Boris Johnson is expected to make a formal announcement of new measures in a statement to MPs on today (Monday, October 12).
The Prime Minister is scheduled to address representatives at around 3.30 pm, by announcing the new three-tier system of “local COVID alert levels” across England.
This will come after a COBRA meeting that took place this morning in which the details of the proposed three-stage lockdown system will be finalised.
At around 6 pm, Mr Johnson will host a televised press conference alongside Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, to address the public and answer questions.
What will the new measures be?
The Prime Minister is set to impose tougher restrictions for areas which have been worst-hit by coronavirus today, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus across the country.
Restrictions will be split by a new three-tier system with areas of England classified as medium, high or very high risk.
Areas will be placed under different restrictions depending on the severity of covid-19 in that particular area.
Areas in tier one are expected to continue with the current restrictions, including the rule of six and a 10 pm curfew for bars and restaurants.
Hospitality venues, including pubs and restaurants, are expected to remain open in two-tier areas.
However, it is also expected to include a ban on meeting with people you do not live with, in households, private homes, gardens as well as pubs and restaurants.
Tier 3These measures are the strictest, and it is expected that pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities will close in these areas.
Mixing of households, in any settings, will also be banned.
What does this mean for Sheffield?
It is believed that Sheffield could be placed into a ‘Tier 2 lockdown’ following discussions over the weekend, but further meetings have taken place and the situation could be about to change again.
The televised press conference will be broadcast live on BBC One, Sky News, ITV as well as several Youtube channels and BBC iplayer.