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The Thousand Islands.

It sounds like a land from a fairy tale – but it exists. A constellation of islands as magical as it sounds, as these pictures show.

The name undersells it though, because this archipelago on the Saint Lawrence River, which straddles Ontario and New York State on the US-Canada border, consists of a staggering 1,864 islets.

The view of the Thousand Islands from the amazing 1000 Islands Tower, which is located on Hill Island

The view of the Thousand Islands from the amazing 1000 Islands Tower, which is located on Hill Island

One of the grandest historical buildings in the Thousand Islands archipelago is Boldt Castle on Heart Island (pictured)

One of the grandest historical buildings in the Thousand Islands archipelago is Boldt Castle on Heart Island (pictured)

Some are big – around 40 square miles – but others are not much more than rocky outcrops.

And among them, you’ll find Gothic castles, historic lighthouses, shipwrecks and stately mansions.

The region can be explored from the air by helicopter, on water via boat tours and using kayaks and from beneath the surface on scuba diving tours, which guide guests to some of the area’s many shipwrecks.

Explorable wrecks include that of the A.E. Vickery, which sank in 1889 alongside Rock Island Reef Light; the America, which can be found at a depth of 75ft near Jordstat Castle, and the Arizona, which sank in 1922 in 25ft of water on the south shore of Wolfe Island. 

The area can also be explored in a limited, but spectacular way, by car.

The names of some of the islands - such as Navy, Admiralty and Lake Fleet - explains The Canadian Encylopedia, can be traced back to the Seven Years' War (1756–1763) between Britain and France and the War of 1812 between Britain and the U.S

The names of some of the islands – such as Navy, Admiralty and Lake Fleet – explains The Canadian Encylopedia, can be traced back to the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) between Britain and France and the War of 1812 between Britain and the U.S

The highly photogenic Thousand Islands International Bridge, built in 1937 and upgraded in 1959, spans 8.5 miles and offers drivers breathtaking views of the archipelago’s myriad outcrops.

The bridge is actually split into five sections connecting Interstate 81 in the U.S to Highways 137 and 401 in Canada.

The first section, running from the U.S mainland, connects to Wellesley Island, part of which is a designated State Park offering a sandy beach, a nine-hole golf course, hiking trails and multiple campsites.

Next drivers heading west weave their way via border control to Hill Island, home to the unmissable 400ft-tall 1000 Islands Tower.

An elevator takes visitors to the top, where mesmerising views await.

And back down on the ground, an ice cream parlour awaits.

The final section of the bridge system crosses Constance and Georgina islands before reaching the Canadian mainland.

Just Enough Room Island, which is the smallest inhabited island in the chain and barely the size of a tennis court

Just Enough Room Island, which is the smallest inhabited island in the chain and barely the size of a tennis court 

A Rockport Boat Line vessel pictured on a tour of the jaw-dropping island chain that's shared by the U.S and Canada

A Rockport Boat Line vessel pictured on a tour of the jaw-dropping island chain that’s shared by the U.S and Canada

The area grew rapidly in popularity in the 19th century as an exclusive holiday spot for business owners, governors, senators and presidents

The area grew rapidly in popularity in the 19th century as an exclusive holiday spot for business owners, governors, senators and presidents 

The names of some of the islands – such as Navy, Admiralty and Lake Fleet – explains The Canadian Encylopedia, can be traced back to the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) between Britain and France and the War of 1812 between Britain and the U.S.

It adds that Endymion, Camelot and Mermaid islands are named after gunboats, while others, Gordon and Stovin, for instance, were named after military commanders. 

Some of the outcrops have rather comical names like Just Enough Room Island, which is the smallest inhabited island and barely the size of a tennis court.

Other charming monikers include Honey Bee Island, Chimney Island, Friendly Island and Comfort Island.

Boldt Castle, pictured, was commissioned by George C. Boldt, a self-made millionaire and the first-ever manager of New York's world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Boldt Castle, pictured, was commissioned by George C. Boldt, a self-made millionaire and the first-ever manager of New York’s world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel 

Singer Castle on Dark Island. The Gothic revival property was commissioned by Frederick Bourne, who was the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company

Singer Castle on Dark Island. The Gothic revival property was commissioned by Frederick Bourne, who was the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company

As the 19th century progressed, the area grew rapidly in popularity as an exclusive holiday spot for business owners, governors, senators and presidents, with Ulysses S. Grant (president between 1869 and 1877 ) paying his first visit in 1872.

Some of the other standout Thousand Island fans at the time included George Pullman, the inventor of the railway Pullman sleeping cars, American businessman John Jacob Astor IV (co-founder of Waldorf Astoria hotels), and Helena Rubenstein, who became one of the world’s richest women with her eponymous cosmetics line.

The rich and famous went about selecting their favourite spots in the Thousand Islands and building grand properties to accommodate their families and guests.

A view of Alster Tower on Heart Island. Several million dollars have been spent restoring Heart Island and its accompanying properties

A view of Alster Tower on Heart Island. Several million dollars have been spent restoring Heart Island and its accompanying properties

A breathtaking aerial image of The Thousand Islands International Bridge system over Constance Island (left) and Georgina Island (right)

A breathtaking aerial image of The Thousand Islands International Bridge system over Constance Island (left) and Georgina Island (right)

One of the grandest historical buildings still standing today is Boldt Castle on Heart Island.

