All shops – even in toughest new tiers – will be permitted to reopen after lockdown ends on December 2, The Mail on Sunday reports.
The Prime Minister will address the nation tomorrow (November 23) with details of his new ‘Covid Winter Plan.’
The PM will replace the lockdown in December with a much tougher three-tier system – stricter than the previous ones.
However he will provide good news for retail – allowing all shops to remain open.
The Mail on Sunday reports that all shops will be allowed to reopen – and stay open for a busy festive shopping season.
Hairdressers, beauty salons, gyms are also set to reopen on December 2.
The hospitality sector may struggle in December – unless they serve food.
And even if they do serve food- pubs and eateries could be contending with harsher controls on households mixing indoors.
The plan for the tough new tier system has been described as “tiers on steroids” by one source.
Last week Dr Susan Hopkins, a Public Health England director advising the Government’s coronavirus response, said Mr Johnson had to think about ‘strengthening’ tiers ‘in order to get us through the winter months’.
It is understood this advice has led to the new proposals to be presented to Parliament on Monday ( November 23).
Which area goes into which tier will be announced on Thursday (November 26). It is expected more areas could shift into the strictest Tier 3 rules.
During Monday’s address, Mr Johnson will also give further details about what kind of Christmas Day we can expect with our families.