Will the lockdown end next week?
Yes. Boris Johnson confirmed today that the lockdown will end on December 2nd – next Wednesday – and is expected to come into effect that day at 12:01 a.m.
What replaces the lock?
The lockdown will be replaced by a system of regional restrictions in three stages, which is expected to last until the end of March 2021.
Can you see friends outdoors again?
Yes. The prime minister said that starting next Wednesday, everyone will be allowed to leave their homes for any purpose and meet others in open public spaces, subject to the rule of six.
What else will come back?
Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, the prime minister said without giving further details.
He added that personal care, gyms and the entire recreational sector can all be reopened.
Are nail salons and hairdressers allowed to open?
Yes, nail salons and hairdressers are allowed to reopen and fall under the “body care” category.
Can't essential stores be opened on all three levels?
Yes. Mr. Johnson has confirmed that all stores can reopen regardless of what level their area is on. This is a big boost for retailers during the holiday season.
Can I go to church again – and are weddings back?
Yes, services can be resumed – as can weddings. Further details will be announced.
Can I take part in sporting events?
Yes, with restrictions. Mr Johnson said that level one and level two spectator sports will be free to resume indoors and outdoors with capacity constraints and social distancing "to be more consistent with indoor performances in theaters and concert halls."
Although Mr. Johnson didn't go into the details, the government will allow the smaller 4,000 spectators – or 50 percent of the capacity of a stadium – for outdoor events in Tier 1 areas. For indoor events of the first level, a maximum of 2,000 or 50 percent of the capacity is permitted.
In areas of the second level, each of these numbers is halved. For outdoor events in tier 2, a maximum of 2,000 spectators – or 50 percent of the capacity, whichever is lower – are permitted. For indoor events, the lower number of either 1,000 fans – or 50 percent of normal capacity – is permitted.
However, areas that fall directly into the third tier must still adhere to a ban on participation in sporting events for all fans.
W.What is the? Funds for working from home?
Mr Johnson said people in the first tier should work from home wherever possible. This differs from the more relaxed regulation under level 1 before locking.
Can second tier pubs remain open?
Yes, with new restrictions. Alcohol can now only be served as part of an “extensive meal” in the hospitality industry.
This is unlike before when all tier 2 pubs were allowed to stay open, regardless of whether they were serving food or not.
Can third tier pubs remain open?
No, except for takeaways. Mr. Johnson has ordered the closure of indoor entertainment, hotels, and all forms of hospitality, with the exception of supplies and takeaways.
This is unlike before when third tier pubs could be opened, but only when alcohol was served as part of a "large meal".
Will the curfew at 10 p.m. be relaxed?
Yes, Mr Johnson came up with a plan so that while last orders have to be placed by 10pm, people have an extra hour to finish their food and drinks. The opening times must be extended to 11 p.m.
When will you know what tier your area will be upgraded to?
This Thursday, ministers will announce what stage each area will enter, based on a scientific analysis of the local prevalence of Covid-19.
Will the rules within the levels vary between areas?
No, said the Prime Minister, the levels will now be a single set of rules. There will be no negotiations on additional measures between the individual regions.
Is my area still in the same tier as before?
Not necessarily. More areas are expected to enter the upper end of the tiered system over the next month, the prime minister said.
Can I see my family for Christmas?
Possibly. Mr Johnson has laid the foundation for plans to allow small numbers of households across the UK to mingle over a limited number of days around Christmas.
He has not yet released the details and said families need to make "careful judgment" about visiting elderly relatives for Christmas.
The Prime Minister told MPs: "This virus will obviously not grant a ceasefire for Christmas, it does not know that it is Christmas, and families need to carefully assess the risk of visiting elderly relatives.
"We will be issuing guidance for those who are clinically highly susceptible to managing the risks at any stage and over Christmas."
Can I see my family for Christmas if they are not in England?
Mr Johnson said the government was working on a limited-time Christmas season with the decentralized administrations.
He told the Commons, “I cannot say that Christmas will be normal this year, but in a time of need, time spent with loved ones is more precious to people of all faiths and none.
“We all want some kind of Christmas, we need it, we feel we deserve it. What we don't want, however, is to exercise caution and let the virus flare up again, which will force us all back into lockdown in January.
"So that families can come together while minimizing the risk, we are working with the decentralized administrations on a special limited-time Christmas season that will span the entire UK."
How are rapid tests introduced – and who will get them first?
Mr Johnson said rapid tests will be done by the end of the year so each nursing home resident can have two visitors who can be tested twice a week.
He also told MPs: “Nurses caring for people within their own four walls will be offered weekly tests starting today. Starting next month, weekly testing will be available to staff in prisons, food manufacturing, and those who deliver and administer Covid vaccines. & # 39;
Mr Johnson said tests will allow students to "go home safely for Christmas" and return to university.
What happens to the test system?
Mr Johnson said daily tests will also be used as part of attempts to end automatic isolation for close contacts of those who tested positive for Covid-19.