Boris Johnson announcement: When is the PM's speech on new lockdown areas today?

BORIS Johnson will update the country on local lockdown restrictions this afternoon (October 16).

The PM is expected to announce that Lancashire and the North East will be placed under Tier 3 measures.

When is Boris Johnson's announcement today?

It's expected that Boris Johnson will address the country this afternoon.

The exact time of the speech remains unknown and it's unlikely that the Prime Minister will address MPs in the House of Commons.

It's not yet known who will join the PM when he speaks to the nation.He could appear on his own as he did when he plunged the country into lockdown on March 23.

In his address on October 12, Mr Johnson was flanked by England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Boris could be joined by Prof Whitty and the Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance if the format of the address is similar to a Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

What is Boris Johnson going to announce?

Boris Johnson could plunge Lancashire and the North East of England into Tier 3 lockdown restrictions.

The new measures would see pubs close and prevent households from mixing even in gardens.

It's not yet known if Greater Manchester will be moved into Tier 3. The PM is reportedly facing a Tory rebellion over the government's lockdown plans in the north of England.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned this morning that Manchester will be forced into a Tier 3 lockdown as a "last resort" if local leaders refuse to agree a deal for more restrictions today.

Mr Raab accused Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham of trying to hold the Government "over a barrel" and said they'll keep powers to push Northern hotspots into lockdown "in reserve".

Yesterday, Mr Burnham refused to support tougher lockdown measures for the city unless 80 per cent of wages are paid for businesses forced to shut.

The Labour mayor accused the government of treating the North "with contempt" by bringing in unproven measures, carried out "on the cheap".

How can I watch Boris Johnson's speech?

You can watch Boris Johnson's speech to the nation on television.

You can watch the address via the BBC News channel, BBC iPlayer or BBC Parliament.

The Sun Online will be providing live reaction.

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