The structure, modelled after a Rhineland castle, was commissioned by George C. Boldt, a self-made millionaire and the first-ever manager of New York’s world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The Prussian-born American hotelier wanted to build the castle as a display of his love for his wife, Louise, and 300 workers set about erecting a six-storey 120-room abode, complete with tunnels, turrets, a drawbridge and Italian gardens.

But in January 1904 tragedy truck and Louise died suddenly. Boldt ordered the workers to stop work immediately.

A wintry shot of Singer Castle. It was originally christened The Towers, by its architect Ernest Flagg, whose design was inspired by Woodstock Castle in Scotland

A wintry shot of Singer Castle. It was originally christened The Towers, by its architect Ernest Flagg, whose design was inspired by Woodstock Castle in Scotland

The highly photogenic Thousand Islands International Bridge was built in 1937, upgraded in 1959 and spans 8.5 miles

The highly photogenic Thousand Islands International Bridge was built in 1937, upgraded in 1959 and spans 8.5 miles 

A website detailing the history and information around visiting Boldt Castle notes: ‘A broken-hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream castle without his beloved. Boldt never returned to the island, leaving behind the structure as a monument of his love.’

The castle lay abandoned for 73 years until the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired it in 1977.

It was later opened as a tourist attraction and since then several million dollars have been spent on restoring Heart Island and its accompanying properties.

The Thousand Islands bridge is split into five sections connecting Interstate 81 in the U.S to Highways 137 and 401 in Canada

The Thousand Islands bridge is split into five sections connecting Interstate 81 in the U.S to Highways 137 and 401 in Canada 

Thousand Islands is located on the Saint Lawrence River, which straddles Ontario and New York State on the U.S-Canada border. It consists of a staggering 1,864 islets

Thousand Islands is located on the Saint Lawrence River, which straddles Ontario and New York State on the U.S-Canada border. It consists of a staggering 1,864 islets

Along with his impressive home, Boldt is also said to be responsible for the invention of the now-famed Thousand Island dressing.

According to one legend detailed by the Thousand Islands official tourism website, Boldt’s steward concocted the condiment while out sailing, improvising with the ingredients he had. The hotelier was so impressed that he added the recipe to the Waldorf Astoria menu.

Another grandiose property that still stands within the Thousand Islands archipelago is Singer Castle on Dark Island.

The Gothic revival property was commissioned by Frederick Bourne, who was the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, hence the castle’s present-day name.

Boldt is said to be responsible for the invention of the now-famed Thousand Island dressing. According to one legend his steward concocted the condiment while out sailing, improvising with the ingredients he had. The hotelier was so impressed that he added the recipe to the Waldorf Astoria menu

Boldt is said to be responsible for the invention of the now-famed Thousand Island dressing. According to one legend his steward concocted the condiment while out sailing, improvising with the ingredients he had. The hotelier was so impressed that he added the recipe to the Waldorf Astoria menu 

Standout Thousand Island fans in years gone by include George Pullman, the inventor of the railway Pullman sleeping cars, American businessman John Jacob Astor IV (co-founder of Waldorf Astoria hotels), and Helena Rubenstein, who became one of the world's richest women with her eponymous cosmetics line

Standout Thousand Island fans in years gone by include George Pullman, the inventor of the railway Pullman sleeping cars, American businessman John Jacob Astor IV (co-founder of Waldorf Astoria hotels), and Helena Rubenstein, who became one of the world’s richest women with her eponymous cosmetics line 

It was originally christened The Towers, by its architect Ernest Flagg, whose design was inspired by Woodstock Castle in Scotland.

On Singer Castle’s website, details around its elaborate construction methods are revealed.

It notes how ‘tons of granite were quarried from nearby Oak Island [and] brought over ice and water’ from 1903 to 1905 to construct the property and ‘over 2,000 loads of topsoil were brought from Canada to cover the eight seven acres of rock’.

The region can be explored from the air by helicopter, on water via boat tours and using kayaks and from beneath the surface on scuba diving tours, which guide guests to some of the area's many shipwrecks

The region can be explored from the air by helicopter, on water via boat tours and using kayaks and from beneath the surface on scuba diving tours, which guide guests to some of the area’s many shipwrecks 

A 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours flight pictured over Singer Castle on Dark Island

A 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours flight pictured over Singer Castle on Dark Island 

Charming names of islands in the chain include Honey Bee Island, Chimney Island, Friendly Island and Comfort Island

Charming names of islands in the chain include Honey Bee Island, Chimney Island, Friendly Island and Comfort Island 

The project cost $500,000 at the time, around $14.7million (£11.3million) in today’s money.

The finished castle featured 28 rooms, an elaborate boathouse, secret passageways, dungeons, turrets, tunnels and a two-storey ice house’ essential for fine entertaining at the turn of the century’.

Dark Island and Singer Castle remained in the possession of the Bourne family until the mid-1960s.

It has changed hands several times over the years and opened for public tours, weddings and events in the early 2000s.

There is now also a ‘royal suite’ sleeping six that can be booked for overnight stays.

Always consult official coronavirus travel advice before sightseeing and booking holidays.

9 PLACES TO STAY IN THE THOUSAND ISLANDS

1. Singer Castle on Dark Island: This 28-room Scottish-inspired castle, commissioned by Frederick Bourne, the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and built in 1905 has a one-bedroom suite available for visitors and serves as a wedding venue (www.singercastle.com).

