UK to move back into the three-tiered regional system for the winter season
Posted on 24/11/2020

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On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the new measures that will be enforced during the winter season. This highly awaited announcement has proved as a relief for many, but there will still be some tight regulations in place as the virus continues to wreak havoc on the society and especially the NHS.

Winter regulations

Winter regulations
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The PM confirmed that the national lockdown will come to an end on December 2, as planned and the country will move back into the three-tiered regional system. This time around, the three-tiered system will be stricter in order to maintain all the progress that was made during the November lockdown. The tiers of each area will be declared on Thursday, however the government may be allocating higher tiers to more areas in order to have close control of the situation.

Restaurants, pubs and bars will be allowed to reopen, but the restrictions depend on which tier their city is in. Those in tiers one and two will be able to take in customers as long as they follow the normal Covid-19 safety precautions and they have been ordered to close down by 11pm. The restaurants and pubs in third tier regions will continue to be closed and are only permitted to do takeaways and home deliveries.

The rule of six will make a comeback, restricting all gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, to six people. Outdoor sports, weddings and other leisure activities have also been given the green light. Christmas is just around the corner so these relaxed regulations have come as a relief to those who do not want to spend the festive season in complete isolation. However, the Prime Minister has warned that everyone must exercise extreme caution. "This is not the moment to let the virus rip for the sake of Christmas parties. It is the season to be jolly but it's also the season to be jolly careful, especially with elderly relatives," he said.

The Prime Minister had some good news to offer regarding the advancements of the vaccines, but he mentioned that it will take months before everyone has access to it and it's a huge logistical challenge to overcome. "A large number of partners will be coming together to deliver [the vaccine] - the NHS, local authorities, the armed services, Public Health England, we will all be working together, there's a huge, huge effort to go and that's why it's such a big logistical challenge. It will take a long time before we can get the shots in the arms where they're needed," explain Johnson. On the bright side, he optimistically stated that there is a good chance of getting the most vulnerable vaccinated by Easter, next year.