Health Minister Matt Hancock outlines the new levels of plans in the House of Commons after ministers warned that more areas are likely to be in higher levels compared to the pre-lockdown regime.
The new scheme will apply from December 2 after England’s general lockdown ends and restrictions tightened after government scientific advisers warned that previous measures had not been effective enough.
Only some of the least affected areas are expected to be placed in Tier 1 (where restrictions are limited).
At this level, the rule of six inside and out applies, people are urged to work from home when they can and pubs are limited to table service.
Large parts of the country – including London – are expected to face Tier 2 restrictions with a ban on indoor households and pubs mixing, and restaurants only allowed to sell alcohol with a “substantial meal.”
Manchester, which fought against the Tier 3 measures imposed before the lockdown under metro mayor Andy Burnham, is bracing itself to remain in the highest level of restrictions.
This would prohibit household mixing except in limited circumstances such as parks. Bars and restaurants would be limited to takeout or delivery services and people would be advised not to travel outside of their area.
Levels will be revised on December 16, but experts have warned people should continue to face disabilities pending the easing of measures in the UK over Christmas.
The Ministry of Health said decisions about level levels were based on a number of factors, including the detection rates of cases in all age groups and in particular among the over-60s.
It also takes into account how quickly the number of cases rises or falls and the impact on local NHS services.
Final decisions were made by the Prime Minister of the Covid Operations Committee.
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