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Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

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Post by Kitkat Sun Nov 29 2020, 19:33

Northern Ireland has begun a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown.
Meanwhile, people in England have been told which tier they will be living in when their own lockdown finishes. Scotland and Wales have their own rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Across the UK, some restrictions will be relaxed over Christmas , to allow three households to form a "Christmas bubble".

What will England's new lockdown rules be?

England's current lockdown will end just after midnight on Wednesday 2 December. After that, regions will be placed in one of three tiers: medium, high and very high.
The vast majority of England will be placed into high and very high - tiers two and three.

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Areas in tier two

  • North West: Cumbria; Liverpool City Region; Warrington and Cheshire
  • Yorkshire: York; North Yorkshire
  • West Midlands: Worcestershire; Herefordshire; Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
  • East Midlands: Rutland; Northamptonshire
  • East of England: Suffolk; Hertfordshire; Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough); Norfolk; Essex; Thurrock and Southend on Sea; Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
  • London: All 32 boroughs plus the City of London
  • South East: East Sussex; West Sussex; Brighton and Hove; Surrey; Reading; Wokingham; Bracknell Forest; Windsor and Maidenhead; West Berkshire; Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton; Buckinghamshire; Oxfordshire
  • South West: South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor; Bath and North East Somerset; Dorset; Bournemouth; Christchurch; Poole; Gloucestershire; Wiltshire and Swindon; Devon

Tier two (high) rules

  • In tier two you can't socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble
  • You can meet in a group of up to six outside - including in a garden, or a public place
  • Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen (if Covid-secure)
  • Pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals. Alcohol can be served with that meal
  • Pubs and restaurants must shut at 23:00 GMT, with last orders at 22:00 GMT
  • Sports can resume with up to 2,000 spectators, or 50% capacity (whichever is smaller)
  • Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume (with restrictions)
  • Non-essential foreign travel allowed, subject to quarantine rules
  • People are advised not to travel to and from tier three areas


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Areas in tier three

  • North East: Tees Valley Combined Authority (Hartlepool; Middlesbrough; Stockton-on-Tees; Redcar and Cleveland; Darlington); North East Combined Authority (Sunderland; South Tyneside; Gateshead; Newcastle upon Tyne; North Tyneside; County Durham; Northumberland)
  • North West: Greater Manchester; Lancashire; Blackpool; Blackburn with Darwen
  • Yorkshire and The Humber: The Humber; West Yorkshire; South Yorkshire
  • West Midlands: Birmingham and Black Country; Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent; Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
  • East Midlands: Derby and Derbyshire; Nottingham and Nottinghamshire; Leicester and Leicestershire; Lincolnshire
  • South East: Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert); Kent and Medway
  • South West: Bristol; South Gloucestershire; North Somerset

Tier three (very high) rules
Additional restrictions apply:

  • You can't mix with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, indoors, or in private gardens and pub gardens
  • You can meet in a group of up to six in other outdoor spaces, such as parks, beaches or countryside
  • Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen (if Covid-secure)
  • Hospitality venues - such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must stay closed, except for delivery and takeaway services
  • Spectator sports cannot resume
  • Indoor entertainment venues - such as bowling alleys and cinemas - must stay closed
  • People are advised not to travel to and from tier three areas


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Areas in tier one
Only three areas have been placed in the lowest tier:

  • South East: Isle of Wight
  • South West: Cornwall; Isles of Scilly

Tier one (medium) rules
Areas in the lowest tier will have some restrictions relaxed:

  • The rule of six will apply indoors and outdoors
  • Spectator sports can resume with a crowd of 50% of capacity, or 4,000 spectators, whichever is smaller

There are exceptions in all tiers for childcare and support bubbles. More details of the plan are here .

How were the tiers decided?

The new coronavirus tier restrictions will mean 55 million people will be banned from mixing with other households indoors. The decision about which tier to place an area in is based on:

  • Total number of Covid cases in an area
  • The number of cases in the over 60s
  • The rate at which cases are rising or falling
  • The proportion of test results coming back positive
  • Pressure on the NHS

The tiers areas are in will be reviewed every 14 days, starting 16 December.
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What are England's current lockdown rules?


