Coronavirus LIVE updates as England is divided into three lockdown tiers

Boris Johnson has now unveiled the new three tier restrictions system in England in a bid to simplify the rules in slowing the spread of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister announced on Monday that areas of England will be ordered into “medium”, “high” and “very high” alert levels.

Areas listed as medium will be subject to the same rules as those which currently apply across the country, such as the rule of six and the 10pm hospitality curfew.

In the high alert level, which will apply to most of the areas already subject to restrictions, household mixing will be banned indoors. Support bubbles will still be permitted, however.

The very high alert level will apply to areas causing the most concern, and social mixing will be prohibited indoors and in private gardens.

Pubs and bars will be closed in the very high alert level areas unless they can operate as a restaurant. People will also be advised against travel in and out of the areas.

Greater Manchester has been place in Tier 2 – the high alert level – and will continue as it has done since local lockdown was imposed at the end of July.

The only major change is that Oldham will finally be in line with the rest of Greater Manchester and millions in the region will now be able to meet up with other people outside so long as it is socially-distanced and follows the ‘rule of six’.

The Liverpool City region is the only area to be placed in the very highest tier and will see pubs, bars, gyms and leisure centres, betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres close from Wednesday.

However, the new announcement has become overshadowed as it has emerged that scientists advising the government recommended the country be put into a two-week ‘circuit break’ lockdown three weeks ago.

Documents released on Monday night – prior to the PM appearing from Downing Street for his press conference – show that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) were urging the Prime Minister to go further than the three-tiered system.

We’ll have live updates throughout the day…

Manchester Evening News