What restrictions will be in place after lockdown? (Picture: EPA)

England is over half-way through its second nationwide lockdown which was implemented on Thursday, November 5.

Due to end of December 2, it is currently thought England will go back to the three-tier system it was operating under before lockdown, with a list of areas including Greater Manchester and East Yorkshire thought to be likely to leave lockdown and go into tier three restrictions.

These restrictions could include gyms and other leisure services remaining closed, as well as households banned from meeting indoors.

However, it is thought that the Government will announce relaxing of the coronavirus rules next week, with the looser restrictions thought to last from December 22 to 28 so ‘several families’ can celebrate Christmas.

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Could this mean a longer, or another lockdown, to make it happen?

Will there be another lockdown?

It is currently unclear what will happen when, and if, the national lockdown comes to an end on December 2.

Speaking to the BBC Breakfast show, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace implied that the government will know what the best plan of action closer to the time.

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He said: ‘The best time to make those decisions about how we can get together for Christmas, how we can get through this festive period, is when we have seen the impact of this lockdown on the figures.

‘The best time for me to give you better advice, for the Government to make that decision, is as close to the 2nd of December as possible.’

However, sources have reportedly informed The Telegraph that each tier is likely to be made stricter so measures which previously applied only in the higher tiers – such as a ban on household mixing indoors – will now form part of the base level of restrictions.

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The Telegraph added that PM Boris Johnson will also warn the level of restrictions for the rest of next month would depend on how well the public obeys the current lockdown in England, which is due to end on December 2.

Downing Street declined to comment.

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