PUBLISHED: 08:31, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:49, Fri, Oct 30, 2020
Boris Johnson’s current tier system only has three levels but a fourth tier could be introduced to effectively mirror the first national lockdown imposed on the UK in March. Tier 4 would see everything but schools and essential shops close and travel limited to getting to work and classes.
It doesn’t go quite as far as the restrictions introduced in March, when schools across Britain were told to close.
But the rest of the measures are the same, with pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential retailers forced to shut.
This morning Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab did not rule out a new Tier 4 lockdown level.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: "We're always ready for further measures that we can take.
Boris Johnson is considering introducing a new Tier 4 lockdown (Image: Getty)
Dominic Raab did not rule out a new Tier 4 lockdown level this morning (Image: Getty)
“But I think the most important thing about further measures is that we continue on the track we're on of targeting the virus."
Areas in the north west of England could be told to enter Tier 4, if the proposals are approved by No10.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has already backed the idea if coronavirus infections continue to rise.
Other areas at risk include Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Warrington.
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Professor Chris Whitty warned the Tier 3 restrictions were unlikely to be enough to bring down the R rate (Image: PA)
The fourth tier is understood to be viewed as a short-term