Tier 2 Covid restrictions: What are the rules and which areas will be affected?

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MOST of England is facing tough coronavirus restrictions under the new tier arrangements.

Curbs on pubs and restaurants, along with the ‘rule of 6‘ applies to Brits living under Tier 2 measures.

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With Christmas weeks away, what do the new Tier 2 rules mean for Brits?[/caption]

What is Tier 2 lockdown?

Tier 2 is for those areas placed under a ‘high alert’ says the government.

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

Under Tier 2 lockdown:

  • 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
  • People are banned from socialising in a group of more than six people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of six’
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate
  • Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants.
  • Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • Pubs and bars must provide table service only, close between 11pm and 5am and stop taking orders after 10pm
  • After 10pm hospitality businesses can sell food and drink via delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls must shut at 11pm


  • Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events, including sports and business events, is allowed – limited to whichever is lower: 50 per cent capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • Places of worship can stay open but you must not socialise with people from outside your household or support bubble while indoors
  • 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies
  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education or to receive medical treatment
  • You can travel through a Tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
  • Nighclubs remain closed
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People are urged to continue taking precautions ahead of Christmas[/caption]

Which areas in England are expected to go into Tier 2?

Most of England is expected to go into Tier 2, say reports.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will today set out the plans in the Commons, which will be confirmed this afternoon at Boris Johnson’s press conference.

But ministers have already warned that more areas will likely be in higher tiers compared to the regime before the lockdown.

Only a few of the least affected areas are expected to be placed in Tier 1, where restrictions are limited.

Large swathes of the country – including London – are expected to face Tier 2 restrictions.

This means a ban on households mixing indoors and pubs, and restaurants only able to sell alcohol with a “substantial meal”.

Merseyside’s leaders hope to move down from Tier 3 to Tier 2 in recognition of Liverpool’s efforts in tackling the virus.

Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram said: “The progress we’ve made since we were put in Tier 3 is remarkable – we’ve gone from having two areas with infection rates of about 750 per 100,000 to 180 across the city region.”

Meanwhile, Lancashire’s council leaders have submitted a proposal to the Government to divide the county into two different tiers.

A request has been made for Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, Pendle and Preston to go into Tier 3 restrictions while Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster, Chorley, South Ribble, Ribble Valley and West Lancashire would go into Tier 2.

Will there be a Tier 4?

Ministers have scrapped plans to bring in a tougher tier 4 for the worst-hit areas.

Instead, the government is due to strengthen the current three-tier system.

Can shops stay open?

Yes, under the new restrictions non-essential shops are staying open in Tier 2, allowing Brits to go shopping in the run up to Christmas.

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