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Watch: Matt Hancock outlines England’s return to three-tier COVID system
The government has announced which coronavirus tiers each area of England will be in after the national lockdown ends on 2 December – and most will be in the stricter Tiers 2 and 3.
Large swathes of the country face a ban on household mixing indoors, one of the key restrictions of the top two tiers.
Only three areas were placed in the least severe Tier 1, in which people can gather indoors in groups of up to six (see the full list at the bottom of this page).
As the government released a full list of tiers by area on Thursday, health secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons: “These decisions are not easy, but they are necessary.
“While all three tiers are less stringent than the national lockdown that we’re all living in now, to keep people safe and to keep the gains that are being made, more areas than before will be in the top two tiers.
“This is necessary to protect our NHS and keep the virus under control.”
The tiers will be reviewed on 16 December, but experts have warned the tough restrictions must continue ahead of the five-day UK-wide easing of measures over Christmas.
This map by Yahoo News UK shows which areas are in which tier...
...and here is the full list of tiers.
Which areas are in Tier 3?
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
Blackburn with Darwen
Yorkshire and The Humber
Birmingham and Black Country
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
Derby and Derbyshire
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Leicester and Leicestershire
Slough (remainder of Berkshire is Tier 2)
Kent and Medway
Which areas are in Tier 2?
Liverpool City Region
Warrington and Cheshire
Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin
East of England
Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
Essex, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea
Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
all 32 boroughs plus the City of London
Brighton and Hove
Windsor and Maidenhead
Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
Bath and North East Somerset
Wiltshire and Swindon
Which areas are in Tier 1?
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
Read more on the tiered restrictions:
Watch: How England's new three-tier COVID system will work