Later today Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to set out the details of how England will exit national lockdown and return to a three tier system on 3 December.
After much speculation over the weekend, it is widely expected that some parts of what was Tier 3 pre lockdown 2 will be relaxed and others strengthened.
It looks as if restaurants, pubs and other hospitality providers are set to once again pay the price of tougher tier restrictions.
The new Tier 2 is tipped to be more in line with previous Tier 3 enabling hospitality providers to only serve alcohol alongside a ‘substantial meal’ and customers limited to dining only alongside people they live with.
Part of the measures to be relaxed will however see the 10pm curfew on restaurants and pubs extended by one ‘drinking up’ hour, which will allow patrons to disperse more evenly.
Tier 3 will also see increased testing with support from military services, similar to what was pioneered in Liverpool recently.
Outdoor sport is expected to be resumed and the previous inclusion within Tier 3 restrictions lifted.
More parts of the country will be placed in the higher tiers, but no details have been forthcoming from Downing Street prior to the PM’s address to the nation.
The much anticipated and widely speculated upon relaxing of restrictions for Christmas will not be part of today’s announcement as final details have not yet been agreed with the devolved nations.
What new support, if any, from the government will be announced for businesses impacted from the new tier system will need to also be detailed, as all too many will be relying on it.
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