2. Captain Jerry’s Cottage on the St. Lawrence: A private home that sleeps six located on Wellesley Island in New York State. Accessible by vehicle and boat. There is a ferry service to Boldt Castle and other nearby attractions include a state park, golf course, shops and restaurants (www.vrbo.com). 

3. 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel: Nestled on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in New York State, the AAA Four Diamond hotel has 105 rooms with many boasting panoramic river views and balconies. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness centre, Seaway Grille restaurant and 1000 Islands Bar (www.1000islandsharborhotel.com).

4. Absolute 1000 Islands Suites: A Victorian mansion in Gananoque, Ontario, has been restored and converted into self-contained, fully furnished apartments so holidaymakers can ‘live like a local’. There are two apartments available to rent for a minimum of 30 days with a range of amenities including shops and restaurants close by (absolutelocations.net).

5. All Suites Whitney Manor: Located on the doorstep of the Thousand Islands in Kingston, Ontario, at the mouth of the Cataraqui and St. Lawrence rivers this former manor house built in 1817 has been converted into five luxury suites. The private apartments range from one to two bedrooms and all have kitchens, spacious living and dining areas, private balconies or patios, and laundry facilities (www.allsuiteswhitneymanor.com).

6. Belle Island: Located in New York State minutes away from the Canadian-U.S. border, this private island has ‘ample space’ for ten guests. Highlights include a spacious terrace, hot tub, state-of-the-art kitchen and a master bedroom, with an in-bed massage facility, that looks out on to Boldt Castle (www.vladi-private-islands.de).

7. Thousand Islands Country Club: The private golf resort on Wellesley Island in New York State upgraded its villas and suites last year to mark its 125th anniversary. Along with an 18-hole golf course, other prime attractions on the site include a marina with a protected harbor and a ‘pub and grill’ restaurant (ticountryclub.com).

8. Island Escape Cottage: Located on Round Island in New York State, this holiday rental is only accessible by boat. It includes a six-bedroom cottage with a two-bedroom bungalow overlooking a channel. The property listing notes that the island has ‘scenic paths for walking and trail running’ and the small post office hosts weekend yoga classes (www.vrbo.com).

9. Quadkin Island: This private island includes a spacious eight-bedroom house with ‘ample space’ for parking on the mainland just a quick boat ride away. The property is located just down river from Boldt Castle in New York State and described as being ‘best suited for those seeking a quintessential island experience who enjoy the outdoors, appreciate historic river homes and is comfortable being in nature’ (www.vrbo.com).

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Coronavirus UK: ALL of Nottinghamshire in Tier 3 lockdown from Friday

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Manchester’s Nightingale hospital today became the first moth-balled facility in England to open up again in an attempt to free up hospital beds across the North West, as millions of people across the country face being hit by even tougher restrictions to curb spiralling Covid-19 cases. 

NHS chiefs announced the make-shift site inside the Manchester Central Conference Centre — which was placed on red alert earlier this month amid fears the region’s hospitals could be overwhelmed by a spike in infections — would accept non-coronavirus patients from today. 

The hospital closed in June when the first wave of the UK’s outbreak burned out but was placed back on stand-by over fears that local hospitals would once again be inundated. Greater Manchester, home to around 2.8million people, was last week forced into a Tier Three lockdown to tackle soaring cases.

It comes as officials today revealed all of Nottinghamshire will be dragged into the toughest bracket to fight its growing outbreak, which has forced hospitals to start cancelling cancer operations to make space of Covid-19 patients. Around 1.2million people living in the county will fall under the harshest lockdown from Friday, after four of the eight local authorities initially escaped the most stringent restrictions.

Elsewhere, Bristol sparked confusion by designing its own Tier One Plus level. The move — the first of its kind — will see eight Covid-19 marshals on the street to ensure compliance with national measures, more support for test and trace and messaging to encourage people to stick to the rules.

And talks over whether or not 1.8million people living in West Yorkshire will join the 7million in Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire in Tier Three are ongoing. Officials in Kirklees — one of five authorities facing extra measures — have rejected the proposals. 

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All of Nottinghamshire will move into Tier Three restrictions on Friday, it has been confirmed, after a crisis meeting between ministers and local leaders. Bristol is also moving into a Tier Plus One, while West Yorkshire negotiates over Tier Three 

NHS chiefs announced the make-shift site inside the Manchester Central Conference Centre — which was placed on red alert earlier this month amid fears the region's hospitals could be overwhelmed by a spike in infections — would accept non-coronavirus patients from today

NHS chiefs announced the make-shift site inside the Manchester Central Conference Centre — which was placed on red alert earlier this month amid fears the region’s hospitals could be overwhelmed by a spike in infections — would accept non-coronavirus patients from today

Seven Nightingales were built during the first wave of the pandemic, although only two are believed to have actually treated patients - in Manchester and London

Seven Nightingales were built during the first wave of the pandemic, although only two are believed to have actually treated patients – in Manchester and London

Kirklees has the lowest infection rate in the West Yorkshire region. All of Nottinghamshire  may be moved into Tier 3

Kirklees has the lowest infection rate in the West Yorkshire region. All of Nottinghamshire  may be moved into Tier 3

