Two North Somerset MPs have blasted Boris Johnson for the district’s Tier 3 restrictions – claiming they are not ‘right or fair’.
MP Liam Fox and Weston’s MP John Penrose – husband of NHS Test and Trace boss Dido Harding – released a scathing joint statement this evening saying the Government’s tiers were ‘illogical’.
The pair say the only reason North Somerset is being thrown into the highest level of measures is because it’s a ‘natural travel to work area’ to Bristol.
The statement reads: “On our own, North Somerset may well qualify to be in Tier 2, but we have been placed in Tier 3 because we are regarded as a ‘natural travel to work area’ along with Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
“The fact that Bath and North East Somerset is in Tier 2, even though it is part of the same ‘natural travel to work area’, makes the decision even more illogical.
“This all comes at a time when travel to and from Bristol is much lower than usual anyway, because people have been asked to work from home.
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“This isn’t right or fair. We hope that, at the review point in 14 days time, this methodology can be changed so that North Somerset can be treated on its own merits and so hardworking local businesses aren’t punished because of higher infection rates in Bristol.”
All areas will have their tier status reviewed on December 16.
The district’s rate per 100,000 people stands at 210.6, which is just above England’s 209.1 and significantly above the South West’s 139.7.