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MetiNews.Com - The Prime Minister is expected to unveil his new covid winter plan to MPs on Monday
Breaking News ! Coronavirus restrictions are set to tighten before Christmas as England enters a strengthened three-tiered system when lockdown ends on December 2. Boris Johnson hosted a meeting with his top team today, aimed at rubber-stamping his 'new winter Covid plan', which will include details on how families can spend time together this Christmas. The Prime Minister is expected to unveil details of the plan to MPs on Monday, which is expected to place more areas into the higher tiers to keep the virus under control. The current 10pm curfew for pubs, restaurants and bars could be scrapped under the new rules, to allow people an extra hour to finish their food and drinks. Most of the country is expected to be banned from mixing indoors with other households until March when ministers hope a vaccination programme will be nearing completion. But the Government is desperate for relatives to be able to see each other for between three and five days over Christmas. Here is what we are expecting to learn tomorrow, according to Mirror Online. What could happen over Christmas A photo of a family having Christmas dinner. Ministers are going out of there way to say that it won't be a normal Christmas - but measures are being put in place so people can see family. According to the Daily Telegraph, several households - potentially three - could be allowed to create a bubble temporarily between December 22 and 28, with the plans covering all four nations of the UK. The plans are being approved by the Cabinet and devolved assemblies on Sunday. Restrictions on church services are also due to be lifted allowing Christmas Day services to be held, the paper said. What will happen on December 2 Boris Johnson is set to declare that the second national lockdown has been successful enough that it can end on December 2nd. This is partly because of improving statistics and partly because backbench Tory MPs will put the PM on their naughty list if he tries to extend the national lockdown any further. The Government has emphasised that it wants to see England exit its four-week lockdown on December 2. This is its legal endpoint, with any extension requiring a vote in Parliament. Will we go back into tiers and how will they be changed Mr Johnson announced the original three-tier strategy in October, which splits different areas of England into medium, high and very high alert levels A spokesperson for Number 10 said the "Covid winter plan" is expected to place more areas into the higher tiers to keep the virus under control and to ensure further restrictions are not needed. And while some local measures will be the same as those in the previous system, some tiers will be strengthened to safeguard the gains made during the national lockdown. When the new system will be introduced The national lockdown in England is due to end on December 2 so either it will need to be extended or a new system put in place to replace it. Ministers will then set out what tier each area will be placed into on Thursday and MPs are expected to be given the vote to approve the new system in the days before it comes into force. Sign up for a new-look Echo newsletter It's never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the Liverpool Echo newsletter. Twice a day, seven days a week, we'll deliver the biggest stories straight to your inbox. We'll also send special breaking news emails too for the latest stories that matter. You won't miss a thing. How do I sign up? It's free, easy and takes no time at all. First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then click on the Echo Daily News button. There are other newsletters available too if you want them as well.
How long will the new system last for The Government is optimistic that restrictions can be gradually reduced in the run-up to spring, providing vaccines are approved by regulators, allowing a plan for the rollout to begin next month before a wider programme in the new year. But with no vaccines having been approved it is still not clear exactly when the rollout will be able to begin. So we probably won't get a firm answer on exactly how long these restrictions will last. Under the restrictions expected to be announced on Monday non-essential shops will be permitted to reopen in most circumstances when lockdown ends on December 2. The end of the pub and restaurant curfew Rishi Sunak has given the strongest suggestion yet that it is last orders for the 10pm pub curfew when Boris Johnson unveils the next stage of lockdown. The Chancellor said that the Government will review the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants – which was in place before national restrictions were reintroduced. He told the BBC’S Andrew Marr: “It’s definitely something that we’re looking at and I think, as I said, one of the things that we’ve been able to do as we’ve learned is get data, see what works and see where we can improve things. “I think it’s probably fair to say when we introduced the curfew, that was something that was in common with many other countries and cities around the world. “As we’ve learnt more, there’s opportunities for us to look and refine things, and that is one of the things on our list.” The Prime Minister is expected to say that, while last orders must be called at 10pm, people will get an extra hour to finish their food and drinks with opening hours to be extended until 11pm. What isn't known is if it will end universally in all tiers or if the toughened tier system may see areas with the most infections forced to keep pubs and restaurants closed. Enter your postcode for the latest news where you live
There could be so-called 'Freedom Passes' Brits who have two negative coronavirus tests a week could be given a 'freedom pass' which allows them to live as normal life as possible, according to reports. Whitehall officials are said to be developing the scheme to try and get the country back to normal next year. People found to be Covid-free would be given a document accessed on their phone which allows them to move around freely, under the proposed plan which has not yet been given the green light. Regular tests would be needed to qualify for the 'certificates' which could see those with freedom passes no longer need to wear face coverings in public spaces. But for the scheme to work, the Government would need to be able to carry out millions of tests a day. What were the restrictions in the tiers before? The Liverpool City Region was the first to face the strictest measures under Tier 3, before the national lockdown came into force. The Tier 3 restrictions saw pubs, bars, betting shops and casinos close, while mixing indoors with other households and in private gardens was banned. Meanwhile, areas in the first tier – medium alert – were subject to the same national measures which were in force at the time across the country including a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants and a ban on most gatherings of more than six people. Under the second tier – high alert – household mixing was banned indoors while the rule of six continued to apply outdoors. Did the tier system work? There has been some indication that the system helped in parts of the country. In a press conference updating the nation on the Government's fight against coronavirus in November, Professor Stephen Powis and Business Secretary Alok Sharma faced questions about the effectiveness of the different tier restrictions. The pair were probed, particularly, about if the tier systems were enough to have had an impact in Merseyside. Prof Powis, the national medical director of NHS England, said he was "confident" the tiered system did have an effect on the transmission of the virus. Dr Susan Hopkins, a Public Health England director advising the Government’s coronavirus response, said recently that Tier 1 restrictions had “very little effect”, Tier 2 varied across areas and Tier 3, especially “Tier 3 plus”, had reduced case numbers in the North West. She said the Government may have to think about “strengthening” tiers “in order to get us through the winter months”. Experts on the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), which advises the Government, believe infections will rise at the same rate as before if the same three-tier system is brought back in December.
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