MATT Hancock is gearing up to announce which parts of the UK will be placed under Tier 2 restrictions from December 3.
The ‘high level’ measures will be eased, however, over Christmas – here’s what you need to know.
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What are the rules for Tier 2 over Christmas?
Up to three households in Tier 2 will be able to meet inside over a period of five days over Christmas.
Social distancing and travel rules will be scrapped from December 23 to 27 -meaning families will be able to hug those in their bubble and stay overnight.
Cops won’t be expected to patrol to enforce the new rules – but will step in if people break them by hosting huge gatherings and hold parties.
Which areas are in Tier 2?
The following areas will go into Tier 2 from December 3:
- Liverpool City Region
- Warrington and Cheshire
- North Yorkshire
- Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
East of England
- Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
- Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
- Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
- all 32 boroughs plus the City of London
- East Sussex
- West Sussex
- Brighton and Hove
- Bracknell Forest
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- West Berkshire
- Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
- South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Wiltshire and Swindon
What are the rules for Tier 2 for December?
The rules will be stricter for the rest of December as follows:
- Households in Tier 2 are not allowed to mix indoors but can mix outdoors in groups of up to six
- Pubs can stay open if they are able to serve a ‘substantial meal’ with drinks
- Last orders will be given at 10pm but pubs can stay open until 11pm.
- Schools, gyms and places of worship can remain open.
- Live events can go ahead but will be limited to 50% of their capacity.
Can I go to the pub?
Yes. You can go to the pub if you live in a Tier 2 area.
You will be asked, however, to give your last orders at 10pm and all pubs must close by 11pm.
You must also order a ‘substantial meal’ with your pint.
Can I see my family?
Yes. You can see members of your family outside in groups of up to six if you live in a Tier 2 area.
You will not, however, be able to mix with family members from other households at home.
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