The ‘COVID winter plan’ will see a return to the three-tier system for England with more areas being placed on the highest levels.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce his plan for winter on Monday, including a strengthened three-tier system of local restrictions for England.

MPs are expected to be given the vote to approve the new system in the days before it comes into force when the national lockdown ends on 2 December.

The country will move back into a three-tier system of regional restrictions, which was in force from 14 October until 5 November.

While many local measures will be similar to those in place previously, the tiers will be strengthened in some areas to safeguard gains made during the national lockdown.

Several households – potentially three – could be allowed to create a bubble temporarily between 22 and 28 December.

But while plans have not yet been set out, ministers have made clear that the festive season will be different to normal.

The government is optimistic restrictions can be gradually reduced in the run-up to spring, providing vaccines are approved by regulators, allowing a plan for the rollout to begin next month before a wider programme in the new year.

But with no vaccines having been approved it is still not clear exactly when the rollout will be able to begin.

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