Great Britain

Are coffee shops open in tier 3 from Wednesday?

On Wednesday 2 December, the second nationwide lockdown for England will lift and the country will return to a stricter three-tier system.

Last week Matt Hancock announced which areas would be placed in which tiers last week and revealed that the majority of areas will fall under either tier 2 or 3.

While the system resembles that which was imposed in October, Boris Johnson has said that this time around, the restrictions in each tier will be stricter in order to combat the rising number of coronavirus infections because the previous tiers “weren’t quite enough”.

“Without sensible precautions, we would risk the virus escalating into a winter or new year surge,” said the prime minister in a speech delivered to the House of Commons.

“We’re going to go back instead to a regional tier approach, applying the toughest measures where Covid is most prevalent.”

But what does this mean for those living in areas placed under the strictest tier? Will coffee shops and cafes stay open? Here’s everything you need to know.

Will coffee shops stay open in tier 3?

Areas placed in tier 3 (very high alert) are permitted to keep non-essential shops open.

However, all hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs must close except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect services. 

This includes coffee shops and restaurants and bars within hotels or member’s clubs. 

However, under the rules, you will be permitted to purchase a takeaway coffee.

What are the exemptions for coffee shops in tier 3?

There are some exemptions to the rules for coffee shops and canteens in tier 3.

For example, cafes in care homes and hospitals are permitted to stay open.

Additionally, cafes and canteens in schools, workplaces, and higher education accomodation may remain open.

Services providing food or drink to those experiencing homelessness can also remain open.

Which tier am I in?

You can find out which tier your area falls under via the postcode checker on the government’s website.

Additionally, the NHS Covid 19 app will show which local alert level applies in which area.

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