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Following the second nationwide lockdown in England a stricter three-tier system came into effect on 2nd December 2020. Rules and restrictions are summarised below. For more detailed information go to the government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

If the area you live in has been classified as TIER 1 (medium) this means:

  • Groups of six or less can meet indoors
  • Groups of six or less can meet outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants are only permitted to offer table service and must stop taking orders at 10pm and shut at 11pm
  • Overnight stays are permitted in groups of up to six people.

If the area you live in has been classified as TIER 2 (high) this means:

  • Indoor mixing banned with exception of those in a support bubble
  • Groups of six or less can meet outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants are only allowed to stay open if they serve “substantial” meals, must stop taking orders at 10pm and shut at 11pm
  • Overnight stays are permitted only with those in a support bubble.

If the area you live in has been classified as TIER 3 (very high) this means:

  • Indoor mixing banned with exception of those in a support bubble
  • Groups of six or less can meet outdoors but only in public spaces such as parks, public gardens and sports courts. Meeting in private gardens is banned.
  • Pubs and restaurants are only allowed to stay open for takeaway, drive-through or delivery
  • Overnight stays are banned.

How have the rules changed?

Unlike the previous tier system that was in place before the December 2020 lockdown, sporting venues, hairdressers, places of worship and non-essential shops are able to remain open in all tiers. Wedding ceremonies can also resume in all tiers although limited to a maximum of 15 guests. Wedding receptions however are banned in tier 3.

Large events in tiers 1 and 2 are allowed but limited to specified capacities. Large events in tier 3 are completely banned.

Support bubbles have also been extended. From 2 December, you can form a support bubble with another household, if at least one has:

  • only one adult; (including a household where any children are under the age of 18)
  • only one adult carer (ie living with any additional adult(s) in the household that have a disability and require continuous care)
  • a child under 1 (regardless of how many other adults are in the household)
  • a child under 5 with a disability that requires continuous care (regardless of how many other adults are in the household)

How do I find out which tier I’m in?

If you want to find out what tier your local area has been classified under there is a postcode search available on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions