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Newark: Return of a tigher tiered system of coronavirus restrictions after lockdown and what Christmas will look like

The second national lockdown will be lifted next week with a stricter tier system of coronavirus restrictions coming into force.

The Prime Minister announced today 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 would be introduced.

Boris Johnson unveils the new tier system.
Boris Johnson unveils the new tier system.

Tier system

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.

There will also be a return of the Rule of Six, which means people will no longer be restricted to meeting one person in an outdoor setting.

It is still unclear which tiers would apply in Nottinghamshire. This is set to be announced on Thursday.


Mr Johnson said the government was working on a time-limited Christmas dispensation with the devolved administrations.

"We all want some kind of Christmas, we need it, we certainly feel we deserve it. But what we don't want is to throw caution to the winds and allow the virus to flare up again, forcing us all back into lockdown in January," he said.

"So to allow families to come together, while minimising the risk, we're working with the devolved administrations on a special time-limited Christmas dispensation, embracing the whole of the United Kingdom."

More information as we have it.

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