The Government announced on November 23 that when the current, second national lockdown ends on December 2 the nation will once again find themselves within a three-tier system. However, this one will be stricter than the previous system in place in Autumn. On November 26 Boris Johnson announced that London would be spared the “very high alert” tier 3 and emerge from this lockdown into tier 2.
Under tier 2, classed as “high alert”, the following restrictions on socialising will be imposed:
- You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, including homes, or in public spaces.
- You must not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, in line with the previous “rule of six.”
- Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events such as shows and performances is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or 2000 people outdoors or 1000 people indoors.
- Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contract rules and limited to the same numbers as above.
- Places of worship remain open, but you are not to socialise with people from outside your bubble while indoors, unless a legal exemption applies.
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with 15 people allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 to attend funeral ceremonies and 15 to attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stone settings.
The following restrictions will apply with regards to hospitality:
- Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues are only allowed to sell alcohol with a substantial meal.
- Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption are required to provide table service only, close between 11pm and 5am, and stop taking orders after 10pm.
- Hospitality businesses and venues may continue to sell after 10pm if working on a delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through basis.
- 11pm closure applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, as well as bingo halls.
The following restrictions will be implemented for exercise:
- Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue.
- Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not reside with or share a bubble with.
The following restrictions will be enforced regarding travel:
- You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make.
- If you live in a tier 2 area you must follow tier 2 restriction whilst in tier 1 areas. Avoid travel or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, however, you may travel through a tier 3 area as part of a longer journey.
- For information regarding international travel and travel corridors refer to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advice.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “These are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice.”
Boris Johnson has assured that the tier allocations will be reviewed every fortnight, with the first review set for 16 December 2020. To find out more about tier 1 and 3 as well as locate information regarding the tier status of other areas within the United Kingdom visit here.