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What do the coronavirus level three and four rules mean in England?


Millions more Britons were plunged into the toughest fourth-tier lockdown restrictions today, while the rest of the country was moved into third tier.

Areas of England transitioning to level four at midnight tonight include the Midlands, parts of the Northeast and Northwest, and parts of the Southwest.

Another 20 million people will be promoted to the highest level. This means that a total of 44 million people will be living in the fourth stage, or 78 percent of the English population.

About 12 million people will be in level three, or 22 percent of the population, while no area will be in level two. Only the Isles of Scilly remain in the first stage.

The main restrictions at level four include that no mixing is allowed in the household, although one person may meet another person outside in a public space.

All non-essential businesses and establishments must be closed, including personal hygiene and indoor entertainment, and residents are not allowed to stay away from home overnight.

In the third stage, the main restrictions are that mixing is not allowed inside or outside the household, except in parks and public gardens, and all hospitality is closed.

Here MailOnline examines what the rules mean for those in levels three and four:

TIER VIER – "Stay at home"

Will my region join the fourth tier?

As of 12:01 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, a total of 44 million people will be living in Tier 4. That is 78 percent of the population of England.

The Midlands, Northeast, parts of the Northwest, and Southwest are among those that escalated to level four, with almost all of the remaining areas escalating to level three.

Around 20 million people have been added to Tier 4 in the following areas, effective from midnight:

  • Cheshire: Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester and Warrington
  • Cumbria: Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland
  • Derbyshire: Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, Northeast Derbyshire and South Derbyshire
  • Dorset: Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole
  • Durham
  • Gloucestershire: Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury
  • Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan
  • Hampshire: Isle of Wight and New Forest
  • Lancashire: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre
  • Leicestershire: Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Leicester, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston
  • Lincolnshire: Boston, East Lindsey, Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Holland, South Kesteven and West Lindsey
  • Northamptonshire: Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough
  • Northumberland
  • Nottinghamshire: Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, Nottingham and Rushcliffe
  • Somerset: Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West & Taunton and South Somerset
  • Staffordshire: Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth
  • Tees Valley: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees
  • Tyne & Wear: Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland
  • Warwickshire: North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick
  • West Midlands Metropolitan Area: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton
  • Wiltshire: Swindon

Is my area already in level four?

The areas that are already in stage four are:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • East Sussex
  • Essex
  • Hampshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Kent
  • London
  • Norfol
  • Oxfordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Surrey
  • West Sussex

What are the main restrictions in level four?

  • No mixing allowed in the household, although one person may meet another person outside in public places
  • All non-essential businesses and businesses must be closed, including personal hygiene and indoor entertainment
  • No one can enter or exit fourth level areas unless they have a reasonable excuse
  • Residents are not allowed to stay away from home overnight

Can I see my friends or family inside?

No, unless they are in the same household. The rules for doing this are the same in level three.

Can I see my friends and family outdoors?

Yes, but not in private gardens. You may only socialize with one other person in an outdoor public area, including a park, a beach, a public landscape, a public garden, a heritage site, or a castle or sports facility.

Does the rule of six apply in level four?

No. The "rule of six" only applies to levels three and below. At level four, you can only meet with one other person in an outdoor public space. Larger gatherings are prohibited.

Can i go shopping?

Not for non-essential items. Supermarkets and other important stores will remain open, but non-essential retailers such as B. Those who sell clothes have to close.

The full list of companies and venues allowed to stay open is as follows:

  • Major retail stores such as grocery stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centers, builders and suppliers of building products and off-licenses
  • Market stalls selling major retail stores may also remain open
  • Companies that provide repair services can also remain open where they primarily provide repair services
  • Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bike shops, and taxi and vehicle rentals
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer companies
  • Undertaker
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • medical and dental services
  • Veterinarians and pet shops
  • Animal rescue centers, boarding schools, and zookeepers (can still be used for animal welfare purposes and not for aesthetic purposes)
  • Agricultural products shops
  • Shops to support mobility and disability
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Parking lots, public toilets and motorway service stations
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor gym, pools, sports fields and facilities
  • Golf courses
  • Archery / driving / shooting ranges (outdoors)
  • Outdoor equestrian centers
  • Places of worship
  • Crematoriums and burial sites

Can I go to the pub or restaurant?

No. These must all be closed by law, except for takeout and delivery.

Will there be a fine if I break the rules?

The police can take action against people who meet in larger groups by fining a £ 200 fine for the first offense, doubling to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.

