Government tight-lipped over whether Stoke-on-Trent will be plunged into tier three as data ‘changes by the hour’


Council leader Abi Brown says she still does not know which coronavirus tier Stoke-on-Trent will be plunged into next week – as key information changes by the hour.

Mrs Brown attended a meeting with the Government and all West Midlands council leaders this morning.

But the Government did not disclose whether Stoke-on-Trent will end up in tier three, as expected, or drop into tier two.

It comes as Mrs Brown and Stoke-on-Trent’s MPs are lobbying the Government in a desperate attempt to get the Potteries into tier two. A decision is expected tomorrow.

She said: “The situation is unfolding hour-by-hour at the moment. It’s obviously dependent on the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding what tier each authority will be moved into from December 2.

“We have very little information available to us. More information is becoming available all the time. We are still waiting to hear what tier we could be going into.

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“I was in a big meeting with the Government this morning and every chief executive in the West Midlands and the person in charge of the meeting didn’t know anything.

“But I have been stressing to the Government that the Stoke-on-Trent community has been responding to drive the coronavirus infection rates down in the city. And this must be taken into account by the Government when the decision is made.”

Latest coronavirus figures show Stoke-on-Trent has an infection rate of 453.6 per 100,000 people – the fifth highest in England. But the rate has dropped from 562.1 cases per 100,000 a week earlier.

Hospitality venues in tier three areas will have to remain closed, except for deliveries and takeaways. In tier two, hospitality venues can stay open until 11pm, although they must serve substantial meals.





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