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Coronavirus Update – Prime Minister statement on end of lockdown

In a statement to Parliament the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the Lockdown will end on December 2.

He also announced a number of changes to the Tier system of local restrictions which will return after lockdown is lifted. Despite the announcement of the very hopeful news of the Oxford University /AstraZeneca vaccine the Prime Minister said the country still has a long way to go but now the “escape route is in sight”.

What this means for Wirral

An announcement on which Tiers areas will be placed into after Lockdown is lifted next week is expected to be made on Thursday (November 26).

All non-essential shops have been closed in England since November 5, but can now reopen in all areas/Tiers from December 3. Gyms can also re-open in all areas from this date if they can show they are Coivid-19 safe, as well as hairdressers. Weddings and funerals can also take place, under local restrictions and places of worship can open but restrictions also apply depending on the Tier an area is in.

The stay at home requirement will end, with travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each Tier.

People will no longer be limited to seeing only one other person in outdoor public spaces -  the rule of 6 will now apply outdoors as it did in the previous set of tiers.

In Tier 1 people should continue to work from home if possible.

For Tier 2 pubs can only re-open if they are serving “substantial meals”.

And in Tier 3 all hospitality must remain closed except to provide for delivery and takeaway only, plus all indoor entertainment venues must close. For those areas in Tier 3 the government will offer Local Authorities the opportunity to work together on whole community testing and more targeted testing to high risk settings. This is in addition to scaling up the core testing regime.

A full summary of the changes are on the Government’s website here.

The Prime Minister said they are working on a common approach with the Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales for a time-limited change to social restrictions over the Christmas period so that families can be reunited across the UK, and details of this will be announced in due course.