UK coronavirus LIVE: England’s tier restrictions to be toughened after lockdown ahead of Christmas rule change

England will enter a strengthened three-tiered system of local restrictions when the lockdown ends on December 2 as the Government plans for the public to see loved ones at Christmas.


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