What does being in Tier 2 mean for Christmas?

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MATT Hancock is gearing up to announce which parts of the UK will be placed under Tier 2 restrictions from December 3.

The ‘high level’ measures will be eased, however, over Christmas – here’s what you need to know.

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What are the rules for Tier 2 over Christmas?

Up to three households in Tier 2 will be able to meet inside over a period of five days over Christmas.

Social distancing and travel rules will be scrapped from December 23 to 27 -meaning families will be able to hug those in their bubble and stay overnight.

Cops won’t be expected to patrol to enforce the new rules – but will step in if people break them by hosting huge gatherings and hold parties.

What are the rules for Tier 2 for December?

The rules will be stricter for the rest of December as follows:

  • Households in Tier 2 are not allowed to mix indoors but can mix outdoors in groups of up to six
  • Pubs can stay open if they are able to serve a ‘substantial meal’ with drinks
  • Last orders will be given at 10pm but pubs can stay open until 11pm.
  • Schools, gyms and places of worship can remain open.
  • Live events can go ahead but will be limited to 50% of their capacity.

Can I go to the pub?

Yes. You can go to the pub if you live in a Tier 2 area.

You will be asked, however, to give your last orders at 10pm and all pubs must close by 11pm.

You must also order a ‘substantial meal’ with your pint.

Can I see my family?

Yes. You can see members of your family outside in groups of up to six if you live in a Tier 2 area.

You will not, however, be able to mix with family members from other households at home.




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