One MP fears people will leave Kent to go to pubs and restaurants if the entire county becomes Tier 3 after the lockdown

Sir Roger Gale – who represents the Covid hotspot North Thanet – believes residents will jump over the border in areas with softer restrictions to enjoy a beer or meal

He and other Kent Tories had advocated a district-wise approach to enforcement, but the government announced today that the entire county will be ranked Tier 3

It means pubs and restaurants in all areas must remain closed, even though counties like Ashford have five times lower infection rates than Kent’s highest in Swale

Sir Roger believes this will lead to people – especially in the west of the county – moving to Tier 2 regions

Tier 3 restrictions currently discourage traveling to any part of the UK other than when necessary

When Sir Roger responded to the announcement of a single global plane, he told Sky News, “I think it’s sad

â ???? I understand why, but the aim of this exercise was to establish a scheme that people will accept

â ???? We know the rate is high in Thanet. Not that high in Ashford. Will you be happy with that? No, they aren’t

â ???? What is going to happen, of course, is for people to skip the line and go to a pub or restaurant that can open if there’s one in Tier 2 or Tier 1 around – and that’s the last thing we want

Kent currently has an infection rate of 2,794 weekly cases per 100000 people, with Swale, Thanet and Gravesham among the hardest hit in the UK

All the counties bordering Kent have been given Tier 2, which means their pubs and restaurants will reopen after the lockdown

East Sussex has an infection rate of 136, which is higher than two Kent counties that share a common border – Ashford and Tunbridge Wells

Five districts in Kent now have a lower infection rate than the 2505 in neighboring Bexley, which falls under Tier 2 as part of London

Some of Sir Roger’s colleagues within the Conservative Party have threatened an uprising against the new animal system, arguing that the strict restrictions are not necessary

But Sir Roger says measures are needed to avoid a third wave of the deadly virus

“At the moment I have the partner of one of my employees in the ITU” he said

â ???? It brings it to your home in a very real way that there is a significant problem that the infection is breaching county lines and Christmas breaking

â ???? We have to deal with this disease and are within reach to get the vaccines we need. We have to sweat it out by then

â ???? I understand why my colleagues say what they say because we all have small shops, small cafes, small restaurants, pubs, microbreweries

â ???? I think the government is trying to help, but as Rishi Sunak said, you can’t help everyone

â ???? That doesn’t mean they won’t feel the pain, and people will lose their jobs, and in some cases they can lose their homes

â ???? But if we don’t defeat the disease we will have a third wave and it will get worseâ ????

Phil Thorley, director of Thorley Taverns, which operate pubs across the district, said, “We are extremely disappointed to find ourselves in Tier 3

“As a company, from 4 Open July until the second lockdown, we served a million customers and we only had one case of Covid

“All of our security protocols are in place and cost tens of thousands of pounds Our employees, management and above all our customers felt safe

“We are the industry singled out in all of this We’re the only ones closed in Tier 3”

“It feels like a vengeful campaign against the hospitality industry, and yet we have created the safest environment for people to live

“Figures from Public Health England show only 16% of cases come from the hospitality industry

“They check the animal system every 14 days and we hope that the number of cases will decrease and the animal will be changed

“We know the numbers are high here and something had to be done, but we are being hit the hardest

“We have a lot of people – locals and regulars – with Christmas bookings who want to come out with their families and celebrate, so we hope they can”

The hospitality sector was particularly hard hit during the pandemic, and while Sir Roger fears residents are looking for landlords elsewhere across Kent, they fear for the future

“We’re Thrown Under the Bus to Save Christmas For the three million people who work in our industry, Christmas is ruined

“It’s very unfair in parts of the county that have such low infection rates. All blanket measures lead to massive injustice, and that is exactly what happened in Kent

“But let’s be clear: Tier 3 is closed, Tier 2 many pubs are closed, and the rest are unprofitable, and Tier 1 are almost viable

“You can’t keep throwing a sector that has been proven safe for the wolves, I don’t understand why gyms and non-essential stores can open – they are no safer than hospitality

“If it’s only two weeks we can survive, but if that lasts until spring it would be really catastrophic

“My anger is centered on the politicians who were systemically incompetent and unelected public health officials who made arbitrary decisions with long-term economic implications without consideration – this is not how a properly functioning democracy works

“I sincerely hope there will be a change if it is reviewed in two weeks we still have vacation and fear now”

The guns of the shipbuilder in Hollowshore, Faversham, went to Facebook to say Boris nailed the coffin lid shut

“Everyone was looking forward to next week – I had everything planned, all of my Christmas menus – but we are now full again

“I still have bills. They held most of the bills like gasoline and phone for three months when they were last blocked

“That didn’t happen this time, so we’re still playing our bills and nothing comes in and a lot goes out, and I still have staff to take care of

“You’re on leave, but I still have to pay for this and wait seven to ten days to get the money back

“I have been self-employed for a little over a year, so I am not entitled to self-employed activities

“I know we will get through this I know as soon as we open the doors our customers are amazing and they will be back and my husband is still working so we have money

