The plan sets out four alert levels – from low-risk alert level one to alert level four:
• Alert level one/low-risk – this represents the closest to normality we are likely to have before the summer and the widespread availability and take-up of vaccination.
• Alert level two/medium-risk – additional, targeted controls are in place to maintain infection rates at lower levels. These may be complemented by more targeted local restrictions to manage hotspots or specific incidents and outbreaks.
• Alert level three/high-risk – these are the strictest package of restrictions, short of a firebreak or lockdown.
• Alert level four/very high risk – restrictions at this level are equivalent to a lockdown and reflect the seriousness of the situation.
We are currently at alert level three.