23 November 2020 18:32
Boris Johnson will announce his Covid Winter Plan later this afternoon. The plan will hold crucial details on exactly what we can do this Christmas and the new rules that will be in place after lockdown ends. Over the next few months, it has been confirmed that the PM is to introduce a new strengthened three-Tier system which will see every area in the country assessed and placed into a Tier by the end of this week. The new system is expected to see tougher and tighter restrictions brought in for every Tier which will aim to have a bigger impact on the Covid pandemic than the system did last month. England has been under a nationwide lockdown since November 5 which will officially end on December 2 and make way for new restrictions.
It has been confirmed by No 10 that today (Monday, November 23) the PM will speak in the House of Commons and will hold a press briefing shortly after. We now know that Boris Johnson will be speaking in the Commons at 3.30pm and he will hold a press briefing at Downing Street at around 7pm, according to reports. Areas in the first tier – medium alert – saw very little change as they had to follow the same national measures which were in force at the time. Under the second tier – high alert – indoor household mixing was not allowed and you could only meet someone you didn't live with outdoors and socially distancing. Tier 3 – very high alert – saw a total ban on social mixing both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars were told to close unless they could operate as a restaurant.
With a stronger tier system set to be announced by the Prime Minister later today, all eyes will be on the numbers that will determine which areas face which restrictions. Boris Johnson is set to update MPs this afternoon on the Covid-19 rules that will apply in each of the risk zones when the current national lockdown ends on Wednesday, December 2. It is understood that gyms, non-essential shops and hairdressers will be allowed to re-open across all tiers, while restrictions will remain in some hospitality settings in higher risk areas. Leicester and Leicestershire will find out on Thursday what rules will apply when tiers are announced. The next set of restrictions is expected to be in place until the days leading up to Christmas, when it is anticipated there will be some sort of relaxation of the rules.
Boris Johnson will address the nation today. Boris Johnson's next announcement will happen today where the Prime Minister will be confirming COVID rules for Christmas. Boris Johnson will address the nation today in a highly anticipated speech regarding the end of lockdown, Christmas restrictions and the tier system. The Prime Minister is believed to be announcing a relaxation of COVID restrictions over five days of Christmas in order to allow families to spend the festive season together. However, England is said to be returning to a tier system when lockdown ends on December 2. What time is Boris Johnson speaking today? Boris Johnson is expected to address the House of Commons today at 3:30PM. The Prime Minister is expected to announce five days of relaxed rules for the Christmas period. While we will be getting most of the information regarding the lead up to Christmas and beyond today, we will have to wait a few days longer to find out which tiers we are all in. The tiers of each area will be announced on Thursday, December 26. READ NOW: Boris Johnson set to announce families can meet this Christmas in 'festive bubbles' Boris Johnson is today set to announce plans for a new strengthened three-tier system when lockdown ends on December 2. The Prime Minister will set out his "Covid-19 winter plan" to the House of Commons at 3.30pm this afternoon, which will include details on how families can spend time together this Christmas. The Prime Minister, who is still self isolating, will then address the nation remotely in a press conference at around 7pm this evening. The new rules will see a tougher three-tiered system of local restrictions come into force in England to keep the virus under control. Non-essential shops and gyms are expected to be allowed to reopen when current restrictions end on December 2. But reports suggest pubs and restaurants in the new Tier 3 may only be allowed to offer takeaways. On Sunday, ministers from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland agreed to allow "some limited additional household bubbling for a small number of days" over Christmas. BORIS Johnson announced new changes to England's three-tier covid system, which is set to come into place on December 3. The Prime Minister outlined his new "Covid Winter Plan" to MPs in parliament this afternoon, November 23, and will address the nation to explain the changes tonight. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6 Boris Johnson is set to announce new coronavirus restrictions today Credit: Crown Copyright What time is the coronavirus announcement today? Boris Johnson will address the nation at 7pm tonight, November 23. The Prime Minister addressed the House of Commons at 3:30pm today to announce that the national lockdown will end on December 2 and to explain the new three-tier regional system. The Prime Minister will announce which tiers will be in place across different parts of the UK on Thursday, November 26. What did Boris Johnson announce in the House of Commons? The Prime Minister appeared via video link in the House of Commons to announce the end of the national lockdown on December 2. He said: "No other peace-time Prime Minister has asked so much of his people and I am deeply grateful. "I can therefore confirm national restrictions in England will end on the 2nd of December and they will not be renewed." 6 National lockdown will end on December 2 Credit: AFP The Prime Minister confirmed that people will be able to meet in outdoor public spaces subject to rule of six and that worship, weddings, and outdoor sports can resume. Tier two will also allow spectator sports to resume - but there will be tougher restrictions on pubs, bars and restaurants. Boris Johnson offered families a ray of light by confirming the government was working on plans with Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland to allow families to come together for Christmas. Mr Johnson said: "I can't say that Christmas will be normal this year. The Prime Minister promised increased testing would be rolled out alongside the latest restrictions to help the country navigate the winter period. Mr Johnson hoped increased testing in care homes would allow residents to have two visitors twice a week by the end of the year. 6 Mr Johnson said the new tier restrictions will have to be tougher Credit: GETTY Boris Johnson also announced ambitious plans to end automatic isolation for Covid contacts by enabling contacts to be tested every day for a week. 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