What lockdown tier is MY area? Covid map shows rules for Tier 2 and 3
MORE areas have been plunged into tougher coronavirus restrictions – meaning more than half of the country is now living under some form of lockdown.
Tier three restrictions in South Yorkshire came into effect on Saturday, and the strictest form of local lockdown measures will come into force in Warrington on Tuesday – two days earlier than planned.
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Slough, Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent have enteredTier 2 'high risk' category.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are already under severe restrictions as they fight rising cases.
All of England is now divided into a three-tier system designed to curb the spread of coronavirus, with our map showing which tier each area is under.
Boris Johnson has so far resisted moving into a full national lockdown, insisting the tier system will work.
The measures will be constantly monitored with the areas reviewed every two weeks, and restrictions reviewed every four.
Under tier three restrictions, pubs and bars will be closed, unless serving substantial meals, for a 28-day period, along with betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and soft play areas.
The Government announced on October 12 which tier each part of England falls into – and what rules they will be subject to.
For areas under the "medium" category, the "rule of six" continues to apply and the 10pm curfew must be observed.
Liverpool was the first area to go into strict Tier 3 measures, with all pubs, bars, betting shops, gyms and casinos shut – however gyms and leisure centres have now reopened.
The PM said on October 12 that cases quadrupled in just three weeks – adding: "These figures are flashing at us like dashboard warnings in a passenger jet."
TIER 3 – VERY HIGH RISK
Tier 3 includes areas of “very high” risk, where coronavirus transmission rates are of the greatest concern.
In these areas households are not allowed to mix either indoors or outdoors in private gardens.
Pubs and bars have closed in the very high alert level areas unless they can operate as a restaurant.
People have also been advised against travel in and out of the areas.
Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton are in Tier 3 – with measures enforced in those areas from October 14.
Merseyside is subject to particularly tough restrictions, with pubs, bars,casinos and betting shopsclosing.
Lancashire moved from Tier 2 into Tier 3 on October 16.
After much wrangling between local leaders and the Government, Greater Manchester entered Tier 3 on October 23.
South Yorkshire moved into Tier 3 restrictions on Saturday, and Warrington will be placed under the strictest measures from Tuesday.
The measures were supposed to come into force on Thursday October 29 but Warrington council have moved the date to "urgently bring down the number of cases" and protect the NHS.
Council leader Russ Bowden said the decision was "necessary and proportionate".
Areas under Tier Three restrictions are:
Warrington (from October 27)
- City of Manchester
Liverpool City Region
- St Helens
- Ribble Valley
- South Ribble
- West Lancashire
- Blackburn with Darwen
TIER 2 – HIGH RISK
Areas in Tier Two – where there is a high risk of coronavirus – are banned from mixing with other households indoors, including in pubs.
When outside, only two households will be able to mix.
The Prime Minister said this tier reflects interventions in many local areas at the moment and "primarily aims to reduce household transmission by banning mixing indoors".
Current social distancing measures, the "rule of six" outdoors and the 10pm curfew will continue in this tier.
And most areas which are currently subject to local restrictions will automatically move into it.
Areas in Tier 2 are:
- North-East Derbyshire
- Castle Point
- Epping Forest
- All 32 boroughs plus the City of London
- Cheshire West and Chester
- Cheshire East
- High Peak – the wards of:
- St John's
- Old Glossop
- Howard Town
- Hadfield South
- Hadfield North
Tyne and Wear
- South Tyneside
- North Tyneside
- Redcar and Cleveland
- Oadby and Wigston
- Nottingham City
- Newark and Sherwood
- Stoke on Trent
TIER 1 – MEDIUM RISK
Areas in Tier 1 — where there is medium risk of the virus — will be subject to current social distancing measures, the “rule of six” and the current 10pm pub curfew.
Most of the UK remains in this bracket.
In addition, businesses can operate – as long as they're Covid-secure – although clubs will remain shut.
Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
TIERS FOR FEARS
Speaking in the Commons on Monday, October 12, Boris Johnson said he didn't want to go back to another national lockdown – but added "we can't let the virus rip" through society as the UK enters the next phase of the pandemic.
He said "we need to go further" when it came to controlling the bug.
He added: "The weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the metal of this country.
"But I have no doubt at all that together we will succeed."
Mr Johnson added: "The weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the metal of this country.
"But I have no doubt at all that together we will succeed."
Matt Hancock had been briefing local leaders over the new restrictions ahead of the three tier announcement.
On the evening of October 12, Mr Johnson said Christmas may well be off the table for all Brits.
"All I can say to millions wondering – we will do our absolute best to try to make sure we get life back to as close to normal," he said during the Downing Street press conference.
"It will depend on our success in getting this virus down and our ability as a country to follow through on the package of measures.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again.
"It will mean in local areas we've talked about, intensify the measures, but we're going to have to enforce generally the social distancing, the rules, the guidance, 'hands, face, space', get a test if you have symptoms, self-isolate if contacted by NHS.
"All that basic stuff is essential if we're going to come out of this and allow people to have anything like a normal Christmas."
It comes as England's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said that cases are "heating up" in more parts of the country compared with a week ago.
Prof Van-Tam said other regions are now following the North West of England pattern where the virus moved through the age bands, having started spiking among young people at first.
Addressing increasing infections rates in the South of England, he said: "The epidemic this time has clearly picked up pace in the North of England earlier than it did in the first wave.
"That almost certainly relates to the fact the disease levels in the North, and certainly in the North West, never dropped as far in the summer as they did in the South.
"But pretty much all areas of the UK are now seeing growths in the infection rate.
"This is a nationwide phenomenon now that rates are changing upwards across the UK."
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