NOTTINGHAM CITY: Coronavirus cases in this area have started to decrease since October 1, ahead of tighter restrictions being imposed across the area. It will be moving into Tier Three

NOTTINGHAM CITY: Coronavirus cases in this area have started to decrease since October 1, ahead of tighter restrictions being imposed across the area. It will be moving into Tier Three

MANSFIELD: This region was set to join Tier Two but ministers have now decided to move it into Tier Three

MANSFIELD: This region was set to join Tier Two but ministers have now decided to move it into Tier Three

BASSETLAW: After a continuing spike in infections in the local area, Bassetlaw will also be moved to Tier Three

BASSETLAW: After a continuing spike in infections in the local area, Bassetlaw will also be moved to Tier Three

NEWARK AND SHERWOOD: The constituency of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is also set to face the harshest lockdown restrictions. Its case rate is stable, as shown by the graph, but it is not falling

NEWARK AND SHERWOOD: The constituency of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is also set to face the harshest lockdown restrictions. Its case rate is stable, as shown by the graph, but it is not falling

ASHFIELD: This local area will also be joining Tier Three restrictions as the number of coronavirus cases there continue to rise

ASHFIELD: This local area will also be joining Tier Three restrictions as the number of coronavirus cases there continue to rise

CANCER OPERATIONS CANCELLED IN NOTTINGHAM AHEAD OF TIER THREE MEASURES

Nottingham hospital bosses have begun cancelling cancer operations due to ‘pressure on intensive care units’.

The city and neighbouring boroughs are preparing for Tier Three restrictions to come into force on Friday.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust medical director Keith Girling said they had postponed four cancer operations. 

The head of the NHS trust, which runs Nottingham’s two main hospitals, previously said some non-urgent surgery and appointments would have to be cancelled because of a spike in Covid-19 admissions.

It is understood the trust has not implemented a blanket cancellation of cancer operations.

Confirming the cancellation of some operations, Dr Girling said: ‘We’ve had to make the extremely difficult decision to postpone operations for four of our cancer/pre-cancer patients this week due to pressure on our intensive care units from both Covid-19 and non-Covid related emergencies.

‘We expect to treat one of the postponed patients next week, and we’re in contact with the others to arrange a new date, which will be imminent.

‘This delay, however short, will be incredibly hard for the patients and their families, and I’m truly sorry for any distress this will have caused.

‘We are working closely with partners, and from next week we will be increasing our work with the independent sector to ensure we can continue to carry out urgent and cancer operations.’  

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Local NHS bosses last week announced the temporary hospital, set up in the Manchester Central Conference Centre, would be brought back into use before the end of this week. 

Earlier this month, Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate were asked to ‘mobilise’ and prepare for patients as areas in the north of England saw infection rates rise.

Manchester’s facility, which was opened in April and has become the first in England to open its doors again, has capacity to care for 750 patients. 

It will reopen as figures show the number of coronavirus patients being treated in the North West is approaching the level it was at the peak of the first wave.

An spokeswoman for the NHS in the North West said the temporary hospital would care for patients who do not have coronavirus.

She said: ‘The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West will accept patients from today to provide care for those who do not have Covid-19, but do need further support before they are able to go home, such as therapy and social care assessments.’  

Figures show, as of October 26, North West hospitals had 2,407 patients with coronavirus.

The number is the highest since April 23 and not far below the figure of 2,890 from the peak of the first wave on April 13.

Dr Jane Eddleston, medical director of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The Nightingale will not be used as a critical care facility and neither was it in the first phase. It will be used as a facility for patients to have additional rehabilitation.’

It comes as Nottinghamshire County Council confirmed to MailOnline that the whole county will be entering Tier Three restrictions from Friday.

Four boroughs — Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Mansfield, and Newark and Sherwood — initially escaped the most stringent restrictions. Only the city of Nottingham and three neighbouring local authorities were set to enter Tier Three at midnight tonight. 

But, after extending the measures to the whole county, this has been pushed back by 24 hours — although the restrictions are still set to last 28 days, it was decided in crunch talks held this morning.  

Councillor Jason Zadrozny, the leader of Ashfield district council who was at the meeting, told Nottinghamshire Live they got a concession from the Government by demanding the imposition of restrictions must be pushed back by 24 hours to Friday morning.

WHAT ARE THE INFECTION RATES IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE?

KEY: Location, infection rate per 100,000 for the week ending October 22, percentage change in infection rate between week ending October 18 and week ending October 22. 

Nottingham, 468.9 per 100,000, DOWN 35.4 per cent

Gedling, 423.3 per 100,000, UP 11.4 per cent

Rushcliffe, 385.1 per 100,000, UP 5.5 per cent

Broxtowe, 369.2 per 100,000, UP 17.3 per cent

Mansfield, 317.4 per 100,000, UP 67.6 per cent

Ashfield, 306.4 per 100,000, UP 49 per cent

Bassetlaw, 292.9 per 100,000, UP 77.3 per cent

Newark, 196 per 100,000, UP 14.3 per cent

England average, 181 per 100,000, for week ending October 18

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‘It wasn’t really a consultation or asking what we are okay with, it was them telling us that we are doing it,’ he said.

‘The main concession we got is that they wanted to implement it tonight at midnight which was frankly a joke. It was the main argument of the meeting but it would have meant giving a load of businesses 12 hours notice to close. That is ludicrous and it would have been us having to do it.’

