What do the different Covid-19 tiers mean?

What do the different Covid-19 tiers mean

This article was written by the Great British Mag team on 23 December 2020.

In response to Covid-19 the UK government has introduced a 4 tier system and a measures for a national lockdown that imposes restrictions depending on the number of infections in different parts of the UK.

Below we have summarised the restrictions for each tier. To find out what tier applies to you check the UK Gov website.

Tier

Level

Restrictions

Tier 1

Medium

You can see up to six people outside your household indoors and outdoors, but you should observe social distancing.

You should wear a facemask when using public transport or going into shops and you should not travel into Tiers, 3 or 4.

All shops will be open but pubs, cafes, restaurants and other leisure venues must close by 11pm. and take last orders by 10pm. 

Businesses such as hair & beauty salons, gyms, pools, and leisure facilities can open.

On 25 December households can form a ‘Christmas bubble’ with up to two other households for one day.

Tier 2 

High

You can see up to six people from different households outside but you can only meet inside with those in your household or support bubble.

You should maintain social distancing from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Only essentials journeys should be made and you must wear a facemask on public transport and when going into shops, and avoid travelling to Tier 2 and 3.

All shops and businesses such as hair & beauty salons, gyms, pools and leisure facilities can open.

Pubs and bars that serve food and restaurants that provide table service can open but can only serve up to six people from the same household or support bubble, and must close by 11pm and take last orders by 10pm. 

On 25 December each household can form a ‘Christmas bubble’ with up to two other households

Tier 3 

Very high 

You cannot invite people you don’t live with into your home or garden unless they are in your support bubble. And you can meet with up to 6 people in outdoor places, such as parks. 

Journeys should be minimised, but you can still travel to go to the shops, works and hospitality venues that are open. You must use a facemask on public transport, and you should avoid travelling to any other tier.

All shops can open but all leisure and hospitality venues are closed.

Businesses such as cafes and restaurants can remain open for takeaway, drive through and delivery services.  And businesses such as hair & beauty salons, gyms, pools, and leisure facilities can open.

On 25 December a household can form a ‘Christmas bubble’ with up to two other households.

Tier 4

Stay at home 

Stay at home as much as possible, do not invite anyone into your home that isn’t in your support bubble and maintain social distancing from anyone not in your household or support bubble, although you can meet one other person in outdoor places, such as parks.

You must wear a facemask when using public transport or going into shops, and you cannot travel outside your area or overseas.

Non-essential shops will be closed. Essential shops such as supermarkets will remain open

Hospitality and leisure, such as hotels, gyms and restaurants, are closed. Restaurants and cafes can provide takeaway, drive-through and delivery services.  

National lockdown

Stay at home

Everyone in England, Wales, mainland Scotland and Northern Ireland must stay at home and only go out for essential reasons, in Northern Ireland there is a 8pm curfew for homes and businesses.

All non-essential shops, entertainment venues, schools, colleges, universities  and organisations are closed and all but essential travel is banned.

The only exceptions are:

  • You can leave your home for exercise once a day
  • Places of worship remain open for wedding and funerals
  • You  can undertake activities related to moving house
  • A maximum of two people from up to two households can meet outdoors in Scotland and only one person from one household can meet in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

When leaving your home you must wear a face mask.

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