Christmas shopping in England looks like being saved as all stores will be allowed to open December 2 no matter what coronavirus lockdown tier they are place into.
England will enter a new three-tiered system of local coronavirus measure when the national lockdown ends which is set to be even stricter than the previous one.
Despite tougher restrictions, the Prime Minister is expected to announce that all shops can now remain open, the Mail on Sunday reports.
During England's lockdown which kicked in on November 5, non-essential businesses have been forced shut but it is looking like all will be able to open their doors next month.
The news will give a welcome boost to traders who have already missed out on early Christmas gift shopping, as it will for the parents to fill stockings.
However, in areas with the highest infection rates, bookmakers and so-called 'wet pubs' that do not serve food may be required to remain closed.
Boris Johnson is set to announce the revised three-tier system for Christmas coronavirus restrictions.
A tougher tier system will be introduced and explained for when England comes out of a national lockdown on December 2 in an attempt to limit Covid-19 infections.
He is expected to announce the winter plan which will reveal how people celebrate Christmas with their loved ones.
A so-called four-nation 'truce' will reportedly place those living in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland under the same rules of celebrating with family and friends.
Scientists warned last week that for every day of eased restrictions, it would take up to five days of tough lockdown measures to make up for it.
But Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have emphasised the need to return to a "functioning economy", and a source said: "We've got to get normality back."
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