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When will the new tiers be announced, which one will I be in after lockdown and what are the rules?
Lockdown is set to end in England on December 2, following a month of strict COVID rules.
Boris Johnson will be announcing plans for the coming month in his speech today, but it is believed England will be returning to a tier system.
The three tier system will set out the rules in each area depending on infection rates, with more areas believed to be being put into Tier 3 this time round.
But what tier will you be in when lockdown ends and when will be find out?
At the moment, the tiers each area of England will be put in after lockdown has not been announced.
The decision will depend on infection rates in the area.
Boris Johnson will be addressing the nation today, but we won't find out which tier each area is in until Thursday, December 26.
At the moment, the rules in each tier have not yet been confirmed.
However, it is believed the regulations in Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 will be the same as before, but with some changes.
For example, it has been reported all shops across England will remain open, even in the strictest areas.
These were the three tier rules before lockdown came into place to give you an idea of the rules:
Tier 1 - Medium
For people in the 'medium' tier, which is the majority of England, the lockdown rules include the rule of six as well as a 10pm curfew for the hospitality sector.
Tier 2 - High
If your area falls into tier 2, or 'high', the same rules apply, but the Government is also banning any interactions between households or support bubbles indoors.
The rule of six will remain for these areas outdoors, where the virus struggles to spread.
Tier 3 - Very High
Tier 3 applies to areas in England where the virus is transmitting rapidly and where the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed.
In these areas, no social mixing will be allowed indoors or outdoors.
Pubs and bars will also be closing in areas marked as 'very high'.
Schools and universities will stay open in all these areas.