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What are the new tier system rules after Covid lockdown ends?


Tier 1 / medium level

What’s changed?

Mr Johnson said people should continue to work from home where possible.

There will be a slight relaxation of the curfew system. Previously in pubs in this tier, customers had to leave by 10pm. Under the new rules, last orders will be called at 10pm, with people allowed to finish their food and drinks by 11pm.

Hospitality businesses serving food and drink should close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are exempt).

The 11pm closure also applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, bingo halls, theme parks and adventure parks and activities. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm.

Additionally, spectator sports will be allowed to resume both indoors and outdoors in Tier 1, with limited numbers and social distancing in place.

The public will also be allowed to attend performances and shows in theatres and other entertainment venues, both indoors and outdoors, at a limited capacity.

The limits for sports and events will be 4,000 people or 50 per cent of the usual capacity outdoors. Indoors, the limit will be 1,000 people.

The ‘Rule of Six’ will return in Tier 1, with up to six members of different households allowed to mix both indoors and outdoors.

What stays the same?

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Organised outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue, such as golf and tennis
  • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
  • (There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing)

Tier 1 lockdown rules: what you can and can’t do in ‘medium risk’ alert areas

Tier 2 / high level

What’s changed?

The one-hour extension to the pub curfew applies also to pubs in this tier, with last orders at 10pm and customers needing to leave by 11pm. 

Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

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 in Tier 2. Indoors, the limit is 1,000 people.

However, there is a slight tightening of restrictions for hospitality in this category. Now, alcohol can only be served in pubs and restaurants that serve substantial food, with ‘wet pubs’ and bars that don’t serve food forced to close. Even then, only people of the same household can visit and it will be table service only. 



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