Dorset placed in Tier 3 for New Year

DORSET and Devon have been moved up to Tier 3 as the threat of coronavirus continues to rise across the country. 

The Dorset Council area will face tougher restrictions from 12.01am tomorrow morning (December 31) and has been split from the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area, which will be under the highest Tier 4 restrictions.

This means the Dorset Council area, including Lyme Regis, and the whole of Devon is on ‘very high alert’ and restrictions will see all pubs and restaurants close at end of service tonight – meaning they will not be open for New Year’s Eve.

Restaurants and pubs can continue to offer takeaway services an retail businesses can remain open.

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday lets and guest houses must close.

Under Tier 3 restrictions, you should not meet anyone from outside your own household or support bubble inside.

You can meet up to six people from other households in outdoor publics spaces such as parks and beaches, but not in private gardens.

Full advice on Tier 3 restrictions is available at

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