To “simplify” the rules, Boris Johnson has ushered in a new model of “Local Covid Alert Levels” in England which will work as a traffic light system. Under the system there will be three tiers – medium, high and very high.
In areas with particularly high levels of infection pubs, gyms and casinos could be forced to closed in order to stop the spread.
The Prime Minister said the new Covid alert levels were being introduced to “squash this virus wherever it appears”.
What are high level/Tier 2 lockdown restrictions?
This is for areas with a higher level of infections. This means the following measures are in place:
- All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
- Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru
- Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
- Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. They will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport
- The “Rule of Six” will continue to apply outdoors and in private gardens
- People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
- People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport
What areas are affected?
London, Essex and York are the most recent areas to move into Tier 2 lockdown.
Use our interactive tool to see which tier your area falls under in England’s new system for local lockdowns