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These are the new three-tier rules coming into force on December 2 when lockdown ends

The country's second national lockdown will be lifted next week – with a stricter three-tier system of restrictions coming into force.

The Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons today (Monday) that non-essential shops and gyms will be able to reopen and outdoor sports will return from December 2.

Boris Johnson unveiled his Covid Winter Plan, explaining how tougher three-tiered regional measures will be introduced.

Boris Johnson (43107224)
Boris Johnson (43107224)

It is expected more areas across the country will be placed in tiers two and three which will have tighter restrictions to protect any progress made over the last month.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen in tiers one and two – but will be forced to remain as takeaway-only service in tier three.

The 10pm closing time curfew will be extended to 11pm – with last orders being taken at 10pm–- to avoid rushes of crowds going home at the end of the night.

Non-essential shops, hairdressers, personal care services and gyms will be allowed to reopen in all tiers and outdoor sports can resume.

Collective worship and weddings will also be able to continue and will be subject to social distancing.

Spectators will be allowed to attend some sporting events across England.

There will also be a return of the "rule of six", which will mean people will no longer be restricted to meeting one person in an outdoor setting.

The Prime Minister said today that "we know in our hearts by next spring we will succeed" and expressed hopes that the need for further lockdowns will be "redundant".

None have yet been approved, so though the outlook is hopeful with announcements of high effectiveness from Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, it is not clear when roll-out will begin.

It is still unclear in which tier Lincolnshire and Rutland will be placed in when restrictions are lifted on December 2. This is set to be announced on Thursday.

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