- By spring 2021, scientific advances should reduce the need for the restrictions and make the idea of a COVID-19 lockdown redundant
- From 2 December - people can leave their home for any purpose and meet up to six people outside; and that collective worship, weddings, and outdoor sports can resume subject to social distancing; and shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen
- People will no longer be limited to seeing only one other person in outdoor public spaces; the rule of six will apply as it did in the previous set of tiers
- Previous local tiers were not sufficient to reduce the R-rate to below 1, so the tiers were to be made tougher by:
- Tier 1: people should work from home wherever possible
- Tier 2: alcohol may only be served alongside a meal
- Tier 3: indoor entertainment would have to close, as would hospitality, except for takeaways
By the end of 2020, every care home resident can have two visitors, who will be tested twice a week. Social care workers will be offered weekly tests from 23 November. Weekly tests will be provided for prison staff, food manufacturing staff, and those delivering COVID-19 vaccines. Testing will enable students to know if they can return home for Christmas. In England there will be a launch of a major community testing programme, offering all local authorities in Tier 3 areas a six-week surge of testing.
Mass testing will be rolled out in the NHS from next month, and across the country from January 2021. The Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine is one of three vaccines capable of developing a period of immunity. 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine had been ordered, and 300 million vaccines had been ordered overall.
The Government is increasing eligibility for free influenza vaccinations to all 50 to 64-year-olds; these will be available from 1 December.
The College of Podiatry