UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a new three-tier system of measures alongside local regions across the country being handed greater decision-making powers as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The new system, to be laid out in the House of Commons on Monday, is expected to see the most severe measures imposed for areas of England fall within the third tier and people being ordered not to have any social contact with anyone outside their household together with the expected closures of pubs and bars where some of the highest numbers of cases are occurring.

Tier one is likely to see people expected to follow the ‚Äúrule of six‚ÄĚ on gatherings and maintain¬†social distancing. Tier two could ban households from mixing in homes, gardens, pubs, bars or restaurants.

Herefordshire is expected to be placed in Tier one, due to a relatively low case rate compared to the rest of the country. Local health experts will be keeping a close eye on things however, due to a recent increase in cases that has seen over 65 cases recorded over the past seven days.

Residents in Herefordshire are expected to be asked to continue to follow national rules such as the ‘rule of six’ and the 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants.