Reports say all of England could be placed in level two or level three on Thursday – meaning that families meeting or pubs selling alcohol without food will be banned.
Two sources have said it The mirror that it is possible that nowhere in England will be put in level one when restrictions are announced tomorrow.
Before the lockdown, half of the country was ringside: had to abide by the rule of six and take social distance.
Now everyone may be in one of two levels – where gatherings are prohibited and alcohol can only be sold with meals – or level three – where pubs, restaurants, and other businesses have to close.
The move would allow strict measures to be taken to try to lower the contamination rate across the country before Christmas – when the rules are relaxed for five days.
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps warned that “no one will be happy” when the government releases its list.
Government scientific advisers have warned ministers that level one was not effective in getting the virus under control.
A member of the SAGE advisory group told the Mirror, “The old level didn’t do much to slow down the transmission.”
The government’s own Winter Covid plan suggests that the emphasis will be on moving regions downward, indicating that they may be in higher levels initially.
“These levels are designed to keep and keep R below 1, allowing areas to go down, unlike the previous levels that usually slowed the increase, resulting in an epidemic that kept growing,” he says.
Levels for individual areas will be revised at least every two weeks, but Boris Johnson has already warned that more areas than before will fall into levels two and three.
Level two rules prohibit people from socializing with anyone indoors unless they come from the same household or supportive bubble.
This applies at home or in a public setting, such as a pub. Rule of six limits applies outdoors, including in gardens or beer gardens in pubs.
The three rules prohibit people from meeting someone socially almost anywhere, unless from the same household or supportive bubble.
This is true in all indoor and outdoor settings such as private gardens, restaurant terraces and pub beer gardens.
The only place where different households can meet within the rule of six is a public outdoor space, such as a park or forest.