MATT Hancock will update the nation this afternoon on the current Covid Tier restrictions throughout England.
London and Essex are set to be plunged into Tier 3 "imminently" – the toughest of the coronavirus lockdown measures. But what time is Mr Hancock's speech and will he confirm the new measures?
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What time is Matt Hancock's tier announcement today?
The Health Secretary is due to give a speech to the House of Commons today (December 14, 2020) at 3.30pm.
He will update the house on local Tier announcements and the restrictions that people living in specific areas will be placed under.
The tier locations in England were unveiled by Matt Hancock on November 26, plunging 99 per cent of the country has been plunged into Tier 2 and Tier 3.
Following this, Matt Hancock will hold a televised Downing Street Press Conference this evening.
An exact time for the conference is not yet known.
What is the health secretary expected to announce?
Mr Hancock is expected to announce an update to Tier restrictions across the country.
The government had previously said that Tiers would be subject to a re-evaluation on Wednesday (December 16) but it has been brought forward by two days.
City Hall bosses are drawing up plans which could see London ordered into the tougher lockdown as early as tonight, or possibly tomorrow night, The Sun understands.
The emergency plans could mean pubs and restaurants are forced to shut with just a few hours notice.
And it would mean there will be no final chance for Londoners to hit pubs and restaurants before they are forced to close their doors – which is thought to have contributed to spikes in the past.
Meanwhile, shortly before theCommons statement, Sky News reported that Mr Hancock told MPs that London WOULD be moved into the highest tier "imminently".
It also rumoured that Somerset, including Bath, as well as Gloucestershire and Wiltshire could move from tier 2 to tier 3.
It comes after Boris Johnson led a "Covid O" Committee this morning to consider closing restaurants and pubs in the capital under the restrictions.
How can I watch the speech live?
Matt Hancock's address to the Commons can be watched on major news channels including Sky News and BBC Parliament.
The press conference will be shown on the BBC this evening, live from Downing Street.
However, the conference can also be watched on the Government's official YouTube account.
In addition, our live coronavirus blog provides updates and reports on what is said during both the Commons speech and the Downing Street conference.
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