Britain has suffered more than any other country in Europe from the coronavirus, with more than 54,000 deaths from 1.4 million cases.
Coronavirus rules will be relaxed at Christmas across the United Kingdom as part of plans to allow people to celebrate with their families.
And some tiers will be strengthened to safeguard the progress made during lockdown.
Ministers will then set out what tier each area will be placed into on Thursday and MPs are expected to be given the vote to approve the new system in the days before it comes into force.
That's risky, because the previous three-tier system didn't work'. People are advised not to travel in or out of those areas.
Now all hospitality venues, including pubs, bars and comedy clubs in tier two will have to close unless they could operate as a restaurant, serving a "substantial meal" to customers.
"As we've learnt more, there's opportunities for us to look and refine things, and that is one of the things on our list".
People in England will also now be able to travel both within the country and overseas for holidays once again from 2 December, although they will remain subject to quarantine rules and local tiered restrictions.
Johnson will discuss the Covid Winter Plan in parliament on Monday.
Steve Baker, one of 70 lawmakers who have written to Johnson with their concerns, said they can't support the approach unless the government can show the restrictions planned for after December 2 will have an effect on decreasing COVID-19 transmission, "and will save more lives than they cost".
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "We know that for some, contact with friends and family is crucial during this time as isolation and loneliness can hit people especially hard over the Christmas period". "And with regard to Christmas, I think as frustrating as it is for all of us, Christmas is not going to be normal this year". "We couldn't have done it without you".
But Helen Dickinson of the British Retail Consortium said: "The Government's decision to keep all of retail open will help to preserve jobs and the economy and help keep Christmas a festive occasion for everyone".
Asked if an announcement could be made this week, he said: "We have a cabinet coming up this week".
Despite the profound impact of the coronavirus on Mr Sunak's spending review, he rejected a possible return to austerity measures on the economy. "There's absolutely no way in which anyone can say that's austerity".
What is expected at Christmas?
The plans emerged as the Government said a further 739 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Coivd-19 as of the weekend, bringing the United Kingdom total to 55,024.
In November, Mr Johnson's government imposed a four-week lockdown to stop the spread of the disease.
Some Premier League clubs could welcome a limited number of supporters back to stadiums after the lockdown in England ends next week.
Also on Monday, the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies is expected to publish research on Monday saying the previous tiered restrictions in England were not strong enough.