// Retailers will not be forced to close under new three-tier system
// High streets could still be impacted from closures in high and high alert regions
Retailers will not be forced to close their shops under the new three-tier lockdown system, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Depending on the rate of infection in a specific area, all regions in England will now be categorised as being on medium, high or very high alert.
The new measures announced on Monday will see the “medium” level applied to most of the country, consisting of the rule of six and a 10pm curfew for restaurants, bars and pubs.
The “high” level will aim to reduce transmissions from households by ruling out mixing doors between different support bubbles.
In “very high” level areas, social mixing will be prohibited indoors, and gyms, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos will be closed.
Under the new restrictions, Johnson specified that retail, schools and universities will not be closed under the tightened measures for the foreseeable future.
“We want to create the maximum possible local consensus behind this more severe local action, so in each area we will work with local government leaders on the additional measures that should be taken,” Johnson aid.
“This could lead to further restrictions on the hospitality, leisure, entertainment or personal care sectors, but retail, schools and universities will remain open,” the Prime Minister added.