LOCKDOWN measures will be lifted on December 2, the Prime Minister has announced today.
Boris Johnson said that the national lockdown measures will expire and will not be renewed after December 2.
He said that from Wednesday, people will be able to leave their home for any purpose including meeting others outside of their home, and the wider leisure sector would be able to reopen.
But he warned that without “sensible precautions” the country could risk the virus “escalating”.
He added that the 10pm closing time will be changed so that last orders can be taken at 10pm with closing at 11pm.
Mr Johnson told MPs: “From next Wednesday people will be able to leave their home for any purpose and meet others in outdoor public spaces, subject to the rule of six, collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, and shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen.
“But without sensible precautions, we would risk the virus escalating into a winter or New Year surge.”
“The incidents of the disease is, alas, still widespread in many areas.”
He added: “Unlike the previous arrangements, tiers will now be a uniform set of rules… We won’t have negotiations on additional measures with each region, it’s a uniform set of rules. We’ve learnt from experience that there are some things we can do differently.”
“So from the 10pm closing time… we’re going to change so that it is last orders at 10 with closing at 11.”
Boris Johnson also outlined the tiers. He said:
- Tier 1 – people should work from home wherever possible
- Tier 2 – alcohol may only be served in hospitality settings as part of a substantial meal
- Tier 3 – indoor entertainment, hotels and other accommodation will have to close, along with all forms of hospitality except for delivery and takeaways