Boris Johnson has revealed his plans for life post-lockdown in the run up to Christmas, with a more stringent tier system on the way from next week.
From next Wednesday, the UK will return to the 3-tier system which controls what each county can and cannot do. This will vary in different parts of the country depending on a number of factors, including the rate of infection.
It is expected that the Isle of Wight will fall into Tier 1 as it has been indicated by Health Secretary Matt Hancock that the Island will be ‘treated as an Island’, as reported by Island Echo earlier today.
Under Tier 1, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to stay open until 23:00 but last orders must be called at 22:00. Shops will re-open once again, alongside hairdresser and beauty salons. Gyms and leisure centres will also be allowed to re-open.
Weddings, collective worship and outdoor sports can also resume under the first stage tier and indoor performances can resume with a 50% capacity.
The Rule of 6 will come back into force from next week but the rule will be relaxed for Christmas, details of which are expected to be confirmed later this week.
It is currently anticipated that by the Spring things will start to return to normal. This will be made possible by the rollout of vaccinations, which are expected to get underway as early as the beginning of December.
A full announcement on which areas will be in the different tiers is due on Thursday – an important day in determining the outlook for the Island in the weeks leading up to and beyond Christmas.