What does tier 3 lockdown mean – what are the rules?

There is a growing fear among Londoners that the capital may be moved to tier three as coronavirus cases have risen in 28 of the city’s 32 boroughs.

If London moves to tier three then it will join the likes of Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Bristol.

Tier three is the highest alert level in England, and sees the harshest restrictions.

Here’s all you need to know.

What does tier 3 lockdown mean – what are the rules?

The tiers are as follows:

  • Tier one – Medium risk
  • Tier two – High risk
  • Tier three – Very high risk

The third tier is applied to areas where the risk from coronavirus is judged to be ‘very high’ – the highest of the three tiers.

In tier three, members of more than one household are banned from mixing with one another in any setting indoors as well as in private gardens and ‘most’ outdoor venues.

People in those areas are still allowed to meet in public spaces, but the rule of six applies.

You can also still meet indoors or outdoors within your social bubble. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household.

Weddings are now allowed in tier three areas, although only 15 people can attend ceremonies and wedding receptions are still off the cards.

Funerals have a limit of 30 attendees.

In tier three areas, hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – although takeaways and delivery services are still allowed.

All indoor entertainment venues such as casinos, cinemas and bowling alleys must remain closed.

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In ‘very high’ alert level areas, gyms can stay open but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close.

Organised outdoor sports and exercise classes can go ahead, as long as social distancing and the rule of 6 are adhered to.

All shops, as well as nail salons and hairdressers, can reopen in tier three areas, as can public buildings such as libraries.

Non essential travel should be avoided, including for overnight stays.


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