Boris Johnson is expected to announce his winterization plan on Monday, including strengthening a three-tier system of domestic restrictions on England.
Ministers will then determine the level at which each region will be placed on Thursday.
Representatives are expected to be granted the right to vote to approve the new system in the days leading up to its entry into force when the national lockdown ends on December 2.
What will the new system look like?
The country will return to a three-tier system of regional restrictions, which was in effect from October 14th through November 5th.
While many of the domestic measures will be similar to those previously in place, levels will be boosted in some areas to protect gains made during the national lockdown.
It is understood that the curfew at 10 pm for bars and restaurants can be extended by an hour. The last orders are still called at 10 PM, but people will have until 11 PM to finish their food and drink.
What was the original three-layer system?
- Level 1 (medium): base six if you meet indoors or outdoors; Bars and restaurants close at 10 pm
- Level 2 (High): No household mixing inside; Rule Six applies outdoors; Bars and restaurants close at 10 pm
- Level 3 (Very High): No household mixing indoors or some outdoors; Bars and pubs that do not serve meals are closed
What is expected during Christmas?
Multiple families – Potentially three A bubble can be temporarily created between 22 and 28 December.
The plans could cover all four countries in the UK, according to reports.
Restrictions on church services could also be lifted to allow a Christmas mass.
But while plans have yet to be made, the ministers made clear that the holiday season will be different from normal.
How long will the new system last?
The government is optimistic that restrictions can be gradually reduced in the lead up to spring, provided vaccines are approved by the regulators, allowing a plan to begin implementation next month before a broader program in the new year.
But with no vaccines approved, it remains unclear exactly when the startup will be.