London and Liverpool will be placed in Tier 2 under the government’s new coronavirus restrictions, Boris Johnson is expected to announce.

The decision will save the cities from the toughest Tier 3 restrictions, which would see the hospitality industry close across the capital during the festive period.

Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, and Newcastle will be slammed with the "very high" alert, along with Kent, which is the only county in the south-east plunged into Tier 3.

Under Tier 3, hospitality venues will have to close, as well as hotels and other accommodation providers, expect for specific work purposes.

Outdoor sports will be allowed to continue, but unlike the first two tiers, spectators will not be allowed to watch sport in Tier 3.

Manchester, Birmingham Leeds, and Newcastle will be slammed with the "very high" alert

Tier 1

The Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are the only areas in the Tier 1 lower alert level, which means those who can work from home should do so.

Tier 2

Much of the country has been plunged into Tier 2, including Cumbria, Liverpool City Region, Warrington and Cheshire, Yorkshire, York, North Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, Rutland and Northamptonshire.

Suffolk

Hertfordshire

Cambridgeshire including Peterborough

Norfolk

Essex

Thurrock and Southend on Sea

Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

London

East Sussex

Brighton and Hove

Surrey

Reading

Wokingham

Bracknell Forest

Windsor and Maidenhead

West Berkshire

Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight)

Portsmouth and Southampton

Buckinghamshire

Oxfordshire

South Somerset

Somerset West and Taunton

Mendip and Sedgemoor

Bath and North East Somerset

Dorset

Bournemouth

Christchurch

Poole

Gloucestershire

Wiltshire and Swindon

Devon

Matt Hancock announced the regional Tier on November 26

Tier 3

In Tier 3, big cities such as Greater Manchester, Blackpool and Bristol made the cut as well as Kent and Medway, Slough, Nottinghamshire and Hartlepool.

Middlesbrough

Stockton-on-Tees

Redcar and Cleveland

Darlington, Sunderland

South Tyneside, Gateshead

Newcastle upon Tyne

North Tyneside

County Durham

Northumberland

Greater Manchester

Lancashire

Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire

Birmingham and Black Country

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Warwickshire

Coventry and Solihull

Derby and Derbyshire

Leicester and Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Slough

Kent and Medway

Bristol

South Gloucestershire

North Somerset

The restrictions will not affect Christmas celebrations as concessions will be made for a five-day period

After the announcement, which crashed the Government's website, Matt Hancock said: "Thanks to the shared sacrifice of everyone in recent weeks, in following the national restrictions, we have been able to start to bring the virus back under control and slow its growth, easing some of the pressure on the NHS.

"Cases are down by 19% from a week ago and daily hospital admissions have fallen 7% in the last week.

"January and February are always difficult months for the NHS so it is vital we safeguard the gains we made.

It comes after Boris Johnson warned most areas "at least temporarily" will be in the top two tiers as England goes into Christmas.

Boris Johnson warned most areas "at least temporarily" will be in the top two tiers as England goes into Christmas

The decisions were made based on the recommendations to Ministers from regional and national public health experts.

Unlike the previous Tier system, there will be no room for negotiations with local council leaders - the rules will be blanket.

Experts have hinted that England will face restrictions until Spring 2021 amid the rollout of potential vaccines from December.

However, the tiers will be monitored and potentially changed, with the first review set to take place on December 16 - meaning those in the toughest tier could move down, or vice versa, depending on infection rates.

Areas placed in Tier 3 will be given extra support and receive rapid turnaround tests to help bring down infections and reduce restrictions.