What the government’s new coronavirus three-tier system could like like

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new three-tier system of restrictions tomorrow in preparation for when England comes out of national lockdown on December 2.

Prior to the current lockdown introduced on November 5, the nation also followed a three-tier structure, but the new set of rules are expected to be a lot stricter this time around.

On Monday November 23, Boris Johnson is expected to reveal his exact plan for controlling the further spread of coronavirus this winter to MPs, as well as mapping out exactly how he will make Christmas possible for millions of frustrated Brits.

Today, Downing Street are said to be discussing and signing off on plans which are being put in place to safeguard any gains made during this national lockdown.

The Prime Minister announced the original three-tier strategy in October, which saw different parts of England being split into medium, high and very high alert levels.

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.

Tier three – very high alert – banned social mixing both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars were told to close unless they could operate as a restaurant.

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The Covid-19 winter plan is expected to place more areas into the higher tiers to keep the virus under control.

While some local measures will be the same as those in the previous system, some tiers will be strengthened.

The Prime Minister is expected to say that the 10pm pubs and restaurants curfew is being scrapped. Last orders will still be at 10pm but people will get an extra hour to finish their food and drinks.

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The Telegraph reports that we could see the introduction of "freedom passes" which could allow movement around the country if those given are willing to test themselves for coronavirus as often as two times a week.

This would make it possible for those who posses one to move around the country, in a plan to get the UK back to normal.

However, in order to get your hands on one of the passes, twice-weekly testing will be required.

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A source said: "They will allow someone to wander down the streets, and if someone else asks why they are not wearing a mask, they can show the card, letter or an app."

They added that the passes would allow people "to see their family, and normal social distancing rules will not apply".

It comes after reports saying that families could be allowed to meet for a few days over Christmas.

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, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Restrictions on church services are also due to be lifted allowing Christmas Day services to be held, the paper said.

But while plans have not yet been set out, ministers have made clear that the festive season will be different to normal.

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