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December lockdown: what areas will be in tier 3?

December lockdown: what areas will be in tier 3?
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With the return of the 3-tier system following lockdown 2, many of us have waited with baited breath to see where the areas we live in would land. Let’s take a look at the areas that will move into tier 3 on 2 December 2020 and what will happen in other areas.

Which areas are in tier 3?

We were warned that the tier system would be tougher post-lockdown. And this definitely appears to be the case. More than 40% of us will be living under tier 3 restrictions. Here are the areas affected:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Birmingham and Black Country
  • Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • Leeds
  • Hull
  • City of Wolverhampton
  • Kent and Medway
  • South Yorkshire
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Darlington
  • Sunderland
  • South Tyneside
  • Gateshead
  • North Tyneside
  • County Durham
  • Northumberland
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • The Humber
  • West Yorkshire
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Slough
  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset

What are the tier 3 restrictions?

Tier 3 means that these areas are on very high alert. Here’s what the tier 3 restrictions look like:

  • You cannot mix with members of other households indoors or in most outdoor places apart from with people in your support bubble.
  • The ‘rule of six’ is in place. So you cannot socialise in a group of more than six in outdoor public areas.
  • Hospitality settings must remain closed. However, they can continue to provide takeaway, click and collect or delivery services.
  • Accommodation like hotels, campsites and B&Bs must remain closed.
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues will stay shut.
  • Leisure and sports facilities can open, but group exercise classes can’t take place.
  • Places of worship can open. However, you can only attend and mix with members of your household or support bubble.
  • Weddings and funerals can once again go ahead. Numbers will be limited at 15 guests for a wedding and 30 people for a funeral ceremony.
  • Outdoor sport and exercise classes can take place.
  • You should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK. This includes overnight stays that are not necessary for work, education, youth services or to receive medical treatment.

What tiers is everywhere else in?

So now we know the areas in tier 3, where does that leave everyone else? The simple answer is: in tier 2. Just three areas have been placed in tier 1: Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The general gist of this means that most of us will not be able to socialise indoors with anyone outside of our household or bubble. In hospitality venues, you will only be able to buy alcohol with a ‘substantial’ meal. And while you can use overnight accommodation, it can only be with people from your household or support bubble.

What support is there?

While lockdown has technically been lifted, there are understandably still quite a few restrictions in place. For more information on what the government is doing to support individuals and businesses during this time, check out the gov.uk website.

You could also visit our coronavirus resources hub. Here you will find articles on the Covid-19 vaccine and applying for the next SEISS grant.

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