Great Britain

Tier 2 rules: What are the new restrictions for places under ‘high’ alert? OLD

During an appearance in the House of Commons via video link, the prime minister stated that while the second lockdown, which has banned households from mixing and forced the hospitality sector to close since 5 November, will come to an end, the government remains cautious about allowing people to return to more relaxed measures.

Subsequently, England will return to a regional approach similar to the one that was introduced in October, however restrictions will be tougher across all three tiers.  

“Without sensible precautions, we would risk the virus escalating into a winter or new year surge,” said Mr Johnson. “While the previous tiers did cut the R-number they were not quite enough to cut it below one.”

The government is expected to announce which areas fall under which tier on Thursday.  You can find out which alert level your area falls under using the postcode search available on the government website.  The NHS Covid 19 app will also be updated and show which local alert level applies in which area.

Here’s everything you need to know about what you can and cannot do in tier 2.

Can I see friends and family?

In tier 2, otherwise referred to as the “high” alert level, people must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

People are also not permitted to socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including in a garden or a public space.

Are pubs and restaurants allowed to open?

Pubs and bars in tier 2 must close, unless operating as restaurants, while hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.

Hospitality businesses that sell food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to provide table service only, stop taking orders at 10pm and close at 11pm.

However, any establishments selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

Can weddings and funerals take place?

In tier 2, wedding ceremonies and receptions can still go ahead but there must be no more than 15 guests.

Similarly, funerals can still take place with no more than 30 guests.

Places of worship remain open but people must not socialise with others from outside of their household or support bubble while they are indoors there.

Am I allowed to travel?

People in tier 2 areas can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.

If you are using public transport, be sure to wear a face covering.

Should I work from home?

People across all tiers that can work remotely are being advised to do so.

However, people who work in essential services, such as education, should continue to go into work where necessary.

Anyone else who cannot work from home is permitted to travel to their place of work.

You can read more about the three alert levels on the government website here.

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