The nine UK lockdown rule changes Boris Johnson is likely to make tomorrow

BORIS Johnson will outline new lockdown rules for the UK tomorrow – with nine changes expected to come.

A three-tier traffic light system will be implemented, with different parts of the country categorised as high risk, medium and low.

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The restrictions within those tiers will range from the current coronavirus rules we all must currently follow, to more severe ones – such as no mixing indoors or outdoors.

10million Brits in the North of England face a looming lockdown on Monday, with pubs and restaurants ordered to shut.

Tier 1 will see current social distancing measures, the “rule of six” and a pub curfew of 10pm enforced.

Areas in Tier 2 will have the same restrictions plus a ban on households mixing.

And in Tier 3, people will not be able to mix households, and pubs and bars could be forced to close their doors again – but it has been reported restaurants would remain open until 10pm.

It is thought people in badly affected hotspots could be asked not to leave their local area.

Non-essential businesses might have to close in areas with a high R rate, causing more headaches for struggling businesses.

Sports venues, including swimming pools which reopened less than three months ago, may also be shut down agin.

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And beauty salons, which only recently opened up on July 13, could be closed until infection rates in the area go down, the Telegraph reports.

Local authorities are expected to get more power over Test and Trace set ups, with the autonomy to use their own local knowledge and teams.

The PM is set to confirm Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement that workers in businesses forced to close under the new restrictions will have two-thirds of their wages paid by the Government.

Rishi Sunak said the expansion of the Job Support Scheme would protect jobs and provide "reassurance and a safety net" for people and businesses across the UK in advance of a potentially "difficult winter".

Businesses forced to close their doors will also be able to claim clash grants of £3,000 a month, payable fortnightly, which marks an increase from the previous £1,500 maximum every three weeks.


The British Medical Association published a list of recomendations yesterday, but the PM is not expected to introduce these.

They include only allowing six people from two households to meet, ideally outdoors, the wearing of masks in offices and outdoors where two-metre distancing isn't possible.

The BMA also wants more financial support to businesses to help get them Covid secure, free medical grade masks to the over 60s or vulnerable people.

It comes as other regions of the UK are also seeing a tightening of restrictions following a surge in cases.

Scotland saw all pubs shut at 6pm on Friday as part of new measures introduced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to stop the spread.

Restaurants and bars have also been banned from selling booze as a new curfew kicks – with a 16-day total shutdown in the Central Belt.

And in Wales, the city of Bangor has been hit with a local lockdown after its infection rate reached 400 cases per 100,000 people.



 

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