Today, the Prime Minister will set out our Covid Winter Plan, whereby England will move back into a three-tiered, regional set of restrictions after our national lockdown ends on 2 December.
Everyone’s efforts during the current national restrictions have helped bring the virus back under control, slowed its spread and eased pressures on the NHS. But the virus is still present – and without regional restrictions it could quickly run out of control again.
Later today, Boris Johnson will address Parliament to confirm that we will move to a tiered approach from 2 December. Whilst some local measures will be similar to those in place previously, the tiers will also be strengthened in some areas in order to safeguard the gains made during the period of national restrictions.
On Thursday, we will announce which areas will be placed into which tier. MPs will be able to vote on the tiering system before it comes into force.
- These restrictions will not last any longer than absolutely necessary, will be regularly reviewed and will balance health considerations with livelihoods and the needs of the economy.
- Our Covid Winter Plan will also set out how people will be able to see their loved ones at Christmas, although we have been clear that this will not be a normal festive period.
- We are hopeful that, with the scientific advances that are being made – including in vaccines and mass testing – we can gradually ease restrictions in the run up to Spring. But we cannot slacken our resolve and we must remain vigilant and keep following the rules that we know can keep this virus under control.