  • You should stay at home - except for essential reasons such as work or healthcare - and not socialise with friends indoors or in private gardens
  • You can meet one person from outside your household in an outdoor public space

Going to work or school

  • Schools, nurseries, colleges and universities remain open
  • Childminders and nannies can provide childcare, including in people's homes
  • Workplaces can stay open if people cannot work from home

Exercise

  • You can take unlimited exercise outdoors with your household, support bubble, or with one other person
  • Outdoor playgrounds remain open but leisure and most other facilities are closed
  • Elite sport can continue, but not grassroots team sports

Shops, pubs and other venues

  • Pubs and restaurants must close (takeaways/deliveries can continue)
  • Non-essential shops must close (click-and-collect/deliveries can continue), along with personal care services, including hairdressers
  • Supermarkets, food shops, off-licences, petrol stations and pharmacies can remain open, along with a few other shops such as garden centres and bike shops
  • Medical services can continue, including dentist and optician appointments

Worship, weddings and funerals

  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are not allowed, apart from in exceptional circumstances
  • Only 30 people can attend a funeral, and linked ceremonial events can also continue with up to 15 people
  • Places of worship will otherwise only be open to allow individual prayer or services to be broadcast congregations

What are Northern Ireland's current rules?

Northern Ireland started a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown from 00:01 GMT on Friday 27 November.

  • Households cannot mix indoors in private homes, except for exemptions including bubbles and childcare
  • You can form a support bubble of any size with one other household
  • You can't stay overnight in someone else's home, unless you bubble with them
  • Non-essential shops must close
  • Cafes, coffee shops, pubs, bars and restaurants are shut, except for takeaways and deliveries, which must stop by 23:00
  • All sports and leisure facilities must close
  • All places of worship must close except for weddings and funerals (limited to 25 people), or to broadcast an act of worship
  • Schools remain open

Read Northern Ireland's official guidance.

How does Scotland's new five-tier system work?

Each area of Scotland has been placed in one of five tiers .
Eleven local authority areas in west and central Scotland have recently moved from level three to level four , affecting two million people.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs the level four measures would be lifted at 18:00 GMT on Friday 11 December.

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Areas in level zero
No areas have been placed in the lowest tier.
Level zero (nearly normal) rules

  • Indoor meetings are allowed with up to eight people from three households
  • Up to 15 people from five households can meet outdoors


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Areas in level one

  • Highland, Moray, Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles

Level one (medium) rules
Additional restrictions apply:

  • In Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, up to six people from two households can meet inside their homes. This is not allowed in Highlands or Moray.
  • People in all areas can meet up to seven other people outdoors, from a maximum of three households


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Areas in level two

  • Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, East Lothian

Level two (high) rules
Additional restrictions apply:

  • No gatherings inside people's homes
  • Up to six people from two households can meet outdoors or at a pub or restaurant
  • Most hospitality venues can open
  • Alcohol can be served indoors with a meal until 20:00 and outdoors until 22:30
  • Most leisure and entertainment premises are closed except gyms, cinemas, bingo halls and amusement arcades


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Areas in level three

  • Inverclyde, Angus, Perth & Kinross, Fife, North Ayrshire, City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Dundee, Midlothian

Level three (very high) rules
Additional restrictions apply:

  • Pubs and restaurants can open until 18:00, but alcohol cannot be served
  • Leisure and entertainment venues are closed
  • Non-essential travel in or out of the area not allowed
  • Indoor exercise, including gyms, restricted to individuals and not groups


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Areas in level four

  • Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, Stirling, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, West Lothian

Level four (lockdown) rules
Additional restrictions apply:

  • Non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants, and gyms close
  • Libraries and hairdressers also close

Schools stay open in all levels, and here must also be no non-essential travel between Scotland the rest of the UK.


What are the rules in Wales?

Lockdown restrictions in Wales were eased on 9 November.
The current rules say:

  • Two households can form a bubble and will be able to meet in their own homes
  • Up to 15 people can meet for organised activities indoors, rising to 30 outdoors
  • All businesses required to close during the lockdown can reopen
  • Travel throughout Wales is permitted, but people can only go to England for essential purposes, such as work

People who you don't live with still cannot come into your home socially, unless you are in an extended household (bubble) with them. Tradespeople can enter your home to carry out work.
Pubs, restaurants and bars will face some new restrictions from Friday 4 December in the run-up to Christmas.
The details have not been finalised, but they may be based on the system in parts of Scotland where alcohol cannot be served.
Cinemas, bowling alleys and indoor entertainment venues will also have to close before the festive break.
Read Wales' official guidance .

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