Coronavirus: What are the new restrictions, and what is the three-tier system?
On Monday 12th October, as I’m writing this, Boris Johnson has announced the latest raft of Coronavirus restrictions, but what do they mean, and how will they apply to us?
The Coronavirus restrictions have thus far been confusing and a general fudge of different kinds of local lockdowns in different places, with Coronavirus restrictions varying between wards within the same council area even. Ever since the first local Coronavirus lockdown in Leicester, we’ve seen a patchwork quilt of local lockdowns up and down the country, with household mixing bans in some places, and pub restrictions in others.
This, of course, has made the local lockdown rules difficult to follow, let alone understand. This new raft of measures has been specifically designed to be easier to follow and has three tiers. They are as follows:
This is the lowest tier of lockdown, and consists of the basic national rules, including but not limited to:
- The Rule of 6 applies inside and outside
- Pub and restaurant closures at 10pm
This is a higher tier of lockdown, and includes all the national restrictions, as well as these additional measures:
- No mixing between different households indoors
- The rule of 6 applies only outside, meaning that you can’t mix with people from another household inside, but can outside subject to the rule of 6.
Leeds City Council and Bradford City Council are currently in a tier two lockdown, as is 28% of the English population. Most places that currently have localised Coronavirus restrictions are in Tier Two, however, some tier two areas are facing restrictions for the first time, and other areas are being upgraded straight to a tier-three lockdown.
This is the highest tier of lockdown, reserved for areas with the highest infection growth rates. It includes all national measures, but also includes the following:
- Pubs and bars will be closed, except if they serve food
- Households will not be allowed to mix indoors or outdoors
- Gyms, leisure centres, betting shops, and casinos will also be instructed to close
- Schools and shops will remain open
I hope this has been some clarification for you, if you’ve been particularly confused like I was to start with. As always, stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, and follow the rules. The sooner we crush this virus, the sooner we can all go back to some form of normal.