When is Boris Johnson's next lockdown announcement?


When is Boris Johnson’s next lockdown announcement?

When is the current lockdown due to end?

The second lockdown will end on Dec 2, replaced with a three-tier system similar to the one in place before the second wave.

When will Boris Johnson announce what happens after lockdown?  

Monday, November 23. The time is to be confirmed, but the Prime Minister and other government ministers have made announcements around 11am in the House of Commons in recent months, followed by a press briefing at 5pm from Downing Street.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce which areas will fall under which tiers on Thursday, November 26.

What is he expected to say?

The Prime Minister is expected to address five topics.

1. Lockdown

​He will likely confirm lockdown is ending on Dec 2.

2. Tiers

On Dec 3, a tougher three-tier system of local restrictions will be introduced, though the controversial 10pm pub curfew is expected to be extended by an hour.

Gyms and leisure centres will be allowed to open, and Mr Johnson faces pressure in the Commons to permit golf and children’s sports.

He will not announce which areas are in which tiers until Thursday, when the Government has access to the latest information on the virus’s reproductive rate, its prevalence and incidence in the population, and whether infections are increasing or declining.

His proposals are already under threat from 70 Conservative MPs who have threatened to veto tougher restrictions in Parliament.

Read more: the three tier system

3. Christmas

Boris Johnson is expected to announce that regardless of the more restrictive tier system, rules will be relaxed from Dec 22 to 28, allowing several families to join one ‘bubble’ for Christmas.

Read more: one in four will break rules at Christmas

4. Testing 

On Saturday, the Telegraph revealed that everywhere from factories and offices to towns and cities will be blitzed with mass testing if cases start to rise, something the Prime Minister is expected to address.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the mass testing pilot scheme used in Liverpool will be extended to 67 more towns and cities.

Tests will cover 10 per cent of each local authority’s population on a weekly basis.

Areas which will receive the new tests include Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and the West Midlands, other parts of the North West and the whole of the North East.

“Freedom passes” may also be addressed by the Prime Minister. These are passes expected to be given to people next year that allow them to forgo certain restrictions provided they have two negative coronavirus tests a week.

5. Vaccines

No 10 said on Saturday that provided vaccines were approved by regulators, the first injections can be made next month before being rolled out more widely in the new year.

NHS draft plans suggest every adult in England could be vaccinated by April, starting with NHS workers and the elderly before Christmas.

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