Tier 3 - The Covid Restrictions Explained18-Dec-2020
Following the 2nd National Lockdown which took place throughout the November period, the UK Government re-introduced the divisive and much debated
3-Tier system – but this time with more stringent rules than previously. They also announced their proposals for Christmas.
Because it was reported to have some of the highest infection rates in the country, all of Kent was placed under Tier 3 restrictions at the beginning of December 2020; this included places like Swale, Thanet, Gravesham and Medway.
So, what are you allowed to do in a Tier 3 area, and what are the rules for the upcoming holiday period?
Due to the challenging and unpredictable nature of the coronavirus outbreak, at the time of writing MVA had produced this article with the most reliable information to date. Whilst MVA has made every effort to make sure that it reflects the current situation as best as possible, it is highly recommended that readers should visit the UK Government website for more up to date information.
The Rules for Tier 3
As with the other tiers, non-essential shops can open. Gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses can also open, as well as places of worship. And within local restrictions, weddings are allowed.
Unless they are offering delivery and takeaway service, all Hospitality venues must close; so hotels and other accommodation providers cannot operate during this period and must also close (except for specific work purposes where people cannot return home.)
Outdoor sports can continue in Tier 3, such as golf and tennis, amateur team sports such as football are also allowed: But spectators cannot watch sport at the stadium or sports venue whilst in Tier 3.
People must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody they do not live with, or with someone who is not in their support bubble; this restriction extends to any private garden or at most outdoor venues. At outdoor spaces, like parks or beaches, people are not allowed to socialise in groups of more than six.
If you can work from home you should do so.
Within reason, you can travel around in your area for work purposes, for education purposes and for providing care or for medical assistance; but you should avoid travelling outside your area and reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible.
And if you live in a Tier 3 area, you must continue to follow Tier 3 rules when you travel to a Tier 1 area or a Tier 2 area.
The full rules and guidance for Tier 3 can be found at the Government website.
The Rules for the Christmas Period
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all originally agreed to allow bubbles of up to three households to mix from 23rd to 27th December 2020 (or from 22nd to 28th December 2020 in Northern Ireland, this was to allow for travel.)
Since then, Wales has now tightened its rules to allow only two households to mix; and Scottish authorities have stated the bubble should not include more than eight people aged over 12, and have also advised people in Scotland not to meet up with others in their Christmas bubble for more than a day.
There are more details on the UK Government website about the rules for the holiday period; where it advises people should read direct information from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland before travelling.
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