- September 6, 2021
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Announcing the news on Monday, November 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson waned the new, revised tier system would be more stringent than the one previously in place. It comes after public health officials warned the tier system as it wasn’t working well enough to decrease the number of cases. Mr Johnson told the House of Commons: “I’m sorry to say that we expect more regions will fall, at least temporarily, into higher levels than before.
“But, by using these tougher tiers and by using rapid turnaround tests on an ever greater scale to drive the R number below one and keep it there, it should be possible for areas to move down the tiering scale.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons that the tier levels will be reviewed in two weeks.
Mr Hancock said: “Regardless of your tier, I ask everyone, we must all think of our own responsibilities to keep the virus under control.
“The less any one person passes on the disease, the faster we can get this disease under control together.”
READ MORE: When will the tiers be reviewed?
Gyms and non-essential retail will be allowed to stay open in every tier.
This has been done in an effort to keep as many businesses afloat as possible in the run up to Christmas.
The 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants will be pushed back to 11pm, with last orders being called at 10pm.
The new curfew has been implemented in an effort to stagger departures and avoid a big rush of people leaving at the same time at 10pm.
Hairdressers and barbers had to temporarily close their doors during the last lockdown in March, forcing Brits to make do with DIY hair cuts and trims.
They were allowed to reopen on July 4 with a host of additional safety measures in place.
The second national lockdown, which began on November 5, also saw hairdressers and barber shops close their doors for the duration.
But it has now been confirmed all hairdressers, beauty salons and barbers will be able to reopen in all tiers after the lockdown is lifted.
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However, there are a number of restrictions in Tier 3 areas which will continue to apply.
You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anyone you don’t live with, or who isn’t in your support bubble.
This includes meeting in any private garden, while socialising in some outdoor places including parks, beaches, public gardens and sports facilities, is allowed as long as the rule of six is applied.
Accommodation like hotels, B&Bs, campsites and guest houses must all close unless they are used for a number of specific purposes, such as a main residence.
Leisure and sports facilities can continue to operate, but group exercise classes shouldn’t go ahead, while saunas and steam rooms should also close.
There should be no public presence at any spectator sports, like football games, while indoor performances and large business events should be cancelled.
Places of worship, like mosques, churches and synagogues, can remain open, but attendance should not be with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
All these rules are in place unless a legal exemption applies to you and your situation.
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