“Strong will and strength – I’m not giving up Not in a million years I’ve waited 19 years for a pub – I’m not giving up now”

Mel says the expanded pub closure will affect regulars who live alone and enjoy visiting the pub for social interaction

“It’s just such a shame because we’re such a big part of the community,” she said, “It’s gutted

“People didn’t come here to get drunk, they came to sit with people, chat with people”

And it’s not just the hospitality sector that worries Zahra Tarjomani, general manager of the Under 1 Roof Kids Thanet play center, which opened in October, says she is devastated and admits she fears they may not survive the next few months

“It’s been a very difficult year to prepare for the opening and the cost of opening under the new legislation – we had to put in lots of additional protocols and tough measures

“It’s okay for thousands of people in The Range to breathe in on you, but people can’t go to my friend’s restaurant and she’ll show you to your table with a mask on

“If the government had said everything but essential stores had to close, I’d be anything

“These applicable regulations make no sense to Covid – they don’t control the virus, only those who work so hard in our industry

“We have reached the point where we don’t know if our business will survive and if we can get through by March”

Swale is the only place in England with a higher rate than Thanet and recorded in the seven days leading up to 21 November 535 cases per 100000 people

Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, said: “I’m sorry to see Kent has been ranked Tier 3 but not surprised based on Covid-19 levels in Swale, Thanet, Medway and Gravesham , with rates increasing 10 of the 13 counties and counties in the county

“Kent’s status will be reviewed in two weeks, and I very much hope that if we see the rate of Covid-19 dropping we will be downgraded

“Of course, it is in our own hands to bring the rate down. The vast majority of my constituents have consistently followed government instructions to wash their hands regularly Wear face covering in enclosed public areas and watch two feet of social distancing

“So I will continue to urge the significant minority of residents who refuse to obey the rules to think not of themselves but of the rest of us who are desperately trying to attract both the vulnerable and the NHS protect

“I feel deeply for the residents and businesses that will be hardest hit, and I can assure them that I will work with the government to increase the aid available to them”

Swale Council chairman Roger Truelove said residents “might not be surprised” by the result, explaining the district’s priority to keep people healthy and safe

He said, “We need to make sure we all know what to do when the national restrictions come on Jan. December ends and we do”

“If we don’t, we will face the toughest restrictions for longer”More people get sick or a lot worse

???? The NHS is already under increasing pressure and we must try to ensure that other treatments are not delayed or canceled

â ???? Businesses also have problems and jobs are at risk That is why we absolutely have to do everything we can to get the numbers under control again

â ???? Glad to see the government promised to mass test areas in Tier 3 to help

â ???? As we saw in Liverpool, this can make a huge difference in stopping this virus from spreading I look forward to hearing from you when this will be rolled out locallyâ ????

He said, “I understand how disappointing and worrying this news will be for residents and businesses affected, especially after a month-long lockdown, but these restrictions are imperative to slow the spread of this deadly virus that is already causing too many lives cost

“Between the 13th and 20 Unfortunately there was 1 November in Medway161 new cases, and since the pandemic began, Medway has tragically lost 216 family members, friends, coworkers and neighbors “

He added: “The difficult year has not eased for businesses and I am pleased that the government has provided more financial support to further protect our economy

“Now is the time to take action for all of us We all have an individual responsibility to do whatever we can to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Medway, to protect our loved ones, save lives and reduce the number of people”Pressure on our local NHS services”

Elsewhere, Canterbury MPRosie Duffield said residents were “obviously upset, confused and discouraged about new measures” that were “potentially bad for our area”

“We just need to bring our infection rates back down before the next review in a couple of weeks to get our economy going,” added Miss Duffield,

Helen Grant of Maidstone and The Weald added, “I am disappointed that all of Kent has been placed in Tier 3 I think it would have been more appropriate, especially for many small businesses in our area, to apply city-to-city restrictions taking into account the local infection rates

“However, I understand the government’s decision and the need to send a clear message about the rules to our community, I hope that if we all continue to abide by the rules in the coming weeks, we may be able to move down to a lower level when these Measures on 16 December will be checked “

Helen Whately, MP for neighboring Faversham and Mid Kent, said: “Although glad I am about to see the national lockdown coming to an end, I know”

â ???? Those were extremely difficult decisions The government tried to keep people’s lives to a minimum. During this pandemic, decisions were based on the best possible evidence and local opinion

???? Most of Kent has high or very high rates of infection and some areas with lower rates are unfortunately showing a deteriorating trend. We cannot ignore the pressure this continues to put on our local hospitals “

Damian Green, Ashford MP who, according to the latest data, has not seen a week-on-week increase in the infection rate, said, “I am very disappointed, I think it would have been a lot better”Do it district by district, especially in Kent

“It raises big anomalies like Tenterden where there are no cases. All of their shops are closed, but people could drive from there to the Sussex border where incidents are higher – and have a drink in a pub

“I do not think this is a sensible approach and I will continue to try to convince ministers that the periodic reviews should take a different approach that could potentially expose some areas from the highest levels of restriction

“In an ideal world, the numbers in Swale and Thanet will go down so that all of Kent can go one notch

“We are in a ridiculous situation that we found ourselves in Tier 1 We then had a ban and now we are in tier 3″So you have to wonder what the lockdown actually achieved?

