What are the Tier 2 COVID lockdown rules – and which areas are included?
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Fewer areas of England will be under Tier 2 restrictions from Boxing Day.
On Wednesday, health secretary Matt Hancock announced a number of Tier 2 areas, mainly in the South West, would be moving to Tier 3.
Only Cornwall and Herefordshire, previously in Tier 1, will move into Tier 2.
It means about seven million people, or 13% of England’s population, will be in Tier 2 from Boxing Day.
Up until Sunday, Tier 2 was the second most severe on a scale of three. However, the government has introduced an even more restrictive Tier 4 in response to the “dangerous” spread of the new strain of coronavirus.
Below is a breakdown of the key Tier 2 rules, and the full list of areas in Tier 2...
Here are key guidelines people in Tier 2 areas must follow:
People are banned from indoor socialising with others they don’t live with. A number of exceptions, such as “support bubbles”, apply
People are allowed to meet in groups of up to six, including others they don’t live with
The majority of businesses are allowed to remain open, provided they are COVID secure
Pubs must close unless they can double as a restaurant. They can only serve alcohol if it comes with a substantial meal
Pubs and restaurants must close at 11pm, with last orders at 10pm
Other venues such as casinos, cinemas, theatres and museums must close at 11pm
Attendance at shows, performances or sporting events is allowed at whichever is lower out of a 50% capacity, or maximum 2,000 people outdoors and 1,000 indoors
People can attend places of worship but, while inside, are not allowed to socialise with others they don’t live with
Up to 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, with up to 30 at funerals
Organised sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue outdoors. Indoors, they are only permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with
For further information, here is the government’s full set of Tier 2 guidelines.
The following venues are allowed to open in Tiers 1, 2 and 3
Non-essential retail shops, as well as indoor and outdoor markets
Leisure centres, gyms, dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds
Close contact personal care shops such as barbers and hairdressers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons
Public buildings such as libraries and community centres
These are the areas of England in Tier 2 as of 26 December:
Liverpool City Region
Bath and North East Somerset
Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Devon, including Plymouth and Torbay
Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin
City of York and North Yorkshire
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