The prime minister has said the new tier system will bring a lot of ‘heartache and frustration’.
In a press conference tonight, he said England will return to a tiered system of local systems under the winter plan.
He said, “Our decisions are based on public health advice according to five indicators.”
He says it includes the percentage of the population that has Covid, the pressure on the NHS and rates in the over-60s.
He added: “I am sorry to confirm from Weds that most of England will be in the top two tiers.
“I know this will bring a lot of heartache and frustration, especially for our hospitality industry.”
He says he really wishes it were different. But if we want to keep schools open, our options are limited.
Mr. Johnson continued to apologize for the restrictions at all levels.
He said, “As things start to improve, the sooner we can push it back, the sooner we can get rid of restrictions.
While the previous levels slowed the spread, they were never enough “to bring the R below 1”.
“Our new approach is designed to lower the R below 1.”
The allocation of tiers is revised every two weeks from December 16.