At-a-glance guide to tier changes in England

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Here is a summary of the changes to the Covid-19 tier levels announced on Wednesday by the Government.

– Tier 4

A total of 24 million people will be living in Tier 4 from 12.01am on Saturday December 26.

This is 43% of the population of England.

– Cambridgeshire: Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire
– East Sussex: Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden
– Essex: Colchester, Tendring and Uttlesford
– Hampshire: Basingstoke & Deane, East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Hart, Rushmoor, Southampton, Test Valley and Winchester
– Norfolk: Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, South Norfolk
– Oxfordshire: Cherwell, Oxford, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire
– Suffolk: Babergh, East Suffolk, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk and West Suffolk
– Surrey: Waverley
– West Sussex: Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing

These areas join Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, Hastings and Rother in East Sussex, the rest of Essex, the rest of Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London and the rest of Surrey, which are already in Tier 4.

A map showing the new system of Tiers in England
(PA Graphics)

– No household mixing allowed, though one person can meet one other person outside in a public space
– All non-essential shops and businesses must close, including personal care and indoor entertainment
– Nobody can enter or leave Tier 4 areas
– Residents must not stay overnight away from home

– Tier 3

Some four million people will be moved to Tier 3 from December 26, bringing the total in Tier 3 to 25 million people, or 44% of the population of England.

The areas moving into Tier 3 are:

– Bristol
– Cheshire: Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester and Warrington
– Gloucestershire: Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury
– Hampshire: Isle of Wight and New Forest
– Northamptonshire: Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough
– Somerset: Bath & North East Somerset, Mendip, North Somerset, Sedgemoor, Somerset West & Taunton and South Somerset
– Swindon

These areas join Derbyshire, County Durham, South Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, the Humber, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Tees Valley, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire, the West Midlands metropolitan county and West Yorkshire, which remain in Tier 3.

PA infographic showing Covid-19 case rates in regions of England
(PA Graphics)

– No household mixing allowed indoors or outdoors, except in parks and public gardens
– All hospitality is closed, except for takeaways and deliveries
– All accommodation and entertainment venues are closed

– Tier 2

The number of people living in Tier 2 will fall to seven million, or 13% of the population of England.

Two areas have been moved from Tier 1 to Tier 2: Cornwall and Herefordshire.

They join Cumbria, Devon, the Liverpool City Region, North Yorkshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Wiltshire (not including Swindon), Worcestershire and York, which remain in Tier 2.

PA infographic showing Covid-19 case rates in regions of England
(PA Graphics)

– No household mixing allowed indoors, but the “rule of six” applies outdoors
– Hospitality venues must close unless serving substantial meals with drinks
– Large sport and entertainment events are allowed but with a very limited audience

– Tier 1

Just 2,000 people will be in Tier 1 from December 26 – the population of the Isles of Scilly.

The main restrictions in Tier 1 are:

– The “rule of six” must apply indoors and outdoors
– There must be table service in hospitality venues, with last orders at 10pm and closing time at 11pm
– Large sporting and entertainment events are allowed but with a limited audience.

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