AFTER a long winter lockdown, Brits could be allowed to meet loved ones from May.
Areas with the lowest rates of Covid could go into Tier 1, according to Professor Neil Ferguson.
The Prime Minister is set to reveal his ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown on February 22
What is a tier 1 lockdown?
The expert who is on the government advisory body Nervtag, said areas with lowest rates of the virus could be met with Tier 1 style restrictions in May.
Prof Ferguson told Politico’s Westminster Insider podcast: “Hopefully, if everything plays out like our best estimates would suggest it might – and there’s a lot of uncertainty around those estimates – then by May timeframe I think it’s realistic to be in something akin to Tier 2.
“And maybe if there are areas with very low incidence by that time, we’d move to Tier 1 type measures.
“Completely relaxing and moving back to something akin to where we were in August – we had some restrictions but much lighter – that will really depend on how we see the earlier relaxations play out.”
What are the rules and restrictions in a tier 1?
Tier 1 was classed as “medium risk” during the December 2020 tier systems and had the lowest level of restrictions.
Six people are allowed to meet indoors – meeting the “rule of six”.
Pubs were allowed to stay open, but had a curfew.
Schools, universities and places of worship stayed open.
Prof Ferguson did say that he was “hopeful” that the nation could be in its “final lockdown”.
When is the next lockdown review?
Boris Johnson is set to unveil his “roadmap” out of lockdown on February 22.
The PM said: “Then in the week of the 22nd, as I said, we’ll be setting out the roadmap.
“I hope that we’ll be able to give some clarity to people there.
“We hope to be able to say more in the week of the 22nd when more comes in, and how the vaccine is working on us all.
“We are just going to have to be a bit more patient.”