Boris Johnson will lay out the Government’s plans for what will happen after lockdown in a press conference this evening.

The Prime Minister has been insistent that England’s national shutdown will end on 2 December as planned.

He is expected to announce that the country will return to a strengthened version of the three-tier system that was in place before lockdown.

Here is everything you need to know.

What time is ’s announcement today?

The Prime Minister is expected to lay out the lockdown exit strategy in the House of Commons at 3.30pm.

He will do so over video link, as he is still self-isolating after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace last week.

Mr Johnson met with Conservative MP Lee Anderson last Thursday, who later tested positive for Covid-19.

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The country is expected to return to three-tier restrictions (Photo: Getty)

The Prime Minister must isolate despite spending time in an intensive care unit with the virus earlier this year.

After he has announced his plans in the Commons, Mr Johnson will then address the nation in a televised press conference at 7pm.

He will appear via video link, and will be flanked by Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, and Andrew Pollard of the Oxford Vaccine Group.

There is a chance that another government figure, such as Health Secretary Matt Hancock, may fill in for Mr Johnson, given his isolation situation.

How can I watch live?

Mr Johnson’s Commons announcement will be shown live on the BBC Parliament TV channel, and on Sky News.

You can watch it online on BBC iPlayer, Sky News’ YouTube channel, or the UK Parliament YouTube channel.

This evening’s press conference will be shown on BBC News and Sky News, and may also be given a slot on BBC One.

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Lockdown is due to end of 2 December (Photo: Getty)

What is he expected to say?

The Prime Minister is expected to announce that England will return to the three-tier system that was in place before lockdown.

However, this is expected to be strengthened, with more places put into tier three.

Gyms and non-essential retail could be allowed to stay open in every tier, to try to keep businesses afloat in the run-up to Christmas.

The 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants is expected to be pushed back to 11pm. However, in tier two establishments may only be allowed to serve alcohol alongside a meal, while they will be takeaway only in tier three.

In a huge boost for the travel industry, the quarantine period for people arriving in the UK from countries without a travel corridor could possibly be slashed from 14 days to five, giving people the chance to visit relatives abroad before Christmas.

Mass testing is expected to be ramped up in tier three areas, giving them “a direct route out of the toughest restrictions”.

The Prime Minister is expected to say: “The selflessness of people in following the rules is making a difference.

“The virus is not spreading nearly as quickly as it would if we were not washing our hands, maintaining social distance, wearing masks and so on.

“And in England, where nationwide measures came into effect at the start of this month, the increase in new cases is flattening off.”

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