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Prime Minister set to lay out Christmas Covid restrictions

The Prime Minister is expected to lay out the plans for the UK post-lockdown 2.0 this afternoon in the Commons.

England is due to exit its national lockdown on December 2nd, with expectation that the 4 Governments of the UK will come to an agreement on how they will all act going forward to Christmas.

It is expected that some mixing of households will be allowed over the Christmas period, with sources suggesting that up to four households will be allowed to mix.

A toughened Three Tier system is anticipated, with pubs and restaurants being asked to operate as takeaways entirely in Tier 3, where before they were allowed to be open as long as they were serving substantial meals.

Gyms and shops are expected to open as normal, with the Government acknowledging the extra precautions that had been put in place to limit spread within these establishments.

With testing being the key to controlling the virus, the Prime Minister is expected to make big announcements around mass testing in the workplace in areas that are in the highest tier. Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has already confirmed that mass testing like we’ve already seen in Liverpool is going to be rolled out to 67 more towns and cities.

There will also, no doubt, be mention of the breakthrough of the Oxford vaccine, that the Government have already bought 100 million doses of.

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