He added: ‘The CCG and health leaders were pressing that if they don’t get a grip on the curve then hospitals won’t have capacity to cope.

‘In Mansfield and Ashfield the whole problem is with the over 60s, and the curve is going up dramatically with people in intensive care and needing ventilator treatment.’

Councillor Francis Purdue-Horan, the joint vice chair of adult social care and public health at Rushcliffe council, told MailOnline that the Government had been trying to impose restrictions in the area for three weeks.

‘It all went a bit pear-shaped on Wednesday,’ he said. ‘Monday we had the official announcement but no additional detail. That was promised on Tuesday and — up until last night — we had no extra words.

‘Then we got a communication from the county hall about 7.30pm that they were still waiting to hear from the Government to confirm whether we were going ahead from Thursday into lockdown for Nottingham city and the three boroughs. And then it emerged late last night that an urgent meeting had been called for 9am with the other districts.’

He said the meeting was also attended by Conservative Housing Minister Chris Pincher. 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, whose Newark constituency dodged Tier Three in the first round of talks, has told the BBC that it ‘makes sense’ to bring the whole of Nottinghamshire into the highest level of restrictions.  

Nottingham City recorded a 36.7 per cent fall in its infection rate on October 18 compared to the previous week, the latest for which data is available, when it dropped from 926.7 to 586.7 cases per 100,000 people. But in the surrounding Nottinghamshire region the infection rate rose by 16.9 per cent in the same time period, climbing from 220.5 to 257.7 per 100,000.

The two main hospitals in Nottingham city have also begun to cancel cancer operations, as the number of Covid-19 patients they are treating jumps above the levels they saw at the height of the first wave in April.

Warning of impending restrictions for the whole region this morning, the MP for Ashfield Lee Anderson told constituents: ‘I have been on the phone last night and this morning to senior Government officials and other MPs.

‘I will be totally honest with you in that I expect the whole of Nottinghamshire to be put into Tier Three. This is something I strongly opposed but the latest figures are hard to argue against. Our rates are rising while the City’s are falling.’ 

Ben Bradley, MP for Mansfield, warned this morning that there’s been a ‘big spike’ in North Nottinghamshire, with cases in Mansfield rising by more than 50 per cent to levels similar to Tier 3 area Broxtowe.

‘Please stay safe, stick to the rules, and let’s do our best to try and get a handle on this,’ he said.

‘Despite having been excluded from Tier Three in those early talks, there’s still a real risk that if numbers continue like this that we might end up in those higher restrictions.’ 

BRISTOL: The city has imposed its own Tier One Plus restrictions in response to rising infections, in an attempt to head off the risk of it being forced into Tier Two

BRISTOL: The city has imposed its own Tier One Plus restrictions in response to rising infections, in an attempt to head off the risk of it being forced into Tier Two

KIRKLEES: The council area in West Yorkshire is resisting attempts to put it into Tier Three, saying it will not agree until ministers set out a clear exit strategy

KIRKLEES: The council area in West Yorkshire is resisting attempts to put it into Tier Three, saying it will not agree until ministers set out a clear exit strategy

HULL: This city along with the East Riding of Yorkshire is facing being placed into Tier Two in response to surging infections

HULL: This city along with the East Riding of Yorkshire is facing being placed into Tier Two in response to surging infections

WHAT IS TIER ONE PLUS? 

Bristol City Council today sparked confusion by announcing it will be imposing its own Tier One Plus.

The restrictions, which were designed by local officials and are not approved by the Government, are already in force, local leaders said in a press conference.

Bristol had a case rate of 323.1 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending October 22. This is the latest date for which data is available.

The levels are far above the 181 cases per 100,000 for England, as of the week ending 18 October, but it is thought that the vast majority of infections are among students in the city.

It has two thriving universities – with 50,000 students between them – which have both had to lockdown halls in response to outbreaks.

They will involve the following:

  • Recruitment of eight Covid-19 marshalls to ensure restrictions are imposed including the rule of six and social distancing
  • Messaging to be given out informing the public how to safely use public spaces;
  • Additional support for test and trace to curb the rise in infections in the region; 
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Bristol City Council held a press conference this morning to announce it will move into Tier One Plus shortly.

Mayor Marvin Rees said they had already moved into the locally-designed level of restrictions, which he hoped would stop the city being pushed into Tier Two.

‘We are looking at a Tier One Plus approach,’ he said, with ‘targeted actions’ aiming to quell surging infections. 

He added the council will be employing eight Covid-19 marshalls to ensure restrictions are observed  

As many as 400 penalties for breaking Covid-19 restrictions have been handed out in the city since March, with 37 issued at the start of October.

Bristol had a case rate of 323.1 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending October 22. This is the latest date for which data is available.

The levels are far above the 181 cases per 100,000 for England, as of the week ending 18 October, but it is thought that the vast majority of infections are among students in the city.

It has two thriving universities – with 50,000 students between them – which have both had to lockdown halls in response to outbreaks.

West Yorkshire is facing Tier Three restrictions. But Kirklees council, in the region, warned last night in a cross-party statement it would not accept tighter restrictions without a clear exit strategy. 

They said: ‘Rising infection rates in Kirklees and the pressure that is having on the NHS is something we must take seriously, and we need to do all we can to improve this situation so we can save lives. However, we do not believe Tier Three restrictions are the best way for us to do this.

