The government is planning “harsher three-tier lockdown” restrictions that could close pubs and ban all social contact with people outside of your household.
A leaked document shows a proposed red, amber and green “traffic light” system that could be implemented in England.
This would happen if the R rate spiralled out of control and could see the country head back into a similar lockdown that it faced back in March.
How do the government lockdown tiers work?
At the moment, England is on the green level – or alert tier one.
Currently, those living in England must adhere to the rule of six.
Face masks must be worn in shops and pubs and on transport.
Only 15 people are allowed at weddings and only 30 are allowed to attend a funeral.
All bars and restaurants must close daily at 10pm.
So what would happen on amber?
The amber alert – or alert level two – will see stronger restrictions imposed.
If this is enforced, people will be instructed to avoid visiting care homes and only make essential journeys.
Social interaction would also be limited, the leaked documents seen by The Guardian reveal.
As a result, there would be no social contact in private homes or gardens outside of your bubble.
What would happen on red or alert level three?
The most extreme red tier, level three, would see the country return to a full lockdown.
There would be no social contact with anyone outside your household.
Hospitality and leisure businesses would be closed.
Amateur sports and hobbies would be banned as a result of alert level three being imposed.
The toughest of the measures will only be imposed nationally or in a specific area if the virus can’t be controlled by the amber restrictions or if an area sees a “significant increase in transmission”.
Called the “COVID-19 Proposed Social Distancing Framework”, the document is dated September 30.
Many people do not have a clear understanding of the rules that apply to them.
However, it has not yet been signed off by Boris Johnson and, as such, the measures could still be watered down somewhat.
Schools aren’t mentioned anywhere in the document so it’s thought they would remain open.
Places of worship, meanwhile, will also remain open, even if England reaches alert level three.
Authors of the tiered system hope that the clearer structure would mean more people adhere to the rules.
The report stated: “Research tells us that people would welcome a clearer and simpler structure to the advice and rules that they should follow.”
It also said: “Many people do not have a clear understanding of the rules that apply to them.”
A government source revealed it was an “early draft”.
They added: “Proposals are still being considered by ministers.”
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