The Government’s new model of “Local Covid Alert Levels” in England will work as a traffic light system with three distinct tiers – medium, high and very high.
In areas with particularly high levels of infection, pubs, gyms and casinos could be forced to close their doors to stop the spread of the virus.
Boris Johnson said these new Covid alert levels were being introduced to “avoid the misery of a second lockdown“.
What is very high level/Tier 3 lockdown?
For areas with a very high level of infections. The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level. Consultation with local authorities will determine additional measures.
The baseline means the measures below are in place:
- Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
- Wedding receptions are not allowed
- People must not meet anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The “Rule of Six” applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches
- People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘very high’ area they are in, or entering a ‘very high’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit
- People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘very high’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘very high’ area if they are resident elsewhere
What areas are affected?
The areas of Liverpool and Merseyside in Tier 3 lockdown include Knowsley, The Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Halton.
The most recent region to move into the ‘very high’ level alert is South Yorkshire. The region, which includes Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham, moves from October 24.