DORSET and Devon will be placed in Tier 2 COVID restrictions when lockdown ends on December 2.
This means the counties will facer stricter rules than before the second national lockdown, when they were in the more relaxed Tier 1.
It was hoped that Dorset and Devon would return to Tier 1 earlier this week, but it has now been confirmed that they will both be in Tier 2 along with the majority of England, including the likes of major cities such as London and Liverpool.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is currently addressing the House of Commons to confirm the new tier system.
The government has also launched an online tool to find out which tier you are in, but this has repeatedly crashed due to “technical difficulties” this morning.
So what will the new tier system mean for Dorset and Devon residents? Here’s a break-down of the rules.
- The tiers will have a uniform set of rules, there will be no negotiations by different regions
- Everyone should work from home if they can
- Shops and personal care services can open
- Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities remain open
- Registered childcare, other supervised activities for children and childcare bubbles allowed
- Indoor leisure – gyms and swimming – can open
- Elite sport, under-18 sport and disabled sport can continue
- Police will get new powers to close down premises breaking the rules
- No mixing of households indoors apart from support bubbles – rule of six outdoors
- Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants, and hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
- Last orders at 10pm, close by 11pm
- Reduce the numbers of journeys made and avoid travel into Tier 3 areas
- Overnight stays permitted with your household or support bubble
- Accommodation open
- Places of worship open but people cannot interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble
- Weddings, civil partnerships and wakes can have 15 guests
- Funerals can have 30 guests
- Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but not indoors if there is any interaction between different households
- Elite sporting events, live performances and large business events can take place with 50% capacity, or 2,000 people outdoors/1,000 indoors (whichever is lower) – social distancing applies
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