The government has introduced a new tier system which is designed to try and prevent a second national lockdown.
Tier 1 represents a “medium” risk, tier 2 is “high” and tier 3 is “very high.” If coronavirus levels get out of control in parts of England, then the government could impose higher measures such as “stay at home” across regions that are highly affected, or impose a second national lockdown.
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that London will enter into a “tier 2 lockdown from one-minute past midnight on Saturday morning, Saturday 17 October.”
Also, Essex and Elmbridge will move into tier 2, and warned that cases have doubled in less than a fortnight in Barrow and Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield therefore these areas will also enter into tier 2.
Tier 1 – “Medium”
- Gatherings of more than six people banned, apart from some settings such as funerals and weddings
- 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants
Tier 2 – “High”
- Mixing of households indoors not allowed
- Rule of six applies to private gardens and outdoor spaces along with social distancing rules also
- Pubs and restaurants remain open, but no mixing of households inside and 10pm curfew remains in place
Tier 3 – “Very high”
- No mixing of households indoors and outdoors, including in private gardens
- Non-essential shops, schools and universities will remain open, although some universities are teaching online
- Pubs and bars are ordered to close
- However, restaurants, and pubs that can operate as restaurants, will be allowed to stay open
- Wedding receptions are banned
- Local MPs will decide if gyms, betting shops, casinos, hairdressers and beauty salons should remain open or close
- Avoid all non-essential travel
- People are advised not to travel outside their area, although this is not law
- You are not allowed to stay overnight in another part of the UK if resident in a Tier 3 area
- People should avoid staying overnight in a Tier 3 area
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