If you hold or are involved in an illegal gathering of more than 30 people, the police can impose a fine of £ 10,000.

Can zoos and gardens stay open?

Yes. Certain outdoor areas, such as botanical gardens, heritage sites, zoos, and other animal attractions, may remain open, although the internal elements of these attractions must be closed.

Can I get take away?

Yes. Hospitality establishments such as pubs, cafes and restaurants can continue selling via take-out, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery service.

Only 2,000 people in the Isles of Scilly are still in Tier 1 - everyone else in England is under the highest Tier 3 and 4 bans by midnight

Only 2,000 people in the Isles of Scilly are still in Tier 1 – everyone else in England is under the highest Tier 3 and 4 bans by midnight

Which venues have to be closed?

Most entertainment and tourist venues will have to close, as will Tier 3, including:

  • Indoor play centers and areas, including trampoline parks and soft play
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Ice rinks
  • Arcades and game centers for adults
  • Laser quests and escape rooms
  • Cinemas, theaters and concert halls
  • Snooker halls

Can indoor attractions stay open at outdoor venues?

No. Indoor attractions that primarily focus on outdoor entertainment must also be closed.

Can leisure and sports facilities remain open?

No. Leisure centers, gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor sports fields, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor riding centers and indoor climbing walls must be closed.

Can I participate in a live sporting event?

No. There should be no public participation in spectator sports or indoor performances, and large business events should not be held. However, elite sporting events can still take place without spectators.

Can large events be held outdoors?

No. Performances and shows should not take place.

Can I still go to church?

Yes. Places of worship will remain open, but you will not be allowed to socialize or socialize with anyone outside of your household or support bubble during your stay, unless a legal exception applies.

Can a wedding take place?

Yes. Weddings can be carried out with restrictions on the number of participants – six people can attend the ceremonies, receptions are not permitted.

Can i go to a funeral?

Yes. Thirty people can attend funeral ceremonies, and six people can attend associated memorial services

Can organized outdoor sports take place?

No, for most people. However, organized outdoor sports for children under 18 and disabled people are still allowed.

Can indoor sports take place?

No. Gyms and sports facilities will be closed.

Can I still travel to places?

You are only allowed to leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse, such as: B. for work or educational purposes.

If you do need to travel, stay in place – that is, do not travel outside of your village, town, or part of a town where you live – and "try to reduce the total number of trips you make to reduce".

The list of reasons why you can leave your home and region includes, among others:

  • work where you cannot work from home
  • Access to education and caring responsibilities
  • Visit the ones in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
  • Visiting a hospital, family doctor and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are worried about your health
  • Purchase of goods or services in premises open in Tier 4 areas, including essential retail stores. However, these should be near you if possible
  • Outdoor recreation or exercise. If possible, this should be done on site. However, if necessary, you can travel a short distance within your Tier 4 area to do so (e.g. to access an open space).
  • Participation in the care and exercise of an animal or veterinary services

Can I vacation in other parts of the UK?

No. The only way to leave your home or where you live for vacations or overnight stays is if you have a reasonable excuse to do it.

You can only stay away from home if you:

  • visit your support bubble
  • cannot return to their primary residence
  • need accommodation when moving
  • need accommodation to attend a funeral or similar memorial service
  • require accommodation for work or voluntary service
  • are a child who needs housing for school or care
  • are homeless, seeking asylum, or a vulnerable person seeking refuge
  • are a top athlete or their support staff or parent if the athlete is under 18 and needs to be outside the home for training or competition

Can i go abroad?

Yes, but with strict restrictions. For information on international travel, see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the list of travel corridors.

You can also only travel internationally or within the UK if you have a legal reason to leave for the first time.

The government also advises people to consider health advice in the country they are in.

ANIMAL THREE – & # 39; Very High Warning & # 39;

Will my area join the third tier?

As of December 31, a total of 12 million people will be living in the third stage. That is 22 percent of the population of England.

The following areas will move to the third tier starting at midnight tonight:

  • Cornwall
  • Devon: East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, Plymouth, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torbay, Torridge, and West Devon
  • Dorset
  • Herefordshire
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Area: Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral
  • North Yorkshire: Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby
  • Rutland
  • Shropshire, including Telford & Wrekin
  • Somerset: Bath & Northeast Somerset
  • Wiltshire
  • Worcestershire: Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon and Wyre Forest
  • York

Which areas are already in level three?

The following areas are already in level three:

  • Bristol
  • Humber
  • North Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire

What are the main restrictions in level three?

