what are the ‘very high’ alert level restrictions?

At the moment, gyms are not allowed to open in Liverpool but they are allowed to open in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. 

Liverpool’s leaders have written to Mr Johnson to ask for an explanation of the “inconsistencies” and are seeking a review into the decision.

However, leisure and sporting facilities, including gyms, will remain open in the latest Tier 3 enforcement in Nottinghamshire. 

The rules that can be negotiated in Tier 3 areas include: closing hospitality venues, leisure centres, gyms, public buildings, personal care services and arts venues; support packages for those who cannot work; and the sale of alcohol in hospitality venues.

Gyms can stay open in areas under Tier 1 and 2 restrictions.

Read more: Could gyms close again?

Can I go to work?

The government has advised that anyone who cannot work from home should go to work. Whether they can work from home depends on the nature of the job and on consultations between employees and employers. 

It is permissible to travel in and out of Tier 3 areas for work purposes.

Read more: Can I travel between Tiers?

Can I meet people outside?

You must not meet outdoors with anyone outside of your household or support bubble, unless there are no more than six people and the meeting takes place in certain open spaces. This includes parks, beaches, the countryside, forests, public gardens and playgrounds. You may not meet in a private garden.

Larger groups can be broken up and fined by police, starting at £200 and doubling for each further offence to a maximum of £6,400.

Can I see my partner?

Under Tier 3, people cannot visit other households indoors unless they are part of a support bubble. This is when a single-adult household joins socially with exclusively other household.

Unless your partner is part of your social bubble, Tier 3 rules do not permit you to meet indoors. You may only meet in public, open spaces and must maintain social distancing outdoors. 

Read more: Dating during lockdown 

Can shops stay open? 

Most shops can remain open so long as they are COVID-secure. Depending on where you live, some additional restrictions are in place.

In Lancashire, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and the Liverpool City Region, casinos, betting shops and soft play centres are closed. See the government website for additional restrictions in your area.

Can restaurants and pubs stay open?

Pubs and bars must close unless they operate as a restaurant, which is defined as serving ‘substantial meals’.

Restaurants must close between 10pm and 5am, apart from hospitality venues in service stations and ports.

Businesses that fail to comply with the restrictions face fines of up to £10,000.

Customers must wear facemasks indoors unless seated to eat and drink. You must put a face covering back on once you finish eating or drinking. Expect staff to be wearing their facemasks too.

The Government advises that one person from your group should give their contact details to the venue or check in using the NHS Covid-19 app.

Read more: New face mask rules for retail and pubs

Are outdoor sports allowed?