what are the new restrictions for ‘high’ alert areas?

The Government has introduced a “rule of three” tiered system in order to simplify local lockdowns in coronavirus hotspots.

To “simplify” the rules, Boris Johnson has ushered in a new model of “Local Covid Alert Levels” in England which will work as a traffic light system. Under the system there will be three tiers – medium, high and very high. 

In areas with particularly high levels of infection pubs, gyms and casinos could be forced to closed in order to stop the spread.

The Prime Minister said the new Covid alert levels were being introduced to “squash this virus wherever it appears”.

What are high level/tier two lockdown restrictions?

This is for areas with a higher level of infections. This means the following measures are in place:

  • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
  • The “Rule of Six” will continue to apply outdoors and in private gardens
  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

Tier 1 lockdown rules explained: what you can and can’t do in ‘medium risk alert areas

Tier 3 lockdown rules explained: what you can and can’t do in ‘medium risk alert areas

What areas are affected?

Use our interactive tool to see which tier your area falls under in England’s new system for local lockdowns

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