The Health Secretary is to set out which tier each local authority in England will fall under after the end of the national lockdown today.
Matt Hancock will make the announcement in Parliament after the Government set out its Covid-19 “winter plan” earlier this week.
Each area will be placed into one of three tiers when lockdown ends on December 2 – but the system has been toughened from the previous regime, meaning more authorities will move into the higher tiers.
– Rishi Sunak: Tiers will feel different to lockdown
People will “see a difference” when England’s national lockdown ends next week, Rishi Sunak has said, despite an expectation that most of the country will be under Tier 2.
The Chancellor told Sky News: “Whichever tier you’re in I think people will see a tangible change.
“That said, things are obviously not normal and I can’t pretend that next week things are going to feel like they were before the spring.”
Mr Sunak also confirmed that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead a press conference in Downing Street later today, with the time still to be confirmed.
– Covid-19 now under control in Liverpool, says Mayor
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the virus has been brought back under control in the city, adding that it is now ready for Tier 2.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there have been no conversations about what tier the city will be in, but added: “I think the figures and the data justify Liverpool being at least, at least, in Tier 2.”
Asked if he would encourage other areas that are put in Tier 3 to put up with the restrictions, Mr Anderson said: “Yes, absolutely, because it’s about saving lives.
“There’s no question that the action that we’ve taken in Liverpool has saved lives.
“That’s what national government and local government should be about. It’s protecting your people and saving lives.”