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BBC News: Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week.

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BBC News: Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week.

BBC News: Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week.

BBC News: Covid: What are the new tiers and lockdown rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?England will move to a tougher version of tiered coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week.The government has set out which tier each area of England will go into from Wednesday.Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own rules to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Across the UK, some restrictions will be relaxed over Christmas, to allow three households to form a “Christmas bubble”.What will England’s new lockdown rules be? England’s current lockdown will end just after midnight on Wednesday 2 December. After that, regions will be placed in one of three tiers: medium, high and very high.The vast majority of England will be placed into high and very high – tiers two and three.Areas in tier two■ North West: Cumbria; Liverpool City Region; Warrington and Cheshire■ Yorkshire: York; North Yorkshire■ West Midlands: Worcestershire; Herefordshire; Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin■ East Midlands: Rutland; Northamptonshire■ East of England: Suffolk; Hertfordshire; Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough); Norfolk; Essex; Thurrock and Southend on Sea; Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes■ London: All 32 boroughs plus the City of London■ South East: East Sussex; West Sussex; Brighton and Hove; Surrey; Reading; Wokingham; Bracknell Forest; Windsor and Maidenhead; West Berkshire; Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton; Buckinghamshire; Oxfordshire■ South West: South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor; Bath and North East Somerset; Dorset; Bournemouth; Christchurch; Poole; Gloucestershire; Wiltshire and Swindon; DevonTier two (high) rules■ In tier two you can’t socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble■ You can meet in a group of up to six outside – including in a garden, or a public place■ Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen (if Covid-secure)■ Pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals. Alcohol can be served with that meal■ Pubs and restaurants can shut at 23:00 GMT, with last orders at 22:00 GMT■ Sports can resume with up to 2,000 spectators, or 50% capacity (whichever is smaller)■ Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume (with restrictions)■ Non-essential foreign travel allowed, subject to quarantine rules■ People are advised not to travel to and from tier three areasAreas in tier three■ North East: Tees Valley Combined Authority (Hartlepool; Middlesbrough; Stockton-on-Tees; Redcar and Cleveland; Darlington); North East Combined Authority (Sunderland; South Tyneside; Gateshead; Newcastle upon Tyne; North Tyneside; County Durham; Northumberland)■ North West: Greater Manchester; Lancashire; Blackpool; Blackburn with Darwen■ Yorkshire and The Humber: The Humber; West Yorkshire; South Yorkshire■ West Midlands: Birmingham and Black Country; Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent; Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull■ East Midlands: Derby and Derbyshire; Nottingham and Nottinghamshire; Leicester and Leicestershire; Lincolnshire■ South East: Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert); Kent and Medway■ South West: Bristol; South Gloucestershire; North SomersetTier three (very high) rulesAdditional restrictions apply:■ You can’t mix with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, indoors, or in private gardens and pub gardens■ You can meet in a group of up to six in other outdoor spaces, such as parks, beaches or countryside■ Hospitality venues – such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must close, except for delivery and takeaway services■ Spectator sports cannot resume■ Indoor entertainment venues – such as bowling alleys and cinemas – must close■ People are advised not to travel to and from tier three areasAreas in tier oneOnly three areas have been placed in the lowest tier:■ South East: Isle of Wight■ South West: Cornwall; Isles of ScillyTier one (medium) rulesAreas in the lowest tier will have some restrictions relaxed:■ The rule of six will apply indoors and outdoors■ Spectator sports can resume with a crowd of 50% of capacity, or 4,000 spectators, whichever is smallerThere are exceptions in all tiers for childcare and support bubbles. More details of the plan are here.How were the tiers decided?The new coronavirus tier restrictions will mean 55 million people will be banned from mixing with other households indoors. The decision about which tier to place an area in is based on:■ Total number of Covid cases in an area■ The number of cases in the over 60s■ The rate at which cases are rising or falling■ The proportion of test results coming back positive■ Pressure on the NHSThe tiers areas are in will be reviewed every 14 days, starting 16 December.What are England’s current lockdown rules?