Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be addressing the nation this evening. To let us know what the new rules and guidelines will be to help stem the spread of the corona virus.
What to expect from Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement this evening: Different areas of the country will be split up into ‘medium’, ‘high’ and ‘very high’ under the new system. This is expected to be announced today. Yesterday the Prime Minister held a conference with Cabinet colleagues via telephone. To discuss strategies, and talks remain ongoing with leaders in the north of England. Mr Johnson’s diary for today will go something like this:-
- Cobra meeting convened at 8am this morning.
- A public data briefing at 11am with Jonathan Van Tam, deputy chief medical officer. Along with representatives from the NHS.
- A statement to the Commons from the Prime Minister is expected to be at around 3.30pm. Followed by a press conference alongside Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Professor Chris Witty, Chief Medical Officer. To inform the nation in a live broadcast on television at 6pm.
It is expected that Mr Johnson will announce the new “three tier” system. Where the areas in the highest level will be force to undertake the strictest measures.
Tier One is thought to be basic restrictions across the country. Which will include a 10pm curfew on the hospitality sector and most gatherings of no more than 6 people.
Tier Two means no mixing indoors of different households. And two households will be allowed to meet outside in gardens as long as social distancing and the “rule of 6” is adhered to.
Tier Three is the highest level on restrictions. And, although exact details remain unclear until later today, it is expected to mean that pubs, clubs, restaurants, casinos, gyms and betting shops will have to close. Also unnecessary travel will not be permitted.
Six boroughs in the city of Liverpool are said to be the first to go into the Tier Three bracket. And all the places listed above would have to close for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 6 months. Manchester could also go into the same level. However, council leaders there are threatening legal action unless the Government offers them more financial aid to help them out during the pandemic.
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