‘The closure of our pubs and bars will have a devastating impact on our economy and people’s livelihoods, and we have not seen the evidence that this will directly impact on infection rates.

‘We instead need to continue the work we are doing at a local level, on the ground, in our communities. We are already seeing positive results from this work, with Kirklees now having the lowest rates in West Yorkshire. We’re urging the Government to give us more resources to build on this.’ 

‘For these reasons, Kirklees’ Outbreak Control Board has unanimously agreed to urge the Government not to place Kirklees in Tier 3 and to instead let us build on the work we’re doing to prevent the spread of the virus locally.’

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER: Cases in the region, along with the whole of the North of England, have been rising rapidly

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER: Cases in the region, along with the whole of the North of England, have been rising rapidly

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER: Deaths in the region are also beginning to rise following a further spread of the virus

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER: Deaths in the region are also beginning to rise following a further spread of the virus

WHAT ARE THE RULES IN DIFFERENT TIERS OF LOCKDOWN?

TIER ONE 

Tier one restrictions mirror those already in place across England.

These include the rule of six, a 10pm curfew, group sport to be played outdoors only and a maximum of 15 guests at wedding ceremonies.  

TIER TWO 

Tier two restrictions mean people are prohibited from socialising with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting

Two households may be allowed to meet in a private garden and public outdoor spaces, as long as the rule of six and social distancing are followed.

Tradespeople – such as plumbers and electricians – can continue to go into a household for work. 

TIER THREE 

Restaurants can open, but only until 10pm. 

Pubs and bars will be ordered to close unless they also operate as a restaurant.

This definition extends to pubs which sell ‘substantial’ meals, which like restaurants will be allowed to stay open but only serve alcohol to people eating a meal.

Locals are advised only to leave their areas for essential travel such as work, education or health, and must return before the end of the day.

Overnight stays by those from outside of these ‘high risk’ areas are also be banned. Households are not be allowed to mix either indoors or outdoors.     

 

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Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman tweeted yesterday: ‘A challenging but encouraging meeting of the Kirklees Outbreak Group involving all four MPs & Council Leaders.

‘We are together determined to make the case for staying in Tier 2 and working together to beat the virus!’

He told Yorkshire Live yesterday that the disease is ‘rampant’ in the region with rates going up and hospitals ‘under pressure’.

‘I think they are going to put us in the next tier quite soon,’ he added. ‘It’s inevitable.’ 

Ministers often step in to curb rises in infections in response to projected constraints with space in hospitals, and fears they could become overwhelmed.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, which provides healthcare in the region, is yet to move to cancel operations or state that it has capacity concerns.

The trust had 13 critical care beds as of February 2020, the last date for which data is available, according to information released by the NHS.

When the council was moved into Tier 2 on October 14, the Government provided a further £7.6million to Kirklees council to support vital services.

Conservative MP Mark Eastwood said the support was ‘hugely welcome’ and will help ‘ease financial pressures’.

He added: ‘Just like we said we would stand behind people whose jobs are at risk, this Conservative Government is keeping its promise to local authorities and ensuring they have the resources they need to continue supporting people.’

More than 400,000 people live in the Kirklees area.

It is among five local authorities that make up West Yorkshire – which also includes Leeds, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield – where talks are ongoing about moving the whole region into Tier 3.

Department of Health statistics show cases are rising across all five areas of West Yorkshire — with almost 9,000 new infections in the week ending October 21. But the Covid-19 outbreak in Leeds appears to have stabilised after soaring at the end of September, according to government statistics. 

Nonetheless, the pressure from the virus is being felt in the region, with Leeds hospital trust stating it now has more Covid-19 patients than at the height of the pandemic.

In a tweet last night, they said: ‘We have 263 patients in our beds who have tested positive for Covid-19, including 22 in intensive care. This means we have more Covid-19 patients in our hospitals than at the peak of the pandemic in mid-April.

The Trust possesses 104 critical care beds, according to figures from February this year, of which around 80 are typically occupied at this time of year.

Hull is also in talks about moving into Tier 2 restrictions, the city’s Public Health chief has confirmed this morning.

Julia Weldon told Viking FM that the city may be moved into the tightened measures alongside the whole of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

‘Hull’s rate and that in the wider Yorkshire and Humber region is increasing rapidly,’ she said. ‘We have been clear since the implementation of coronavirus tier alert system that we anticipated a move from medium to high.

‘Currently, we are in ongoing conversations with Government about if and when this might happen. Any change to our local alert level will be communicated publicly, clearly, and at the earliest opportunity.

‘It is absolutely vital that regardless of which tier of restrictions we are subject to, we all do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus.

‘We have all had many months of this and, as we head into winter, it certainly doesn’t get easier. But now, more than ever, we must keep going.’

The infection rate for Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire – at 248.3 and 238.9 per 100,000 – is below neighbouring York – at 299.6 – and North East Lincolnshire – at 319.6 – which are not thought to be in talks about tighter restrictions.

It comes after SAGE warned that the UK’s second wave of the pandemic could be more deadly than the first, with deaths peaking at a lower level but staying at this height for far longer than the first time.

The scientific advisory group has also called for a national lockdown in December, warning escalating infections could force the whole country into Tier 3 by the middle of the month.

