Monday morning news briefing: How Covid tiers are changing

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Pubs and restaurants pay the price under tougher tiers

There will be winners – and losers. Pubs and restaurants will bear the brunt of a new Covid tier system so shops, cinemas and gyms can reopen under plans to be announced by Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister will set out proposals for a strengthened three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions to replace England’s national lockdown. Hospitality businesses in Tier 3 will only be allowed to offer takeaways, while those in Tier 2 will only be able to serve alcohol with "substantial meals". The measures – significantly tougher than previous ones – were described as "catastrophic" by pub chiefs. Meanwhile, families will be able to enjoy Christmas together across the whole of the UK after ministers agreed a plan that will allow up to four households to mix for five days. As Mr Johnson prepares to detail his winter strategy this afternoon (follow live), read our guide to what will change – and what will stay the same.

Oxford vaccine 70pc effective against Covid, data shows

A coronavirus vaccine developed in the UK can prevent 70.4pc of people from getting Covid-19, according to new data published this morning. AstraZeneca and Oxford University announced their jab is effective in preventing many people getting ill and it has been shown to work in different age groups, including the elderly. The UK has placed orders for 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine – enough to vaccinate most of the population – with rollout expected in the coming weeks if the jab is approved. Follow the latest.

‘No return to austerity’ with £2bn for public services

Rishi Sunak insisted there will be no "return to austerity" as he prepared to announce up to £2 billion to build new prisons and schools as well as recruit thousands of additional police officers. The Chancellor will confirm a number of multi-year settlements to deliver on Boris Johnson’s flagship manifesto pledges at Wednesday’s spending review, insisting that public services would remain "at the heart of our economic renewal". Read full details of all we know so far about what to expect.

Cambridges say farewell to Lupo, a faithful friend

Lupo, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s cocker spaniel and a regular in family photographs, has died. The couple made the announcement on Instagram yesterday, saying: "He has been at the heart of our family for the past nine years and we will miss him so much." View pictures from over the years. Meanwhile, the Queen’s favourite Christmas pudding recipe has been revealed – containing a surprising ingredient.

At a glance: More coronavirus headlines

  • Self-isolation | Plan to replace rules for Covid contacts with daily tests
  • Rebellion | PM told to prove rules ‘save more lives than they cost’
  • Travel | ‘Red list’ quarantine to be lifted in two weeks’ time
  • PPE | Government paying £1m a day to store mountain of kit
  • Theatre | Show must go on (Zoom), says Dame Judi Dench

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Brexit | Boris Johnson is preparing to make a significant intervention in the Brexit trade talks this week as negotiators begin the "final push" before a deadline in eight days’ time. Political Editor Gordon Rayner says the Prime Minister is expected to speak to Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, in an attempt to clear away the final barriers to a deal that both sides now believe is well within reach.  

  • Railways | Revealed: Renationalisation goes full steam ahead
  • Panorama | Bashir inquiry ‘must be widened’ after new claims
  • BBC | Give women a chance to win sports prize, says Judy Murray
  • Scrapbook surprise | New Constable sketches in family archive
  • Weekend TV | Strictly’s Caroline Quentin departs – talking points

Around the world: Trump demands Georgia recount

Undaunted by a Pennsylvania judge’s dismissal of a plea to discount millions of mail-in votes, the Trump campaign turned to another battleground state and demanded a second recount in Georgia. Read about the latest shot in a salvo of legal cases and view today’s gallery.

Donald Trump supporters outside the Georgia State Capitol, in Atlanta

Credit: Dustin Chambers / BLOOMBERG

Comment and analysis

  • Nick Timothy | We’ll be living with pandemic costs for decades
  • Ross Clark | Next phase of a ruinous cycle of illogical restrictions
  • Roger Bootle | The Covid phoney war shows no sign of ending
  • Jane Shilling | British Library emboldens cancel-culture absolutists
  • Reader letters | Green revolution is really a scheme to clear roads

In case you missed it: Highlights from the weekend

  • Exclusive | Two Covid tests a week could win ‘freedom passes’
  • Reader reaction | ‘Tiered lockdown will divide people further’
  • Home Office | Priti Patel shakes up antiquated work practices
  • Liam Halligan | Eyes on the prize in the Brexit endgame
  • The Crown | Widow condemns use of fatal Klosters ski disaster

You Are Not Alone: Getting you through lockdown

  • From creaky hips to depression | Why 50s are most painful age – and what to do about it
  • Why Nigella is right | Frozen food is fabulous – update your freezer with these tips
  • Dear Richard Madeley | ‘I’m worried my fiancé feels threatened by my colourful sexual past’
  • Business and money briefing

    Takeover | Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey is urged to step into deal talks between US private equity giant Cerberus and the Co-op Bank amid claims of the turnaround specialist’s "aggressive" behaviour. Lucy Burton explains how the self-styled ethical lender is being circled.  

    • Fantasy Fund Manager | Buy four trusts to help win £10k prize
    • Investment tip | You would not run your household this way
    • Alex cartoon | See our cartoonist’s latest work on world of finance

    Sport briefing

    Liverpool 3 Leicester 0 | Records tumbled as Liverpool’s win over Leicester set a new 64-match unbeaten home league milestone, with Diogo Jota also writing his name into the club’s history books. Read Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt‘s match report from Anfield.  

    • Nationwide reprieve | Grass-roots sports given green light
    • Heading | PFA vows to act on football’s dementia crisis
    • Rugby | Why England have Liverpool FC to thank

    Tonight’s dinner

    Lamb and pumpkin salad with mint and chilli | This satisfying dish by Angela Hartnett plays with sweet and sour flavours. View the recipe. For more ideas, try our Cookbook newsletter.

    And finally… for this morning’s downtime

    The inside story | Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes had an insatiable appetite for aviation. Tracey Llewellyn explores how the aeronautical exploits of the oddball inspired watchmaker Longines.

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