With the end of this latest lockdown in sight, all eyes are on what life will be like as we all move back into the 3-Tier system.

According to the official Covid-19 briefing document, the Government “has learned from the evidence of the impact and implementation of the previous tiers to modify its approach” in a bid to save Christmas.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told the Commons that while the three-tiered regional measures will return from 2 December, each tier will be toughened.

The announcement outlining which tier each region will be assigned to is expected on Thursday. The measures are likely to remain in force at least until March

The new measures are designed to minimise pressure on the NHS and save lives

The PM warned that he expected "more regions will fall - at least temporarily - into higher levels than before" and that he was "very sorry" for the "hardship" that the new restrictions will cause business owners.

This advice is echoed in the Government’s Winter Plan document, which says “In order to control the virus effectively, it is also likely that more of the country is placed into tiers 2 and 3 at first, as part of the continued effort to suppress infections and protect NHS capacity.”

The new rules will be across the board and not subject to regional variations, says Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock

Pubs in Tier 2 will only be able to open if “they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, and accompanying drinks.”

If a region is in Tier 3, pubs and restaurants will only be open for “takeaway, delivery or drive-through.”

With regard to household mixing, the PM said that in tier one areas, a maximum of six people can meet indoors or outdoors. Moving into Tier 2, there will be no mixing of households allowed indoors, while a maximum of six people can meet outdoors.

Boris Johnson announced the plans for when lockdown ends on December 2, in an address to the House of Commons today

When an area is placed under the most severe conditions – Tier 3 – household mixing will not be allowed indoors, or in most outdoor places.

Mr Johnson also said that in all three tiers, people should continue to work from home where possible.

Where pubs are allowed to open, last orders will now be at 10pm, with drinkers allowed a further hour to finish their pints. This is intended to prevent a last-minute wish with large amounts of people entering or leaving premises at the same time.