Published:Thursday, 26 Nov 2020 08:11
Most of England is expected to be placed in the two toughest tiers of coronavirus restrictions when the national lockdown ends next Wednesday.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will set out the plans in the Commons later.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said she understood only a “handful” of areas would have the lowest level of restrictions, tier one.
Most areas, including London, would be in tier two with “significant numbers” in tier three – the highest level.
Differences between the tiers include limits on where households can meet up – for instance, in the new tier one, the rule of six applies indoors and out. In tier two, the rule of six remains outdoors but there is no household mixing indoors.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak told BBC Breakfast the new tiers represent a “tangible change compared to the last four weeks” of lockdown in England.
“There are significant differences to that – more of our life can resume, more of our economic activity can resume,” he said.
The system will be regularly reviewed and an area’s tier level may change before Christmas – the first review is scheduled for 16 December.
Decisions on tiers are based on public health recommendations informed by the following factors: