Boris Johnson told the Commons yesterday that the three-tiered regional measures will return from 2nd December, but he added that each tier will be toughened.
Spectators will be allowed to return to some sporting events, and weddings and collective worship will resume.
Regions will not find out which tier they are in until Thursday.
The allocation of tiers will be dependent on a number of factors, including each area’s case numbers, the reproduction rate – or R number – and the current and projected pressure on the NHS locally.
Tier allocations will be reviewed every 14 days, Mr Johnson added that “things will look and feel very different” after Easter, with a vaccine and mass testing.
He warned the months ahead “will be hard, they will be cold, they include January and February when the NHS is under its greatest pressure” – but added that with a “favourable wind” the majority of people most in need of a vaccination might be able to get one by Easter.
A reminder of the Tiers is below