what are the restrictions for ‘high’ alert areas?

Boris Johnson has revealed his Covid winter plan, including a strengthened three-tier system of local restrictions for England that comes into force on December 3.

This means there will be a “uniform set of measures” applicable in any tier across the country, rather than negotiations with each local authority.

Mr Johnson said the new restrictions will begin when the national lockdown ends on Dec 2 and be in place until the Spring. 

But the PM won’t make public which areas will fall under which tiers until Thursday, Nov 26.

There will be a slight relaxation of the 10 pm curfew for pubs and restaurants, but many aspects of the tier system will remain the same.

Here’s what the new Tier 2 restrictions look like:

Read more: How each lockdown tier will change under revamped Covid restrictions

What are high level/Tier 2 lockdown restrictions?

In Tier 2, households will not be allowed to mix indoors apart from in support bubbles, while a maximum of six people can meet outdoors.

There will be a one hour extension on the curfew for pubs and restaurants. Under the new rules, last orders will be called at 10pm, with people allowed to finish their food and drinks by 11pm.

But pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues in this tier will not be able to stay open or sell alcohol unless they serve substantial food. Even then, only people of the same household can visit and it will be table service only.

Spectator sports will be also allowed to resume both indoors and outdoors in Tier 2, but with limited numbers and social distancing in place.

Outdoors, 2,000 people, or 50 per cent of usual capacity, will be allowed to attend. Indoors, the limit is 1,000 people.

The public will also be allowed to attend performances and shows in theatres and other entertainment venues, at 50 per cent capacity indoors and indoors attendees will be limited to 10000.

The other rules are:

  • 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
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 11pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open (For the latter, groups attending religious services are expected to follow the rule of six – with larger families exempt.)
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees (15 and 30 respectively)
  • 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 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

International travel will now be allowed across all tiers, but the advice is still not to travel unless necessary, and to check FCO restrictions for your destination.

The Government is expected to announce next week that current travel quarantine rules will end in mid December, and will be replaced by a five-day testing plan.

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