It brings back echoes of his speeches in autumn last year, as seen in the video above.
The new 32-page document published this afternoon sets out a “Plan A” for managing the virus over the next seven months.
It also sets out a “Plan B” blueprint if Covid threatens to overwhelm the health service, including the possibility of legally mandating the wearing of masks, introducing vaccine passports at a range of indoor venues and asking people to work from home once again.
For many, those measures would represent an infringement on freedoms that the Prime Minister alluded to on 22 Sept 2020 when he said: “Of course I’m deeply, spiritually, reluctant to make any of these impositions or infringe anyone’s freedom.” 
Beyond the outlined contingency plans, the document released on Tuesday signalled that a fourth lockdown remains a possibility.
There are many similarities in the language used last year. “The whole point [of new measures] is to avoid a second national lockdown,” the Prime Minister said on Sept 9 2020.
Just over a week later, he said: “The crucial thing is to observe the basic rules on social distancing – hands, face and space.” 
On Tuesday he said: “Wash your hands, use ventilation, consider wearing a face covering in crowded places.”
On 4 November last year he pledged that the autumn measures to combat the surge “will expire automatically on December 2” – but he later imposed rules restricting the amount of people who could meet for Christmas.
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