Boris Johnson has unveiled his Covid Winter Plan, which will see England return to a three-tiered system once the current Lok Sabha rules are scrapped.
These restrictions are a stricter version of the measures implemented in October, although measures around the Christmas break may be temporarily easier.
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Mr Johnson is making two separate remote announcements, outlining House of Commons measures Monday afternoon before holding a press conference in the evening.
This is when the new sanctions will replace the existing national lockouts, what they will include and how long the measures will last.
When does the lockdown end and the tire system starts?
Ever since the lockdown was introduced on Thursday, November 5, the government has insisted that it be lifted on Wednesday, December 2.
This is the legal end of the measure and any increase must be passed by a vote of Parliament.
In his address to MPs on Monday afternoon, the Prime Minister indicated that the new level of sanctions would take effect immediately after the end of the lockout, suggesting December 00 to December 2.
He said: “From next Wednesday, people will be able to leave their homes for any purpose and to meet others in public places, which are subject to the rule of six.
“Mass worship, weddings and outdoor games may resume, and shops, personal care, gyms and large recreational areas may reopen.”
Although the Prime Minister outlined the rules on Monday, the list of areas to be placed under each area will be announced on Thursday, November 26.
How long will the level restrictions last?
The UK will be reviewed on a regular basis in accordance with the latest statistics and trends and there will be a legal obligation to keep measures under review.
The government appears optimistic that the amounts could be gradually reduced by the spring, with vaccines approved by regular regulations, Mr Johnson set March as a realistic end date.
This allows for the planning of a vaccination rollout next month before the comprehensive program in the new year – although the test results have been positive, no vaccine has received regulatory approval.
What are tier rules?
The first category meant that the region carried out the same national measures that were in place across the country at the time, including a 10 a.m. curfew for pubs and restaurants and a ban on gatherings of more than six people.
Under the second category – high alert – domestic mixing was banned indoors while the rule of six continued to apply outside. Tier Three had a very high alert and social gatherings were banned both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars were asked to close until they could operate as a restaurant.
In his announcement, Johnson said: “So we are not replacing national measures with a free, anti-Covid status for all, we are going back to a regional tiered approach – where we implement strict measures. Covid is the most popular.
“And while previous local levels have reduced the ‘R’ number, they were not enough to reduce it to less than one. So scientific advice, I’m afraid, is that we need to tighten our standards when we come out. “
Under the new rules, other parts of the UK will be subject to higher standards and certain restrictions will be different than before.
For example, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to remain open after the 10 pm curfew, which was previously in tires one and two.
The plans mean that, while final orders should be called at 10pm, people will have more time to finish eating and drinking, increasing the opening hours to 11pm.
Third, pubs and restaurants will only be able to provide takeaway and delivery services, while indoor entertainment, hotels and other accommodations will be closed.
It is expected that more places will be ranked two and three compared to October, with almost all socialization with people outside your home banned.
Instead of a decision by local authorities, the gym will be allowed to reopen across the UK, and non-essential retailers will also open their doors as the government seeks to increase pre-Christmas spending.
Outdoor sports and religious services are expected to be allowed at all levels.
What will happen at Christmas?
He told the Commons: “I can’t say that Christmas will be normal this year, but in times of trouble with loved ones, it is very precious to people of all faiths, and no one else.
“We all want Christmas, we need it, we definitely feel we deserve it. But what we don’t want is to be careful with the winds and let the virus flare up again, forcing us all to lock up in January.
“So to allow families to come together, while minimizing the risk, we are working with the cannabis administration to fully embrace the United Kingdom over a particularly limited Christmas distribution.”
Many homes – possibly three – could be allowed to temporarily create a bubble between December 22 and 28, with plans to cover all four UK countries. Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper said that the suspension of Christmas Day services would also lift restrictions on church services.
But although plans have not yet been finalized, ministers have made it clear that the festive season will be different than usual.
Will status restrictions definitely pass the vote?
MPs will need to vote on the Covid Winter Plan, and it is likely to pass – although the Prime Minister’s back bench will be wary of a revolt from Tory MPs who oppose the new sanctions.
Earlier this month, during the vote on the current four-week system, 32 Conservatives revolted against the measure and 17 others, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, abstained.
A “Covid Recovery Group” has been formed under the leadership of former chief whip Mark Harper and former Brexit minister Steve Baker, with 50 Tories included.