Recap: West Midlands facing new coronavirus restrictions
In case you're just joining us, here's a round-up of the news on post-lockdown tiers.
Five areas of the West Midlands will move in to tier two restrictions once lockdown ends - Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Cheshire.
All the others will be placed under tougher tier three restrictions.
There will be no parts of the West Midlands returning to tier one, although all this will be reviewed after a fortnight and some areas could be downgraded.
The government has explained the reasoning behind each of the decisions and generally speaking the areas with the higher infection rates and greatest pressure on the local NHS are in tier three.
A number of areas are in a different tier to the one they were in when lockdown started, with Warwickshire showing the biggest shift - up from tier one to tier three.
'Shock' of Warwickshire entering tier three restrictions
Political Reporter, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
Coventry and Warwickshire both enter the most restrictive
tier three which I’m sure won’t be welcomed by many businesses and those living
in the areas.
It will be a shock particularly to the people in
Warwickshire and the politicians there – I think there was a feeling that
Warwickshire had a bit of a better grip on rates, particularly in the south of
the county, and they thought that they might get away with avoiding those
highest level restrictions and may have even got into the lowest – but as it
turns out today that’s not the case.
This obviously means a big change for some coming from the
lowest restrictions before the national lockdown with restaurants and pubs now
having to close.
Covid-19: Reasons for tier choices published by government
Population estimates for Coventry, which have been used to justify the building of thousands of new homes on green belt land, have been criticised by local MPs.
Coventry City Council believes it must accommodate 42,400 homes by 2031 based on ONS figures which suggests a growth in population by 31%.
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Labour's Taiwo Owatemi and Zarah Sultana have put their names to a letter alongside Conservative colleagues Jeremy Wright, Mark Pawsey and Craig Tracey, who represent Warwickshire constituencies.
The letter, from the countryside campaign group CPRE, challenges the assumptions behind the population growth estimate and asks why it is more than double the average estimated growth of 14% in the West Midlands.
Taiwo Owatemi, the Coventry North West MP, said it "would be tragic to tear up these green spaces".