What do we know about the planned new Covid tier system for England?

What do we know about the planned new Covid tier system for England?

Boris Johnson is expected to announce proposals on Monday for how the lifting of England’s coronavirus lockdown will work.

What do we know about the plan?

Downing Street has announced that once England comes out of its latest lockdown, the country will enter a three-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions, in an effort to keep infections down.

Will this be the same as the tiered system that was put in place last month?

Yes and no. As before, the tiers will represent different degrees of restrictions, with different parts of England in each tier. But it is expected that some tiers will feature tighter restrictions than before, with more areas in the highest tier. In addition, there will be changes to the 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants to give people more time to finish their drinks.

In many ways, this is not surprising. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has previously said that he expected England to return to a tiered system, while experts have been warning for weeks that the earlier approach had problems. The old tier 1 restrictions – which applied to the majority of England and included working from home where possible, the “rule of six”, and a 10pm curfew on the hospitality sector – had little effect.

Speaking at a Downing Street press briefing on 16 November, Dr Susan Hopkins, an epidemiologist and medical adviser on the Covid-19 response, added that the impact of tier 2 restrictions varied in different places, but that measures under tier 3 and the so-called “tier 3-plus” appeared to be effective at reducing coronavirus cases.…

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