The Health Secretary spoke in parliament today about the Government's post-lockdown plans. Image credit: Yahoo News UK

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that the previous tier system may not be needed when the national lockdown ends, despite remaining high cases.

Speaking on the topic in Parliament today (February 2), Mr Hancock said: “That is our goal, that the whole country can make steady progress together, And in fact, if you look at the case rates across the UK, they are more similar in all parts of the UK that they have been for some time.

“Of course there were significant regional variations over the autumn, that is much less widespread now, hence the comments that the Prime Minister made yesterday.”

In Nottingham, this would mean the re-opening of pubs and restaurants, as well as non-essential shops, which were previously closed under Tier 4 restrictions.

The area was put in the highest tier on the December 31 last year, before joining the rest of the country in a national lockdown on January 5.

The plans for leaving lockdown are currently being discussed by the Government.