■ You should stay at home – except for essential reasons such as work or healthcare – and not socialise with friends indoors or in private gardens■ You can meet one person from outside your household in an outdoor public spaceGoing to work or school■ Schools, nurseries, colleges and universities remain open■ Childminders and nannies can provide childcare, including in people’s homes■ Workplaces can stay open if people cannot work from homeExercise■ You can take unlimited exercise outdoors with your household, support bubble, or with one other person ■ Outdoor playgrounds remain open but leisure and most other facilities are closed■ Elite sport can continue, but not grassroots team sports Shops, pubs and other venues■ Pubs and restaurants must close (takeaways/deliveries can continue)■ Non-essential shops must close (click-and-collect/deliveries can continue), along with personal care services, including hairdressers■ Supermarkets, food shops, off-licences, petrol stations and pharmacies can remain open, along with a few other shops such as garden centres and bike shops■ Medical services can continue, including dentist and optician appointmentsWorship, weddings and funerals■ Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are not allowed, apart from in exceptional circumstances■ Only 30 people can attend a funeral, and linked ceremonial events can also continue with up to 15 people ■ Places of worship will otherwise only be open to allow individual prayer or services to be broadcast congregationsWhat are Northern Ireland’s current rules?Northern Ireland will go into a two-week circuit-break lockdown from 00:01 GMT on Friday 27 November.However, some other restrictions will be eased until then.Currently: ■ Close-contact services can reopen by appointment■ Unlicensed hospitality premises, such as cafes and coffee shops must close by 20:00■ Pubs, bars and restaurants are shut, except for takeaways and deliveries, which must stop by 23:00. ■ You can form a support bubble of any size with one other household■ You can’t stay overnight in someone else’s home, unless you bubble with them■ No indoor or contact sport is allowed unless at elite level – gyms are open for individual exercise only■ No events of more than 15 people are allowed, apart from certain sporting events ■ Wedding ceremonies are limited to 25 people, with no receptions■ Funerals are limited to 25 people, with no wakes before or afterFrom Friday 27 November:■ Households cannot mix indoors in private homes, except for exemptions including bubbles and childcare ■ Non-essential shops must close■ Cafes and coffee shops must close again for two weeks, except for takeaway■ All sports and leisure facilities must close■ All places of worship must close except for weddings and funerals (limited to 25 people), or to broadcast an act of worship■ Schools remain open Read Northern Ireland’s official guidance.How does Scotland’s new five-tier system work?Each area of Scotland has been placed in one of five tiers. Eleven local authority areas in west and central Scotland have recently moved from level three to level four, affecting two million people.The areas are: City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs the level four measures would be lifted on Friday 11 December. East Lothian and Midlothian will move down from level three to level two on Tuesday 24 November.■ Level zero – Near normal life■ Level one – In Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, up to six people from two households can meet inside their homes. This is not allowed in Highlands or Moray. People living in all level one areas can meet up to seven other people outdoors, from a maximum of three households ■ Level two – No gatherings inside people’s homes, but up to six people from two households can meet outdoors or at a pub or restaurant. Most hospitality venues can open. Alcohol can be served indoors with a meal until 20:00 and outdoors until 22:30■ Level three – No indoor gatherings at home. Pubs and restaurants can open until 18:00 but alcohol cannot be served. Leisure and entertainment venues are closed. Non-essential travel in or out of the area advised against■ Level four – Non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants, and gyms closeSchools stay open in all levels.■ What level has your area been put in?■ Read more detail on restrictions for each tier herePeople living in level three or level four must not travel outside their own council area, except for certain essential purposes. Those living elsewhere in Scotland must not travel to level three or level four areas, apart from limited exceptional circumstances. There must also be no non-essential travel between Scotland the rest of the UK.What are the rules in Wales?Lockdown restrictions in Wales were eased on 9 November. The current rules say:■ Two households can form a bubble and will be able to meet in their own homes■ Up to 15 people can meet for organised activities indoors, rising to 30 outdoors■ All businesses required to close during the lockdown can reopen■ Travel throughout Wales is permitted, but people can only go to England for essential purposes, such as workPeople who you don’t live with still cannot come into your home socially, unless you are in an extended household (bubble) with them. Tradespeople can enter your home to carry out work.Read Wales’ official guidance.SOURCE: BBC News#HealthForAll#HealthBroadcastingService#GlobalHealth#Covid-19#Health#HealthBroadcastingServiceInPublicHealthPartnership#grammyawards#fitbitblackfriday#cruiseshiproyal#detroitlions#thanksgiving#dollargeneral#starbucks#blackfridaydeals#yetidiscounts#greenbeancasserole

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