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What’s changed and what stays same under revamped Covid restrictions?


Tier 1 / medium level

What’s changed?

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.

There may be a tweak to socialising rules. Under the previous tier system, people in this category must not meet in groups larger than six, indoors or outdoors. Government sources suggested last week that tier one could be brought closer in line with tiers two and three due to concerns among scientists that measures in the lowest level are proving ineffective.

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 indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed

Tier 2 / high level lockdown

What’s changed?

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

However, there is a slight tightening of restrictions for pubs in this category. Now, only pubs and restaurants that serve substantial food are allowed to remain open. Even then, only people of the same household can visit and it will be table service only. Under the previous restrictions, ‘wet’ pubs – places that don’t serve food – were allowed to remain open for business too. 



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