But Mr Johnson is facing a difficult balancing act with advisers calling for tougher restrictions while Tory MPs demand the PM set out a lockdown exit strategy.

The Northern Research Group of more than 50 Red Wall MPs is adamant the PM must announce a road map for how areas can get out of Tier Three as rebels warned the north of England is being unfairly treated.

The group’s efforts received a boost from Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday as he said he shared the MPs’ frustrations at rules being imposed and ‘you want to know when it is going to be over’.

Despite the warnings from SAGE, Environment Secretary George Eustice insisted this morning a national lockdown is ‘not appropriate’ because there is ‘no point having a lockdown in those parts of the country where the incidence of the disease is very low’.

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Ministers have dished out contracts worth £180million to management consultants for work on Brexit, it was revealed today.

The Government has spent more than £88million over the past two years but has increased its spending with little more than two months to go until the end of the transition period.

But now it has signed six £30million deals with some of the world’s largest consultancy and accountancy firms, McKinsey, Bain and Company, KPMG, Accenture, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The tender for the contracts, which started in September and run to October next year, state: ‘Over the next 12 – 24 months, Government departments anticipate a significant increase in demand for strategic programme management expertise from the consultancy market, to support the successful delivery of the UK’s economic and political independence including, future relationships with the EU and the rest of the world.’

But their discover by the Byline Times comes amid fury at the rate of spending on private consultants.

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The Government has signed six £30million deals with some of the world’s largest consultancy and accountancy firms, McKinsey, Bain and Company, KPMG, Accenture, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee, told The Times today : 'Consultancy work on very specialist technical issues can have a place but we have a tendency to pass work over to highly paid consultants as a first choice too often'

Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee, told The Times today : ‘Consultancy work on very specialist technical issues can have a place but we have a tendency to pass work over to highly paid consultants as a first choice too often’

Lord Agnew, a Cabinet Office and Treasury minister, said in a leaked letter last month the amount of work being farmed out to the private sector was ‘unacceptable’ and that it ‘infantilises’ the civil service.  

He said too often private consultants provided ‘poor value for money’ as he called for Government departments to keep more of their work in-house. 

The shot across the bows comes after Whitehall spending on consultants has surged in the wake of the 2016 EU referendum, hitting more than £1.5billion in 2017/18. 

Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee, told The Times today: ‘Consultancy work on very specialist technical issues can have a place but we have a tendency to pass work over to highly paid consultants as a first choice too often.’

There has been a massive spike in Government spending on private consultants in recent years. 

New controls introduced in 2010 saw spending dramatically curtailed from £1.9bn in 2009/10 to £651m in 2010/11. 

Annual expenditure then stayed between about £400m and £700m for the next six years. 

But between 2015/16 and 2017/18 spending on consultants trebled in real terms, according to the National Audit Office, from £513m to more than £1.5bn.

The surge in spending came as the UK wrestled with its divorce from the European Union. 

Official figures for 2018/19 and beyond are yet to be released but the advent of the coronavirus crisis is expected to have had a considerable impact on spending on consultants this year. 

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman told the paper: ‘As a responsible government we have, and will continue to, draw on the expert advice of a range of specialists to prepare for the changes and opportunities that will come from the end of the transition period.’

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West Indies’ Marlon Samuels boasts of ‘f***ing superior skin tone’ in racist attack on Ben Stokes

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West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels has boasted of his ‘f***ing superior skin tone’ in a racist attack on rival Ben Stokes.

The Jamaican also taunted 2019’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year by saying: ‘Give me 14 days with your wife turn har [sic] into Jamaican in 14 seconds mate.’

The shocking outburst came after the England all-rounder joked he would not wish two weeks of Covid-19 quarantine on his ‘worst enemy’ – even Samuels. 

The Durham cricketer has yet to comment publicly on Samuels’ post, but used his Instagram story to post a series of pictures of his rival.

The 29-year-old posted two close-up photos of the former West Indies captain, 39, followed by ones of him arguing with retired Australian spinner Shane Warne.

The Jamaican also taunted 2019's BBC Sports Personality of the Year by saying: 'Give me 14 days with your wife turn har [sic] into Jamaican in 14 seconds mate.' Pictured: Stokes and wife Clare last year

The Jamaican also taunted 2019’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year by saying: ‘Give me 14 days with your wife turn har [sic] into Jamaican in 14 seconds mate.’ Pictured: Stokes and wife Clare last year

The shocking outburst came after the England all-rounder joked he would not wish two weeks of Covid-19 quarantine on his 'worst enemy' - even Samuels (pictured rowing in 2016)

The shocking outburst came after the England all-rounder joked he would not wish two weeks of Covid-19 quarantine on his ‘worst enemy’ – even Samuels (pictured rowing in 2016)

Samuels' post on Instagram which has been widely condemned as racist and unacceptable

Samuels’ post on Instagram which has been widely condemned as racist and unacceptable 

In one foul-mouthed Instagram post, Samuels described Stokes and former Australian cricketer Shane Warne as 'b****'

In one foul-mouthed Instagram post, Samuels described Stokes and former Australian cricketer Shane Warne as ‘b****’ 

Samuels continued his tirade against Stokes in another Instagram post, recalling how he saluted the England batsmen after he was dismissed at Grenada in 2015

Samuels continued his tirade against Stokes in another Instagram post, recalling how he saluted the England batsmen after he was dismissed at Grenada in 2015 

How the row unfolded:

Monday

England cricketer Ben Stokes tells the Test Match Special podcast that he wouldn’t wish 14 days of Covid-19 quarantine on his ‘worst enemy’ – and even old West Indies foe Marlon Samuels.

