AS THE Government announces that Winchester and the rest of Hampshire will move into Tier 2 once lockdown ends, MPs for the area have shared their reaction to the update. 

Winchester and Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine said: “I was not in favour of a second national lockdown so I am pleased at least we’re moving back to a tiered, fairer, approach but I suspect for many December 2nd will look and feel a lot like December 1st.

“There is clearly a mixed picture across Hampshire but the Government’s assertion we have falling infection rates and stable NHS admissions mean we should anticipate keenly the first review point in mid-December. Between now and then we need to know exactly the criteria against which we’ll be judged and to drive up the numbers who actually do isolate upon receiving a positive test.

“Ahead of any vote next week, I am clear the burden remains on the Government to demonstrate the necessity and proportionality of each restriction in each area and to show how they will save more lives than they cost.”

Meon Valley MP Flick Drummond said: “I am disappointed my constituency, and Hampshire as a whole, will move from Tier 1 to Tier 2 following the lockdown but I do understand we are not isolated and that areas around us have higher infection rates.

“It is clearly a big improvement on lockdown and it is important non-essential retail can now reopen next month to help get the economy moving.

“No mixing indoors with others is going to be tough for many considering the time of year but we will just have to wrap up warm and head outside to meet up socially distanced in groups of six.

“Despite the disappointment, it is vital we adhere to the restrictions while we await a vaccine. It will save lives this winter.”