The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that the national lockdown will not be extended past December 2. However, Mr Johnson did announce that the UK will revert back to the tier-system used prior to the national lockdown.
The Prime Minister said: “The national lockdown will end on December 2 and it will not be renewed.
“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.
“Shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen.
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“But without sensible precautions, we would risk the virus escalating into a winter or new year surge.”
He added: “We are not going to replace national measures with a free for all, we are going to go back instead to a regional tiered approach, applying the toughest measures where Covid is most prevalent.
“While the previous local restrictions do cut the R number, they were not quite enough to reduce it below one.
“So the scientific advice is as we come out our tiers need to be made tougher.”
“We’ll also strengthen the enforcement ability of local authorities, including specially trained officers and new powers to close down premises that pose a risk to public health.”
The Prime Minister also provided an update regarding the UK Government’s plans for the Christmas period.
He told MPs: “This virus is obviously not going to grant a Christmas truce, it doesn’t know it’s Christmas and families will need to make a careful judgement about the risk of visiting elderly relatives.
“We will be publishing guidance for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable on how to manage the risks in each tier as well as over Christmas.”