“For the first time since this unfortunate virus started, we can see a way out of the pandemic. We know in our hearts that next year we will succeed “, said the prime minister during the presentation” His winter plan. “
Johnson announced that England will return to a three-tier system of restrictions, with varying degrees of rules imposed on areas of the country, depending on the number of coronavirus infections. However, he stressed that the levels will be stricter than before the second quarantine.
“I’m afraid the scientific recommendations are that as we get out of quarantine, the levels need to be tougher,” he added. Johnson said he hopes to announce on Thursday which areas will fall under these levels.
Shops, gyms and hair salons will be allowed to reopen when restrictions are lifted and outdoor sports can be resumed.
In level 1, people will be told to limit travel and work from home where possible. In level 2, bars and restaurants will only be able to serve alcohol with a substantial meal.
Indoor and outdoor sports facilities in regions with levels 1 and 2 will be able to allow “a limited number” of spectators, while “business events” may be resumed.
In level 3, hospitality companies with indoor activities will remain closed, except for home deliveries and all indoor entertainment halls will be closed.
If the bars and restaurants can be opened, the last orders will be taken from December 2 until 22:00, closing at 23:00.
Johnson said the government will strengthen the “capacity to act” of local authorities, giving them new powers to stop businesses.
Johnson also announced what he called a “major community testing program” for Level 3 areas.
“If it works, we should be able to give those who test negative the prospect of fewer restrictions,” Johnson said, adding that people who have had tests with negative results may meet in some places with others who have. negative results.
Official Christmas plans are still being established with leaders in each decentralized administration (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Johnson said. He added that it will be a “special, time-limited Christmas”.
“I can’t say that Christmas will be normal this year. In times of adversity, spending time with loved ones is even more precious to people of all faiths, ”Johnson said.
However, the prime minister said the nation could not afford to “give up caution and allow the virus to spread again, forcing us all to return to quarantine in January.”
Families will need to think carefully about the risk of meeting elderly relatives, he said.
The United Kingdom has more than 1.5 million cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University, the third highest number of infections in Europe after France and Spain. The country has reported 55,120 coronavirus-related deaths.
However, there are signs that the number of new infections has begun to stabilize in the country. On Sunday, 18,662 new cases were reported in the UK, and in the last seven days there were 142,747 confirmed cases, almost 20% fewer cases than those reported between November 9-15.
The British government is under pressure to return to normal economic activity. The UK economy grew by 15.5% in the third quarter, according to preliminary figures released in early November, after falling 19.8% in the previous quarter after the first national quarantine. The second national quarantine is likely to affect economic growth in the last three months of the year.
There has also been pressure on politicians to detail the planned restrictions for the holiday period. The governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to decide, together with England, on a common plan so that families in the UK can meet.