Based on the lower infection levels in Suffolk, Mr Hunt said: "I'm hoping we'll be in Tier 1".
"We are not going to replace national measures with a free-for-all", Johnson said, confirming that the new tiered system would be tougher than that seen in England before the national lockdown.
The Prime Minister was unable on Monday to confirm details of how people across the United Kingdom would be able to spend the festive period.
Secondly, the government will commit to giving all regions in England put in tier 3 access to mass-community testing, after the successful trial of rapid lateral flow tests in Liverpool.
While Johnson's plans have to be confirmed through a vote in the House of Commons. The new system will go into effect even as positive news about multiple vaccines comes to light, including one from Oxford-AstraZeneca that is up to 90% effective.
But in the "high alert" Tier 2, pubs and bars must close unless they are operating as restaurants and can only serve alcoholic drinks with substantive meals.
And then stadiums in areas placed in tier 3 will have to continue to hold events behind closed doors.
Setting out other measures that will be eased as the lockdown lifts, Mr Johnson said: "From next Wednesday people will be able to leave their home for any objective and meet others in outdoor public spaces, subject to the rule of six, collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, and shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen".
· The 10 p.m. curfew is scrapped, with last orders in pubs remaining at that time, but with customers given one hour of "drinking-up" time.
"We know in our hearts that next year we will succeed".
"We all want some kind of Christmas, we need it", he said.
"What we don't want is to throw caution to the wind and allow the virus to flare up again", he added.
Up to 4,000 people can return to outdoor sports stadiums in parts of England classified as at low risk from coronavirus from December 2, the government said, permitting the resumption of attendance at football, rugby and racecourses among other sports. However, he said that the virus "will not have a Christmas truce" and urged families to think carefully about the risks of exposing elderly relatives to extra risk.
Mr Johnson said "the scientific cavalry is now in sight", and breakthroughs in mass testing and vaccines should eliminate the need for lockdowns by the spring.
In response, opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said a return to the three-tier system was "risky". However, he confirmed that the new tiers will be set out later this week, most likely on Thursday.
A spokesman for the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce said: "The Prime Minister's announcement will come as welcome news to businesses in Suffolk who now have some time to prepare and reopen from next week, and operate in the build up to Christmas".
"Sadly, for many staff, it will be a Christmas out of work".
There will be no fluctuation in rules for tier three areas as had been the case in the former tier system.
At the weekend, the Westminster government said plans were being made to allow limited household mixing for several days over the Christmas period.