“Even in Tier 3 we can exercise outdoors and places of worship are open, so it’s not as bad as the lock we had and I should recognize that as a step forward

“However, I think we could have done more to help the hospitality industry in particular in Ashford. It’s going to be detrimental, there is no doubt of that, and it means it will take us longer to recover

“I am particularly concerned about the risk to small pubs. The only bright spot is that Tier 3 councils are getting more money than they’d like, and hopefully this can be used to help these smaller businesses

“I have actually spoken to the Health Ministers for the past few weeks and today and I will obviously have close discussions with the Health Secretary along with my other Kentish MPs”

Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling who was part of the Kent MP group calling for county or district restrictions, urged the government to look into the limits

He said, “This is extremely disappointing to our church”Our Covid19 prices in Tonbridge and Malling Borough and the Sevenoaks District are among the lowest in Kent

“We were in Tier 1 prior to the national restrictions as no further controls were required. Just because the government treats all of Kent as one entity, we are pushed into Tier 3. We don’t need that

â ???? We must begin by opening up our economies, saving jobs and businesses so that our efforts can support the areas where cases warrant controls “

Cllr John Burden, chairman of Gravesham Borough Council, said: “This is the news none of us wanted to hear, but we all quietly expected it and it will be a hammer blow to our local economy if we get on make the way into the height of the Christmas shopping season

â ???? It’s no secret that the rate of infection in Gravesham has risen faster than almost anywhere else in England With that in mind, and with rates high elsewhere in the county, the announcement will come as no surprise to many

â ???? So many people in Gravesham have made so many sacrifices in the fight against Covid – all those who wore face coverings when needed, worked from home, limited their travel to the bare minimum and refrained from seeing family, friends and loved ones I say thank you and please double your efforts

â ???? The data we have at our disposal suggests that outside of care and educational facilities, the driving force behind our numbers is people mixing households indoors.This is not allowed under lockdown and will still not be allowed as of Wednesday

â ???? The government will review our level every 14 days. Only if we all play our part will we hope that our infection rate will drop enough that we can fall to level 2 and enjoy the greater freedoms that come with itâ ????

Cllr Jeremy Kite, chairman of Dartford Council, said: “The news is disappointing but it reflects the stark reality of the county’s Covid transmission statistics

“Here at Dartford we have seen a significant increase over the past few weeks and while some measures are now moving in a better direction, we cannot be complacent

“Without a change in the transmission rate, more cases will spread and local NHS hospitals will be under extreme pressure to not only provide Covid treatment, but the care that is vital to all diseases and all patients”

“Our local hospital, Darent Valley, is not yet one of the most pressurized in Kent, and we have to keep it that way

Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe and Natalie Elphicke for Dover and Deal would also support different parts of the county that are at different levels

He said, “I am very concerned that all of Kent is going to be ranked Tier 3 when infection rates are so different across the county

“For the past seven days, the rate has been per 100000 people identified with at least one positive Covid-19 test in Folkestone and Hythe 1929

“This is comparable to the Kent average of 2,794 per 100000 people In Swale, north Kent, the rate is 5417

“The infection rate per 100000 people in Folkestone & Hythe is lower than in the London boroughs of Greenwich (200) 7) Bexley (2505) Bellen and Dagenham (2583) and Thurrock in Essex (2266)

“The government needs to explain why it does not take into account the different levels of infection in the districts and counties of Kent

“I would also like to know if its Covid policy in Kent is at the checkpoint on Nov. December will continue to rely on a nationwide view I would like to know how the government is responding to these points before the House of Commons votes on the new Covid restrictions on Tuesday next week I have written to the Minister of Health asking for this information

“The Tier 3 restrictions on Folkestone and Hythe are disappointing not only because we have lower infection rates than some local Tier 2 authorities, but also because the latest figures show that the national lockdown has begun increasing infection rates from lowering their peak “

Natalie Elphicke said: “It is very disappointing that Kent as a whole has been ranked Tier 3 Myself and my team will continue to be available to work with the hardest hit people and businesses. I will meet with Health Ministers later today and will be pushing for rapid testing facilities in our local hospitals along with additional support

â ???? Unfortunately, there has been an increase in infections recently in our region, with a very high number of cases in neighboring districts, especially in Thanet. Elderly people in our region are particularly affected compared to some other regions, which raises concerns about the local Increased hospital admissions

“I have been pushing for clear criteria and review dates, so I welcome the government’s publication of criteria for assessing levels”I also applaud the reopening of churches and outdoor sports, including in our region

â ???? Now we have to do everything we can to get down to a lower level. I will also look with ministers to see if we can be considered in dealing with the pandemic for a smaller area run by the districtâ ????

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