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Gloucestershire MPs meet with health secretary over tiers

Gloucestershire's MPs have met with health secretary Matt Hancock to discuss the coronavirus situation ahead of any potential changes to tier restrictions.

All of Gloucestershire is under tier two restrictions, but case rates have risen in parts of the county - particularly Gloucester and the Forest of Dean - in the last week.

An announcement on any changes in tier restrictions will be made tomorrow.

Gloucester MP Richard Graham tweeted: "Very helpful discussion by all 6 Glos MPs with @MattHancock on virus situation in Gloucestershire - recognising the different challenges & situations of all constituencies."

Mr Graham has urged people to stick to the rule to avoid any further spike.

Eased rules over Christmas will be in place over Christmas following talks between the Government and devolved administrations with three households able to form a bubble to meet indoors with travel allowed between tiers and UK nations from December 23-27.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons: "We should exercise extreme caution in the way we celebrate Christmas."

He said the four UK nations had reached a "unanimous agreement" although Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford said only two households would be allowed to meet in a bubble.

And Wales will go into a level four lockdown at the end of the Christmas period with some sectors, including hair salons, faced to close beforehand.

In Scotland, the guidance is for families to only come together for one day over Christmas.

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