This is everything you can and cannot do in Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 - rules explained in full

By Sarah Wilson
Thursday, 26th November 2020, 11:36 am
Updated Thursday, 26th November 2020, 12:13 pm

After the end of lockdown on December 2, England will revert back to a regional three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions.

The new system will be divided into Tier 1 (medium alert), Tier 2 (high alert) and Tier 3 (ver high alert), although the rules will be stricter than they were previously in a bid to avoid undoing the progress that has been made over the four week national lockdown.

Here are all of the rules on what you can and cannot do for each tier.

Tier 1

How many people can meet?

Areas in Tier 1 will be able to return to the previous "rule of six" on social interactions, meaning people can meet a maximum of six friends or family (including themselves) outdoors or indoors.

Overnight stays are permitted with up to six people, or with your household or support bubble.

What businesses can open?

Shops, hairdressers, beauty salons and other personal care businesses will reopen, along with indoor entertainment venues such as bowling alleys and casinos. Social distancing and hygiene measures will continue to apply.

Pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues will also reopen with table service, although a new curfew of 11pm will apply. Last orders will remain at 10pm, but drinkers and diners will have an extra hour to finish up.

Is travel allowed?

The "stay at home" message will be lifted, but areas in Tier 1 are encouraged to minimise their travel and social contact, as well as being encouraged to work from home.

What about sports and events?

Weddings and civil partnerships can take place with 15 guests, while funerals have a limit of 30 people.

Places of worship will reopen, but people should not interact with more than six people.

Sports and exercise classes can take place outdoors, but must follow the rule of six if taking place indoors.

Large events, such as concerts, can go ahead, although capacity will be limited to 50 per cent or 4,000 people outdoors and 1,000 people indoors.

Tier 2

How many people can meet?

No household mixing is permitted indoors, with the exception of those who have formed a support bubble.

Outdoors, a maximum of six people gathering is allowed.

Which businesses can open?

Pubs and bars can only reopen providing they serve "substantial meals" and must close at 11pm, with last orders at 10.

Shops, hairdressers and leisure facilities, such as gyms, can reopen.

Is travel allowed?

As in Tier 1, people are encouraged to reduce their movements and should avoid travelling into Tier 3 areas for all but essential purposes.

Holiday accommodation can open, but overnight stays are only permitted with your own household or support bubble.

What about sports and events?

At weddings, 15 guests will be allowed to attend, with the number rising to 30 for funerals.

Outdoor sport can take place, but are not allowed indoors if it involves household mixing.

Places of worship can reopen, but there must be no mixing between people who are not from the same household or support bubble.

Large events will be allowed to take place, but are limited to 50 per cent capacity or 2,000 people outdoors and 1,000 people indoors.

Tier 3

How many people can meet?

No household mixing indoors is permitted, but groups of up to six can meet outdoors in a public space, such as a parks and sports courts - but not in private gardens.

What businesses can open?

Hospitality venues including pubs and restaurants must remain closed, but takeaway service only is permitted.

Indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres and bowling alleys, will also stay closed.

Is travel allowed?

Travel outside of the area is advised against, unless it is for essential purposes.

Holiday accommodation must also close and overnight stays outside of the local area is not permitted.

Wedding receptions are banned in Tier 3 areas, but wedding ceremonies can go ahead with 15 guests. Funerals will allow up to 30 guests only.

Places of worship can open, but, as in Tier 2, mixing with people not in your household or support bubble is not allowed.

What about sports and events?

Large events are banned from taking place, but drive-in events will be permitted.

Organised sports and exercise can take place outdoors, although people are advised to avoid higher-risk contact activity.