The government has confirmed the tier levels each area of England will be in from next week.

The national lockdown will end on December 2, and will be replaced by a tiered system which was in place earlier this year.

However, the tiers will be much stricter than before as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Only Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight will be in Tier 1 from next week as they have the lowest rates of infection.

Most of England will be in Tier 2, but some areas, including parts of Northern England, will be in Tier 3, which has the strictest rules.

The new rules will come into force across the country at 00.01 on December 2 when the four-week national lockdown ends.

But people will be allowed to form an exclusive Christmas bubble made up of people from no more than three households between December 23 and 27.

This rule applies across the whole of the UK.

Christmas bubbles can only meet in private homes and gardens, places of worship and public outdoor spaces.

While there are also big changes to the rules for pubs and restaurants including an end to the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants after criticism from chaotic scenes at closing times.

Last orders will now be called at 10pm but customers will have until 11pm to drink up to allow people to depart in a staggered way.

You can find out which Tier you will be in from next week by using our interactive postcode checker below:

In a written ministerial statement which contained the tier breakdown, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Thanks to the shared sacrifice of everyone in recent weeks, in following the national restrictions, we have been able to start to bring the virus back under control and slow its growth, easing some of the pressure on the NHS.

“We will do this by returning to a regional tiered approach, saving the toughest measures for the parts of the country where prevalence remains too high.

“The tiering approach provides a framework that, if used firmly, should prevent the need to introduce stricter national measures.

“On 2 December we will lift the national restrictions across all of England and the following restrictions will be eased:

“1. The stay-at-home requirement will end.

“2. Non-essential retail, gyms, personal care will reopen. The wider leisure and entertainment sectors will also reopen, although to varying degrees.

“3. Communal worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume.

“4. People will no longer be limited to seeing one other person in outdoor public spaces, where the rule of 6 will now apply.

“The new regulations set out the restrictions applicable in each tier. We have taken into account advice from SAGE on the impact of the previous tiers to strengthen the measures in the tiers, and help enable areas to move more swiftly into lower tiers.”





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