Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has confirmed the national lockdown will end on December 2nd.
Speaking virtually to the House of Commons the PM said: “For the first time since this retched virus took hold, we can see a way out.”
He says the “scientific cavalry” is on it’s way.
When the lockdown ends, non-essential shops, gyms, leisure facilities and hairdressers will be able to reopen – weddings will also be allowed
Outdoor sports can resume with limited crowds allowed at elite level in Tiers 1 & 2
Collective worship will also be allowed.
Mr Johnson also confirmed that the tiered system will return following the national lockdown, but says the tiers will be “toughened”
- Tier one will now mean that people should continue to work from home where possible
- Tier two will now mean only pubs serving meals can open
- Tier three will now mean hospitality will close except for delivery and takeaway and indoor entertainment venues must also close
The PM also added, there will be a ‘six-week surge of testing’ in Tier 3 areas
Leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer said returning to a tiered system is “risky” saying the previous tiered system “didn’t work” and resulted in the current national lockdown.
More to follow…