Prime Minister will announce Monday that that Christmas as we know it has been canceled, The mirror reports.
Tomorrow (Nov. 23), Boris Johnson will warn in public speech, “” This will not be a normal festive period. ”
It means that while the broad lockdown in England will officially end in December, bars, pubs and shops in Covid’s hotspots will remain closed.
According to The mirror, the prime minister will replace the lockdown in December with a much tougher three-tier system – tougher than the last.
It is not yet known how many people from different households will socialize with each other during Christmas.
But more details will come from Mr Johnson’s statement to Parliament and later in his TV address.
Earlier this week, Dr. Susan Hopkins, a Public Health England director who advised the government’s coronavirus response, said the government may need to think about ‘strengthening’ to get through the winter months.
What are the new restrictions likely to be after locking?
People who live in areas of high infection (the top layer) will still feel like they are living in an enclosed space.
- People probably won’t be able to mix indoors or out, and bars, cafes and restaurants will remain closed.
- There are no trips to hotels and B & Bs, which are only suitable for corporate clients with essential work.
- Schools, food stores, pharmacies and veterinarians will remain open.
- But hairdressers, cinemas and gyms remain closed
For those in Tier 1 – the rule of six limit on the number of people who meet – will be much stricter, as it has done little to spread the virus.
Downing Street said, “The Prime Minister and his scientific advisers are confident that the virus is still present.
“Without regional restrictions, it could quickly get out of hand before vaccines and mass testing have an effect.
“That would jeopardize the progress the country has made and risk yet another unacceptable pressure on the NHS.”
Which area falls into which level will be announced on Thursday (November 26).
Downing Street added, “The plan will also outline how people can see their loved ones at Christmas, even though ministers have made it clear that this will not be a normal festive period.”
Prof. Steve Powis, Medical Director of Public Health England, said, “We will not get back to normal.”
SAGE fellow Prof. John Edmunds added, “We’ll have to moderate Christmas.”
Will Birmingham be on top after the lockdown?
On Saturday (Nov. 21), Covid’s death toll in the UK rose by 391 – with 72 fatalities in Birmingham and the Midlands.
The disease continues to spread in all regions of England except the North West and Yorkshire.
The R rate is currently 1 to 1.1 – meaning that every infected person passes the virus on to at least one other. It must be reduced below 1 to get the deadly bug under control.
The most recent figures to show the number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:
- East of England – 18
- London – 20
- Midlands – 72
- North East and Yorkshire – 84
- Northwest – 75
- Southeast – 18
- Southwest – 29