financial support under review and in lockstep with the severity of the restrictions.

“Ultimately, mass rapid testing must really ramp up if we’re to prevent a second wave from further harming economic growth. Every day counts.”

COVID-19: Latest numbers

13,972 were reported by the UK Government to have tested positive for the virus in the 24 hours to 19:00 on Monday 12th October. 50 deaths were recorded.

Globally, as of 11:18am CEST on 13th October, there had been 37,601,848 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,077,799 deaths, reported to WHO.

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