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COVID-19: UK to end lockdown, replaces with tougher regional rules

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Boris Johnson has announced that the national lockdown will end next week while replaced with tougher regional restrictions which is designed to last until spring next year to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Prime Minister disclosed this on Monday, while drawing up plans to allow rules to be relaxed across the U.K. in time for Christmas, Johnson said if all goes well with the roll-out of vaccines majority of people who need a shot will get one on or before April.

According to him, “The tier system in place before lockdown did not have a big enough impact on the transmission rate of the disease. So the scientific advice, I am afraid, is that as we come out our tiers need to be made tougher.

“This will still be a hard winter. But we have turned a corner and the escape route is in sight. We must hold out against the virus until testing and vaccines come to our rescue and reduce the need for restrictions”, he said.

The new regional COVID-19 rules for United Kingdom goes are, under all tiers, everyone should work from home where they can.Education and childcare open. Gyms and swimming pools open. Shops and hairdressers open.Exceptions to household mixing rules for people in support bubbles.

Tier One, maximum of six people can meet indoors or outdoors. Bars, pubs and restaurants table service only; last orders 10 p.m., close 11 p.m. Entertainment venues open. Accommodation open. Overnight stays allowed for up to six people.

Exercise classes and sport outdoors, but with maximum of six people indoors. Travel advice: Walk, cycle. Large events, sports and performances allowed but limited to 50% capacity, or maximum 4,000 people outdoors/1,000 indoors (whichever is lower).

Tier two, no household mixing indoors. Maximum of six people outdoors. Pubs, bars closed unless operating as restaurants. Alcohol only served with “substantial meals.” Last orders 10 p.m., close 11 p.m. Entertainment open. Accommodation open.

Exercise classes and sport allowed outdoors, but indoors only if there’s no interaction between households. Travel advice: Reduce journeys. Large events, sports and performances allowed but limited to 50% capacity, or maximum 2,000 people outdoors/1,000 indoors (whichever is lower).

Tier three, no mixing households indoors, or in most outdoor space. Maximum of six in parks and sports courts. Bars, pubs and restaurants all closed, apart from take-away or delivery meals. Indoor entertainment closed. Travel advice: Avoid leaving Tier 3 area, reduce journeys.

No overnight stays beyond local area, with exceptions for work, education. Accommodation closed, with exceptions for work. Exercise classes and sports can take place outdoors, but not higher-risk contact activities. Large events banned. Drive-in events permitted.

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