Coronavirus restrictions in Herefordshire are likely to remain as they are when Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new restrictions later on today.

Restrictions are expected to be split into three tiers, with Tier 3 restrictions imposed on the areas with the highest cases. These restrictions are expected to be put in places across areas of Northern England, such as Manchester and Liverpool. In these areas, pubs, bars, hairdressers and beauty salons may be forced to close. It is unclear whether restaurants will be included in any closures.

In Tier 2, household mixing is likely to be banned to try and slow the spread of the virus. The closure of some businesses may also take place in areas under these restrictions.

In Tier 1, which is likely to include Herefordshire, restrictions are expected to remain the same with areas expected to adhere to the rule of six restrictions and also the 10pm curfew for bars and restaurants. If cases continue to rise, areas under Tier 1 restrictions would then move up on the scale to help slow the spread.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make a speech to the House of Commons at 3.30pm today, follow by an address to the nation at 6pm, where he will be joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.