England’s month-long national lockdown is set to end tomorrow, making way for a tiered alert system.

From tomorrow, December 2, new measures will be in place across the country, subject to the approval of Parliament this evening.

Devon has been placed under Tier 2 restrictions , which will mean several changes will be made.

High Alert Tier 2

This time around, the tier system has tougher measures in place, with the revised rules coming into effect from midnight tonight.

We’ve taken a look at everything you’ll be able to do from December 2, that you couldn’t do during lockdown.

Meeting people

While there’s still a ban on mixing indoors with anyone from another household, you will be able to meet others in outdoor settings such as a private garden, a park, or a pub garden, as long as the group is no larger than six.

There are however 23 exemptions to the indoor household mixing ban, and a further 2 for the outside ‘rule of six’

They are:

  • that all the people in the gathering are part of the same linked households
  • it is for a permitted organised gathering
  • for education and training
  • the gathering is necessary for certain purposes, including work, to provide assistance and care, or to move house
  • to fulfil legal obligations and proceedings
  • the gathering takes place in criminal justice accommodation or in immigration detention accommodation
  • the gathering is of a support group, consists of no more than 15 persons, and takes place at premises other than a private dwelling, and it is reasonably necessary for members of the group to be physically present at the gathering.
  • respite care
  • for attending a person giving birth at the request of the mother
  • for marriages and civil partnerships
  • for wedding and civil partnership receptions, but consists of no more than 15 persons
  • for funerals
  • a commemorative event following a person’s death
  • visiting a dying person
  • visiting persons receiving treatment
  • the gathering is for the purposes of protest
  • the person concerned is an elite sportsperson, the coach of an elite sportsperson and the gathering is necessary for training or competition.
  • a permitted indoor sports gathering
  • the gathering is reasonably necessary for the purposes of arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents
  • that the gathering is of a parent and child group which is organised for children under 5, consists of no more than 15 persons, and the gathering takes place at premises other than a private dwelling.
  • the gathering is reasonably necessary to enable a student to return home
  • for the five days over the Christmas period, subject to no more than three households mixing
  • the gathering is for the purposes of picketing which is carried out in accordance with the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992
  • the person concerned is taking part in an outdoor sports gathering,
  • that the gathering is for the purposes of a relevant outdoor activity, and
    the gathering organiser takes the required precautions in relation to the gathering

Businesses reopening

Among those allowed to open are:

  • Casinos
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Museums
  • Bowling alleys
  • Amusement arcades
  • Funfairs
  • Theme parks
  • Adventure parks and activities
  • Bingo halls
  • Non-essential retail

These venues must close at 11pm.

Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances which start before 10pm.

Going to bars, pubs and restaurants

Pubs and bars in will have to close unless they essentially operate as restaurants. Nightclubs are to remain close, unless they are operating as a restaurant.

Most hospitality venues will only be allowed to serve alcohol with ‘substantial meals’ and must do so using table service.

Venues must stop taking orders at 10pm and must close by 11pm.

You may only sit indoors in a pub or a restaurant with your household or support bubble, although in a beer garden, the rule of six applies, although you still have to order a substantial meal if you wish to purchase alcohol

Drinking alcohol

Pubs and bars may not provide alcohol for consumption on the premises, unless with a substantial meal, so they are operating as a restaurant. They may remain open for take-away services.

Other hospitality businesses such as cafes, restaurants and social clubs, can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. If they are a business which serves alcohol for consumption on the premises, they must be table service only.

In cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadiums, alcohol can be ordered at a bar to be consumed when seated in the auditorium or area where the screening/performance is taking place.

This is limited to only those with tickets. When alcohol is to be consumed in the bar area itself, it must be part of a substantial meal and full table service must be provided.

Visiting shops

All shops, both essential and non-essential, will be allowed to open.

People will be required to wear face coverings when inside them, unless they are exempt.

Going to gyms and indoor leisure

All are allowed to open.

Organised indoor sport is only permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with those they don’t live with, or share a support bubble with.

There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.

Hotels and accommodation

Accommodation, such as hotels, holiday lets and guesthouses, may open but businesses must take reasonable steps to ensure that social contact rules are followed within their venues.

Hair salons and personal care businesses

Personal care and close contact services are allowed to open, but you must not mix with anyone who is not part of your household or support bubble when you are indoors.

Overnight stays

Overnight stays are permitted only with household or support bubble.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings will be allowed to be held with 15 guests, with funerals of 30 people permitted.

Going to events

Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.

Attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.

Places of worship

Places of worship can remain open in Tier 2 but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies.

Travelling to other areas

You can travel to other tiered areas, for example If you live in a Tier 2 area, you must continue to follow Tier 2 rules when you travel to a Tier 1 area.

However, avoid travel to or overnight stays in Tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education or moving home.





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