It has been confirmed that the lockdown will end on the 2nd of December but afterwards, new, harsher tier system will be taking over that leaves most residents under tiers two and three.
From Wednesday the 2nd of December, England will no longer be under lockdown. However, residents won’t be greeted on the other side with newfound freedom as a harsher tier system will be taking over.
The government has confirmed that 99% of residents will soon be living under tier two and three restrictions instead, meaning that they will not be able to engage in any indoor household mixing.
Yesterday’s announcement confirmed that a whole 23,347,218 people will be placed under tier three while 32,226,170 people (57.3% of the population) will be moving into tier two.
Just 1.3% of the population will be tucked away in tier one being those in the Isle of Wright, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Restrictions for the new tiers have also been tightened after government scientific advisors gave insight that the previous system was not rigorous enough to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancockalso noted that these tier placements would be reviewed in a fortnight and regularly afterwards. He spoke to the Commons stating:
The majority of England will be in Tier 2 but a significant number of areas, I’m afraid, need to be in Tier 3 to bring case rates done. Now I know how tough this is both for areas that have been in restrictions for a long time like Leicester and Greater Manchester and also for areas where cases have risen sharply recently like Bristol, the West Midlands and Kent.
The full allocations have been published this morning and laid as a written ministerial statement just before this statement began. I understand the impact that these measures will have but they are necessary given the scale of the threat that we face. We’ll review the measures in a fortnight and keep them regularly under review after that.
Those restricted to tier three will no longer be allowed to participate in indoor household mixing and bars and restaurants will be limited to takeaway only. However, retail and self-care facilities will be allowed to open.
Those in tier two will still not be allowed to participate in indoor household mixing but this time with the exception of support bubbles who will also be permitted to stay overnight. Hospitality businesses that can function as a restaurant will be allowed to open but must cease taking orders at 10 pm.
Gyms will also be opening once again from the 2nd of December and outdoor events and spectator sports will be open with some restrictions for those tiers one and two.
Boris Johnson has recently announced that those who tested negative for the virus under tier three may be released from some restrictions. The Prime Minister stated:
Testing on this scale is untried, but in due course, if it works, where people test negative it may also be possible for families and communities to be released from certain restrictions, even if their home area stays in Tier 3.
Johnson was joined by Chris Witty and Sir Patrick Vallance who emphasised the success of the system’s trial in Liverpool. Johnson added:
The truth is that at least one in three people with Covid have no symptoms at all and may be spreading the disease without even knowing that they've got it. The only way to identify them and protect everyone is through mass testing. Liverpool shows what can be achieved.
In Liverpool, in the space of two and a half weeks, over 240,000 tests have been conducted and together with the effect of national restrictions, this has helped to reduce the number of cases in Liverpool City Region by more than two thirds. So having previously been in Tier 3, Liverpool City Region and Warrington will now be in Tier 2.
Full list of tiers by area
The government determined where each area would fall according to five criteria: an analysis of cases across all age groups; an analysis of cases for those over 60 years old; the changing of R rates in each area; the percentage of people in each area who have tested positive (cases per 100,000) and finally, the current and future projected pressures on the NHS.
Tier 1: Medium Alert
- Isle of Wight
- Isles of Scilly
Tier 2: High Alert
- Liverpool City Region
- Warrington and Cheshire
- North Yorkshire
- Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
East of England
- Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
- Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
- Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
- All 32 Boroughs and the City of London
- East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove
- Bracknell Forest
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- West Berkshire
- Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
- South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Wiltshire and Swindon
Tier 3: Very High Alert
- Tees Valley Combined Authority:
- Redcar and Cleveland
- North East Combined Authority:
- South Tyneside
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Tyneside
- County Durham
- Greater Manchester
- Blackburn with Darwen
Yorkshire and The Humber
- The Humber
- West Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- Birmingham and Black Country
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
- Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
- Derby and Derbyshire
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
- Leicester and Leicestershire
- Kent and Medway
- South Gloucestershire
- North Somerset