We are now in Tier 4

The Government's tier 4 rules are here


Here are the differences between tiers 3 and 4.


Social contacts


Tier 3: People must not meet anyone they do not live with, or is not in their support bubble, indoors or in most outdoor places. This includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.

In other outdoor spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility, they must abide by the rule of six and not socialise in a group of more than six other people.

Tier 4: People must not meet anyone they do not live with, or is not in their support bubble, indoors or outdoors. You can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place (listed above) with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.


Pubs and restaurants


Tier 3: Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are now closed. However they are allowed to continue to offer takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close, with few exceptions such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.

Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close including play centres, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, amusement arcades, cinemas, theatres and concert halls, escape rooms and snooker halls.

Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close. This includes indoor attractions within zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves, aquariums, at farms, museums, galleries and sculpture parks, theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs, heritage sites.

Tier 4: Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods must all close - but can operate a click-and-collect service.

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close, with few exceptions such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.

Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are now closed. However they are allowed to continue to offer takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services when providing food and drink for takeaway (until 11pm)


Travel


Tier 3: Those living under Tier 3 restrictions are able to continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.

They should also avoid travelling outside of their local area, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

However they are allowed to travel through other areas as part of a longer journey where necessary.

International travel is subject to rules at the destination country, and the UK travel corridor at the time of departure.


Tier 4: Residents of Tier 4 should stay at home and not leave the area except for legally permitted reasons including for work, school medical reasons, or shopping for essentials. If you need to travel you should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live.

The same advice also applies for those to a Tier 4 area travelling to a Tier 4 area from a Tier 1, 2 or 3 area. Where necessary, you can travel through a Tier 3 and Tier 4 areas as a part of a longer journey. People also should reduce the number of journeys they make overall.

You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. If you live outside a Tier 4 area you may still transit into or through a Tier 4 area to travel abroad if you need to, but you should carefully consider whether you need to do so.


Working from home

Tier 3 & 4

Anyone who can work from home in Tier 3 is encouraged to do so. However those who cannot work from home or are employed in an essential service are permitted to go to their place of work if necessary.

Tier 4: Those previously asked to shield - classed as clinically extremely vulnerable - will be asked to work from home. Those who cannot do so may be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.


Weddings and funerals

Tier 3: Weddings and receptions can take place but only with no more than 15 guests.

Funerals can also go ahead in Tier 3, but only 30 people maximum can attend.

Places of worship will remain open but people must not socialise with others from outside of their household or support bubble while there

Tier 4: Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance.


Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people and these should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

If you live in a Tier 4 area and are going to a wedding, funeral or linked commemorative event outside the Tier 4 area, the event must follow the Tier 4 gathering limits on the events.



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