Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today outlined his Winter Covid Plan which included details of a revised tier system.
Before lockdown, Gedling borough was placed in tier three along with the rest of Nottinghamshire.
Although tiers will remain when lockdown ends next Wednesday (December 2), the tier rules have now been strengthened to prevent the virus returning and also the need for further national lockdowns.
The lifting of the national lockdown from December 2, will see:
- Non-essential shops, hairdressers, gyms and leisure facilities reopen across the whole of England
- Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports resuming, subject to social distancing, across the whole of England
- The “rule of six” will return – meaning people will no longer be limited to seeing only one other person in outdoor public – across the whole of England
- The previous 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants will be extended to 11pm, with last orders at 10pm.
In Tier 1 areas, people will be urged to work from home wherever possible.
In Tier 2 areas, pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals along with alcoholic drinks, which was previously a tier three restriction.
In Tier 3 areas all pubs, bars and restaurants must close except for delivery, takeaway and drive-through. Hotels and indoor entertainment venues must also close in these areas.
It is not known which tier Gedling borough will resume under but Mr Johnson this will be announced later this week and ‘probably on Thursday’.
He told MPs this afternoon that his plan “is designed to carry us safely to spring”, when it is hoped vaccines will be in place to help stop the spread of the virus.
Mr Johnson said: “By the spring these advances should reduce the need for the restrictions we have endured in 2020 and make the whole concept of a Covid lockdown redundant.”
The PM told MPs he was “sorry to say” more areas will fall into higher levels of restrictions than they were in previously, at least temporarily.
But, by abiding to the tougher tier restrictions and the use of rapid turnaround tests, areas should also be able to move down the scale more quickly’.
Mr Johnson said that by maintaining pressure on the virus using tougher restrictions will enable people to see more of their friends and family over Christmas.
You can find the full plan here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan