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UK Government Announces New Tiers In England After National Lockdown Ends

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UK Government Announces New Tiers In England After National Lockdown Ends

The UK government has announced which tiers cities across England will fall back into following the end of the second national lockdown.

On 2 December, the country is set to come out of current restrictions, with different parts of the country being placed in one of three possible tiers.

Greater Manchester has been placed back into Tier Three, along with Hull, Newcastle, Birmingham, and Wolverhampton.

While London and Liverpool have escaped the tightest restrictions, with both cities going into Tier Two.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the House of Commons today (26 November) to explain what each of the tiers will mean.

Confirming that the national restrictions would not be reintroduced, he said it was 'vital to not undo' the hard work and sacrifices made up until now.

He told the House that the measures will be reassessed in two weeks.

Tier One :

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  • 'Rule of Six' applies indoors and outdoors
  • Bars and restaurants can stay open but only for table service - no orders after 10pm
  • Places of worship remain open
  • Early closure (11pm) for casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities and bingo halls
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50 percent capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events

Tier Two:

  • 'Rule of Six' applies indoors and outdoors
  • You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • Bars and restaurants can stay open but only for table service - no orders after 10pm and must be closed between 11pm and 5am
  • Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
  • Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50 percent capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings

Tier Three:

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  • 'Rule of Six' applies indoors and outdoors
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are close but are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, but wedding receptions are not allowed. Thirty people can attend funeral ceremonies and 15 people can attend commemorative events
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close - with some exceptions
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close, including - indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres, laser quests and escape rooms, cinemas, theatres and concert halls, and snooker halls
  • Leisure and sports facilities can stay open, but group classes are prohibited
The Health Secretary explained the new tiered system following the second national lockdown. Credit: PA
The Health Secretary explained the new tiered system following the second national lockdown. Credit: PA

Tier 1: Medium alert

South East

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  • Isle of Wight

South West

  • Cornwall
  • Isles of Scilly

Tier 2: High alert

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North West

  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Warrington and Cheshire

Yorkshire

  • York
  • North Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

East Midlands

  • Rutland
  • Northamptonshire

East of England

  • Suffolk
  • Hertfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
  • Norfolk
  • Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
  • Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

London

  • all 32 boroughs plus the City of London

South East

  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Surrey
  • Reading
  • Wokingham
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • West Berkshire
  • Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire

South West

  • South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Dorset
  • Bournemouth
  • Christchurch
  • Poole
  • Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire and Swindon
  • Devon

Tier 3: Very High alert

North East

  • 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

North West

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire and The Humber

  • The Humber
  • West Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Birmingham and Black Country
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

East Midlands

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire

South East

  • Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
  • Kent and Medway

South West

  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Science, Politics, Health

Dominic Smithers
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