England’s coronavirus restrictions are due to expire by February 3, according to a letter to MPs on Saturday night.
Boris Johnson has written to Conservative MPs offering them a second vote on the coronavirus animal system early next year as he tries to prevent a riot in the Commons this week.
The prime minister has angered some of his parties with a plan to impose severe restrictions across much of England if the national lockdown ends on Wednesday and may struggle to get the measures through parliament on Tuesday.
However, in a letter to colleagues on Saturday night, Mr Johnson said the rules would include a sunset clause – or an expiration date – dated February 3, with MPs offering an opportunity to vote for an extension.
The government will review the levels of local areas every two weeks, and after the fourth review on Jan. 27, will bring the regulations to parliament to see if the tiered system will remain in place until the end of March.
Mr Johnson also said the first such review, on December 16, would take into account the views of local public health directors, with a final decision on whether areas should change levels made in a cabinet committee. The changes would take effect on December 19th.
In another olive branch for MPs, the Prime Minister pledged to release more data, outlining what circumstances must change for an area to move down, and analyzing the health, economic and social impact of coronavirus suppression measures.
Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be subject to the lightest Tier 1 controls, while large parts of the Midlands, Northeast and Northwest will be subject to the most restrictive Tier 3 controls.
Overall, 99% of England will enter Tier 2 or 3, with strict bar and restaurant restrictions and a ban on indoor mixing if the four-week national lockdown is lifted on Wednesday.
Several high-ranking Tories have spoken out against the plan, including 1922 committee chairman Sir Graham Brady, who said he wanted people to be “treated as adults” and to trust their own health decisions.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Any Radio Questions, he said, “I feel that so many people have tried in completely responsible ways to ensure that they can have a family life, a social life, but are safe and consistently responsible.
“The elderly, in particular, who are usually more prone to Covid-19, are also likely to be the most responsible.”
Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, who represents South Thanet, which has the second highest R-rate in the UK, plans to vote against the new tiered restrictions on Tuesday.
He told BBC Breakfast that he would instead prefer a natural “self-regulation” process, which he believes happens when the R-rate starts to rise in their area.
But Chris Hopson, executive director of NHS Providers, urged MPs to think about what the NHS could be like in January, saying, “You need to take the precautions now to ensure the NHS isn’t at what is always the busiest time is overwhelmed the year. “
Mr Johnson admitted Friday that people were feeling “frustrated,” especially in areas with low infection rates, which are now more restrictive than before the lockdown.
He said, “The difficulty is that if you did it differently, you would first divide the country into burdens and burdens of very complicated subdivisions – there has to be some simplicity and clarity in the way we do it do that.
“The second problem is that, unfortunately, our experience is that if a high incidence area gets pretty close to a low incidence area, then unfortunately the low incidence area starts if you don’t overcome the problem in the high incidence area . “