Govt’s three-tier coronavirus plan explained – everything you can and can’t do

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Boris Johnson has officially announced plans for a three-tier lockdown system in England – so what are the new restrictions?

The Prime Minister said that each region in England will be categorised as being under either medium, high or very high risk.

The alert level will depend on the level of Covid-19 infection rates in any given area which will have specific restrictions as a result.

Boris said on Monday that he "took no pleasure whatsoever" in bringing in tougher rules on but the Government had "to act to save lives".

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The new measures are a response to soaring cases of infection across the UK but particularly in the North of England.

According to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, there has been a "marked pick-up" in cases since early September – with another wave of coronavirus related deaths expected as a result in the coming weeks.

The latest figures show how rates of infection has been spread quickly among younger people who have been passing it onto older age groups in the North West and the North East.

Over the weekend Boris' team shared the plan with local leaders who have openly criticised the Government for not being consulted more in drawing it up.

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Rules for Tier 1 – 'medium'

Social contact: Existing 'rule of six' limits on social gatherings remain – indoors and outdoors. You are still required to obey rules on wearing masks and social distancing.

Pubs and restaurants: Hospitality venues have a 10pm curfew and table service only.

Schools, universities and childcare: Remain open in all circumstances, but universities must reflect wider restrictions in the area.

Travel and transport: There are no restrictions on travel.

Work: The advice is to work from home if you can.

Weddings and funerals: 15 guests can attend marriage ceremonies and receptions. Funerals can have up to 30 mourners, with only 15 people allowed at the wake.

Shops: All retail – including non-essential shops – can stay open.

Gyms, hairdressers, public facilities: These can stay open.

Sports: Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided rule of six is observed

Length of time: Regulations apply to the whole of England and expire after six months, with a 28-day review of the rules.

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Rules for Tier 2 – 'high'

Social contact: You cannot meet anyone outside your household or support bubble indoors. This applies at home or in a public setting. Rule of six limits apply outdoors.

Pubs and restaurants: Hospitality venues have a 10pm curfew and table service only.

Schools, universities and childcare: Remain open in all circumstances, but universities can do more online learning.

Travel and transport: There are no restrictions on travel but you are advised to minimise the number of journeys you make.

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Work: The advice is to work from home if you can.

Weddings and funerals: 15 guests can attend marriage ceremonies and receptions. Funerals can have up to 30 mourners, with only 15 people allowed at the wake.

Shops: All retail – including non-essential shops – can stay open.

Gyms, hairdressers, public facilities: These can stay open.

Sports: Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided rule of six is observed

Length of time: Areas will be reviewed every 14 days, the regulations will be reviewed every 28 days and expire after 6 months




Rules for Tier 3 – 'very high'

Social contact: You cannot meet anyone outside your household or support bubble indoors. Strict rules also ban any meet-ups in private gardens, beer gardens, hospitality or ticketed venues. You will only be able to see people not in your household or bubble if it is in a public open space, such as a park, forest, beach – and in groups of no more than six.

Pubs and restaurants: All bars must close unless they serve food. You can only buy alcohol if you are also consuming a "substantial meal" – not a bar snack.

Schools, universities and childcare: These will remain open in all circumstances, but universities can do more online learning.

Travel and transport: You should limit any journeys made outside your local area – except for work and school run journeys. This is guidance, rather than the law. People are advised against overnight stays outside the area or having visitors to stay from elsewhere.

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Work: The advice is to work from home if you can.

Weddings and funerals: 15 guests can attend marriage ceremonies but receptions are banned. Funerals can have up to 30 mourners, with only 15 people allowed at the wake.

Shops: All retail – including non-essential shops – can stay open.

Gyms, hairdressers, public facilities: Local areas can negotiate whether to close facilities including casinos and gyms, such as they have in the Liverpool City Region.

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Sports: Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided rule of six is observed

Length of time: Regulations will be reviewed every 28 days and expire after 6 months.

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