On Saturday the government decided to introduce a new Tier in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.
London and parts of the south east and east of England were placed in the extra-strict Tier 4 of restrictions.
At the same time as announcing the changes, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he had cancelled Christmas for millions of Brits by shortening the Christmas bubble to just one day.
But those living under Tier 4 restrictions are not allowed to form a Christmas bubble at all.
Those in Tier 4 lockdown are being asked to follow the strict “Stay at home” message.
So how long will Tier 4 restrictions last? Here is everything we know so far.
How long will Tier 4 last?
According to Neil Ferguson, the epidemiologist who advised the government to lock down in March, has said Tier 4 restrictions could “possibly” remain in place until April 2021.
When asked whether the Tier 4 restrictions would have to be in place until Easter, he said: “Possibly. I would say the government gets criticised for changing policy all the time."
He added to the BBC: “This virus is unpredictable. How people behave is unpredictable.”
The current Tier 4 restrictions came into force at 12.01am on December 20.
These will be in place for at least two weeks, which means a review will take place on December 30.
But it’s not guaranteed that the affected regions will be downgraded on the review date, and Mr Johnson warned the strict restrictions were likely to be in place through New Year’s Eve at least.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the restrictions may have to remain in place “for some time”.
He Told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “The new variant is out of control and we need to bring it under control.
“We don’t know how long these measures are going to be in place. It may be for some time until we can get the vaccine going.”
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The Tier system will be reviewed on January 27, 2021, when the regulations will be brought to parliament.
But as it stands, the tier system is expected to be in place longer than that.
Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol, said that even if the elderly are vaccinated, the social restrictions may have to stay in place for quite some time.
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