  • No household indoors or outdoors except in parks and public gardens
  • All hospitality is closed, with the exception of takeaways and deliveries
  • All accommodation and entertainment venues are closed

What does tier three mean?

This is a "very high" alert level – the highest of the three level system – for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising infection level that have more stringent restrictions.

Can I see my friends or family inside?

No, unless they are in the same household. The rules for doing this are the same in level four.

Can I see my friends and family outdoors?

Yes, but not in private gardens. You may only socialize in groups of up to six people in other outdoor public areas, including a park, beach, public landscape, public garden, heritage site, castle or sports facility.

Does the rule of six apply in level three?

Yes. This is true when you meet people from other households in public places outdoors. They cannot mix with other households indoors or in private gardens.

Can i go shopping?

Yes. Non-essential stores can remain open.

Will there be a fine if I break the rules?

The police can take action against people who meet in larger groups by fining a £ 200 fine for the first offense, doubling to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.

If you hold or are involved in an illegal gathering of more than 30 people, the police can impose a fine of £ 10,000.

Can I go to the pub or restaurant?

No. These must all be closed by law, except for takeout and delivery.

Can I get take away?

Yes. Hospitality establishments such as pubs, cafes and restaurants can continue selling via take-out, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery service.

Which venues have to be closed?

Most entertainment and tourist spots are closing, including:

  • Indoor play centers and areas, including trampoline parks and soft play
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Ice rinks
  • Arcades and game centers for adults
  • Laser quests and escape rooms
  • Cinemas, theaters and concert halls
  • Snooker halls

Can indoor attractions stay open at outdoor venues?

No. Indoor attractions at primarily outdoor entertainment must also be closed, although indoor shops, thoroughfares, and public toilets at such attractions may remain open.

This includes indoor attractions in:

  • Zoos, safari parks and nature reserves
  • Aquariums, farm visitor attractions, and other animal attractions
  • Model villages
  • Museums, galleries and sculpture parks
  • Botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • Theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and fairs
  • Visitor attractions in film studios, cultural heritage sites such as castles and mansions
  • Sights such as viewing platforms and viewing platforms

Can leisure and sports facilities remain open?

Yes, with restrictions. Group exercise classes including fitness and dance should not be conducted. Saunas and steam baths should also be closed.

Can I participate in a live sporting event?

No. There should be no public participation in spectator sports or indoor performances, and large business events should not be held. However, elite sporting events can still take place without spectators.

Can large events be held outdoors?

No. Performances and shows should not take place with the exception of drive-in events.

Can I still go to church?

Yes. Places of worship will remain open, but you will not be allowed to socialize or socialize with anyone outside of your household or support bubble during your stay, unless a legal exception applies

Can a wedding take place?

Yes. Weddings can be carried out with a limited number of participants – 15 people can attend the ceremonies, receptions are not permitted.

Can i go to a funeral?

Yes. 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend associated memorial services

Can organized outdoor sports take place?

Yes. Organized outdoor sports as well as physical activity and exercise classes can continue. However, it is recommended to avoid contact with other people.

Can indoor sports take place?

No. Organized indoor sports, exercise and exercise classes cannot take place indoors.

There are exemptions for indoor disabled sports, sports for educational purposes, and supervised sports and physical activity for children under the age of 18.

Can I still travel to places?

Yes, although you are advised to stay local and not travel outside of your region, i.e. in your village or town or part of a town.

You should also continue traveling for reasons such as work, education, medical care, or when you have caring responsibilities.

You can continue to travel to open places or for reasons such as work or education, but "reduce the number of trips you make wherever possible".

Can I vacation in other parts of the UK?

No. You should "avoid traveling to other parts of the UK", including for overnight stays other than necessary, e.g. B. for work, education, youth welfare, medical treatment or for care duties.

However, you can travel through other areas as part of a longer trip.

Can i go abroad?

Yes, with restrictions. For information on international travel, see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the list of travel corridors.

The government advises third tier individuals to “carefully consider whether they need to travel abroad and follow the rules in their area”.

What about levels two and one?

As of December 31, there are no areas in level two.

Only 2,000 people remain in the first tier – the Isles of Scilly population. The main restrictions in Tier 1 are:

  • The rule of six must apply indoors and outdoors
  • Table service must be offered in the restaurants. The last orders are at 10 p.m. and the closing time is at 11 p.m.
  • Large sporting and entertainment events are allowed, but with a limited audience.

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