PM: National lockdown to end next week as tiered regional system returns

BORIS Johnson has confirmed the national lockdown will end on December 2 and will be replaced with the return of a regional tiered system.

And while it’s not yet known which tier the North East will fall into, the Prime Minster has revealed a number of universal restrictions which will change.

Mr Johnson said: “[After December 2] national restrictions will end and will not be renewed.

“From next Wednesday people will be able to leave their homes for any purpose and meet others outdoors subject to the rule of six.

“Shops, personal care, gyms and wider leisure centre can re-open.”

The PM also announced that pub curfews would be changed from a 10pm hard stop to last orders at 10pm and premises clearance by 11pm.

But Mr Johnson’s nationwide relief effort will be replaced by regional tiered restrictions.

“We’re not going to replace national measures with a free for all, the status quo anti-Covid, we’re going to go back instead to a regional tiered approach – applying the toughest measures where Covid is most prevalent.

“And while the previous local tiers did cut the ‘R’ number, they were not quite enough to reduce it below one.

“So the scientific advice, I’m afraid, is that as we come out our tiers need to be made tougher.

“Tier 1, people should work from home where possible.

“In Tier 2, alcohol may only be sold in hospitality settings as part of a substantial meal.

“In Tier 3, indoor entertainment, hotels and other accommodation will have to close including all forms of hospitality except for deliveries and takeaways.”

Spectator sports and business events will be free to resume with limited numbers in tiers 1 and 2 will also be allowed to return with ‘capacity limits and social distancing’. In addition, all non-essential shops across England will be permitted to reopen.

The tiered systems will not be negotiated regionally, and will now be a uniform set of rules without wiggle room for additional measures.

Enforcement powers within local authorities are also set to increase, which will include the deployment of ‘specially trained officers and new powers to close down premises that pose a risk to public health.’

It was also confirmed today that multiple households could be allowed to create a social bubble temporarily between 24 and 28 December.

The PM noted that an announcement on which tiers will be allocated to which regions is set to be released on Thursday, November 26.