Stokes was forced to quarantine as a precaution after travelling from New Zealand to the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.

He said: ‘I text my brother saying the same thing, and my brother asked: ‘You wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels?’

‘I said ‘no, it’s that bad’ – that’s how tough it was.’

Tuesday

Samuels responds to Stokes’s comments with a series of racist Instagram posts.

In one, he writes: ‘No white boy could diss me in the sports and no get diss look at this b**** still thinking about me. Give me 14 days with your wife turn har [sic] into Jamaican in 14 seconds mate.

‘None of y’all knows me that simple means it’s my f***ing superior skin tone yall hate, f*** you.’

In another post, Samuels calls Stokes and former Australian cricketer Shane Warne, another old rival a ‘b****.’

Tuesday

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan leads condemnation of Samuels and his racist posts.

Wednesday

Warne hits back at Samuels, suggesting he ‘has no friends at all and not even his ex teammates like him.’ He tells Samuels to ‘get help.’

Meanwhile, Stokes posts a series of pictures of Samuels, including clashes from their careers, in a cryptic Instagram message.

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The row started when Stokes told the BBC Test Match Special podcast: ‘Some of the England boys were messaging me asking what it’s like and I was saying it wasn’t the most enjoyable thing you ever have to do… I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

‘I text my brother saying the same thing and my brother asked, ”you wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels”? I said, ”no, it’s that bad” – that’s how tough it was.’

Stokes had to quarantine for a fortnight in August when he travelled to New Zealand to visit his father Ged, who is battling brain cancer.

He had to self-isolate a second time after then flying to the United Arab Emirates to play in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals.

But Samuels took the joke to heart and quickly hit back using his Instagram stories.

He wrote: : ‘No white boy can diss me in the sports and no (sic) get diss back.’

He also called Stokes a ‘b****’ and added: ‘Give me 14 days with your wife turn har [sic] into Jamaican in 14 seconds mate.’

Samuels later had a pop at Warne, also calling him ‘b****’ while heavily plugging his brand of perfume range Sextillion.

He followed it with a number of supportive messages from fans and a recording of a message supposedly sent to him from an English cricket coach.

He claimed it had advice on how to avoid ‘Ben Stokes syndrome’ of getting out early. Samuels later deleted some of the offensive posts.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticised Samuels on Twitter, saying: ‘This is appalling @marlonsamuels…’

‘We are trying to stamp out racism…!! A bit of banter by @benstokes38 should not lead to this…’

Warne commented: ‘I’ve just been sent what Samuels has posted re @benstokes38 & I.

‘It’s a very sad situation as he obviously needs serious help-but has no friends at all & not even his ex teammates like him.

‘Just because you were an ordinary cricketer-no need to be an ordinary person. Get help son.’

Broadcaster Piers Morgan added: ‘Absolutely disgraceful racist abuse by Samuels. If a white player said this to a black player he would be banned for life. Shameful.’

It is not the first time Stokes and Samueals have clashed in the past, with them having more than five years of feuds.

Samuels saluted Stokes off the field when he got out during a Test match in Grenada in April 2015.

Samuels (right) and Stokes (left) have previous from the cricket field - Samuels saluted Stokes as he left the field during a 2015 Test match between West Indies and England in Grenada

Samuels (right) and Stokes (left) have previous from the cricket field – Samuels saluted Stokes as he left the field during a 2015 Test match between West Indies and England in Grenada

Samuels later had a pop at Warne (pictured in 2013), also calling him 'b****' while promoting his brand of perfume range

Samuels later had a pop at Warne (pictured in 2013), also calling him ‘b****’ while promoting his brand of perfume range

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The England man, who married Clare in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset in 2017 and has two children, returned the favour by applauding when Samuels got out.

The pair also fell out during the 2016 World Twenty20 final in Kolkata after Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off Stokes deliveries in the final over.

In his 2016 book Firestarter, Stokes accused Samuels of ‘lacking respect.’

He wrote: ‘Marlon lacks respect. You get that if you have spent any time with him on a cricket field.

‘Marlon’s conduct after West Indies’ victory over us in this year’s World Twenty20 final showed a total disrespect for the game.

‘Without removing his batting pads, Marlon walked into a press conference, sat down and placed his feet on the desk. Totally lacking manners.’

Stokes hit back by posting a series of photographs of Samuels in action on his Instagram

Stokes hit back by posting a series of photographs of Samuels in action on his Instagram

Samuels has also clashed with Warne on and off the cricket pitch in the past.

During the Australian Big Bash League in 2013, they squared up when Samuels appeared to hold the shirt of batsman David Hussey as he was about to go for a run.

Later in the contest, when Warne was bowling and Samuels batting, the Aussie pulled on his shirt while shouting ‘want to grab some more people? F*** you mate.’

In another incident, Warne threw the ball towards his torso while fielding, with Samuels then throwing his bat in Warne’s direction.

After retirement, Warne moved to the commentary box and has been critical of Samuels on a number of occasions.

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