Christmas shopping bonus as 'all shops to reopen' in new Covid rules

All stores – even in the hardest new levels – are allowed to reopen after the lock ends on December 2, The Mail on Sundays reports.

The Prime Minister will address the nation tomorrow (Nov. 23) with the details of his new ‘Covid Winter Plan’.

The prime minister will replace the lockdown in December with a much tougher three-tier system – tougher than the last.

However, it will be good news for retailers – keeping all stores open.

The Mail on Sundays reports that all stores are allowed to reopen – and remain open for a busy festive shopping period.

Hairdressers, beauty salons and gyms will also reopen on December 2.

The hospitality industry can struggle in December – unless they serve food.

And even when they serve food, pubs and eateries can face tighter controls on households mixing indoors.

The plan for the tough new level system has been described by one source as “levels on steroids”.

Last week, Dr. Susan Hopkins, a Public Health England director who advised the government’s coronavirus response, said Johnson should think about ‘reinforcement’ to get through the winter months.

This advice is said to have resulted in the new proposals being presented to the House of Representatives on Monday (23 November).

Which area falls into which level will be announced on Thursday (November 26). It is expected that more areas will be able to transition to the strictest Tier 3 rules.

During Monday’s speech, Mr. Johnson will also provide more information on what kind of Christmas Day we can expect with our families.