Boris Johnson is anticipated to announce a brand new tier system of coronavirus restrictions when the lockdown in England ends on December 2.
The measures can be just like those in place earlier than a second lockdown was launched on November 5, nevertheless it believed they might be stricter.
The Prime Minister introduced the unique three-tier technique in October, which noticed totally different areas of England being break up into medium, excessive and really excessive alert ranges.
Areas within the first tier – medium alert – had been topic to the identical nationwide measures which had been in drive on the time throughout the nation together with a 10pm curfew for pubs and eating places and a ban on most gatherings of greater than six individuals.
Underneath the second tier – excessive alert – family mixing was banned indoors whereas the rule of six continued to use outside.
Tier 3 – very excessive alert – banned social mixing each indoors and in personal gardens, whereas pubs and bars had been instructed to shut until they might function as a restaurant.
Native leaders had been to assist decide whether or not different venues ought to be closed, similar to gyms or casinos, in very excessive alert degree areas.
However the system confronted criticism for not being robust sufficient to cut back the unfold of the virus.
Native leaders additionally complained that after an space was positioned in Tier Three it was not clear what it needed to do to get out of it.
The British Medical Affiliation mentioned that the earlier system was “insufficient” and didn’t comprise the unfold of the virus.
The Authorities has repeatedly mentioned it needs to see England exit its four-week lockdown on December 2.
That is its authorized endpoint, which means that any extension would require a vote in Parliament.
However what comes subsequent will rely upon a evaluate of Covid-19 case knowledge to evaluate if the lockdown has had an impact.
There was some indication that the system helped in components of the nation.
Dr Susan Hopkins, a Public Well being England director advising the federal government’s coronavirus response, mentioned not too long ago that Tier 1 restrictions had “little or no impact”, Tier 2 diverse throughout areas and Tier 3, particularly “Tier Three plus”, had decreased case numbers within the North west.
She mentioned the Authorities could have to consider “strengthening” tiers “to be able to get us by way of the winter months”.
Specialists on the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modeling (SPI-M), which advises the federal government, believes infections will rise on the identical charge as earlier than if the identical three-tier system is introduced again in December.
The “Covid winter plan” is anticipated to position extra areas into the upper tiers to maintain the virus below management to make sure additional restrictions will not be wanted, No 10 mentioned.
And whereas some native measures would be the identical as these within the earlier system, some tiers can be strengthened to safeguard the features made throughout the nationwide lockdown.
The plan may also define how individuals will be capable of spend their Christmas, however ministers careworn some restrictions are anticipated to stay in place.
The cupboard is anticipated to debate and log off the brand new plan on Sunday earlier than Mr Johnson broadcasts it to Parliament the next day.
Ministers will then set out what tier every space can be positioned into on Thursday and MPs are anticipated to be given the vote to approve the brand new system within the days earlier than it comes into drive.
The Authorities is optimistic that restrictions might be decreased within the run-up to spring, offering vaccines are accepted by regulators, permitting a plan for the rollout to start subsequent month earlier than a broader program within the new yr.
It comes after studies saying that households might be allowed to fulfill for a number of days over Christmas.
A number of homes – doubtlessly three – might be allowed to create a bubble quickly between December 22 and 28, with the plans protecting all 4 nations of the UK, based on the Day by day Telegraph.
Restrictions on church companies are additionally as a result of be lifted permitting Christmas Day companies to be held, the paper mentioned.
However whereas plans haven’t but been set out, ministers have made clear that the festive season can be totally different to regular.