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16 October 2020 16:30

Lockdown Yorkshire Boris Johnson

Lancashire to go into Tier 3 lockdown - the rules on what you can and can't do

Lancashire "looks like" it will become the next area to move to Tier 3 of England's coronavirus restrictions, a senior local leader has told Sky News. Liverpool City Region is currently the only place under the highest category of the government's new three-tier system for localised restrictions. Under Tier 3, people are banned from socialising with other households both indoors and in private gardens, while bars and pubs are closed unless they can operate as restaurants only. Yesterday, several major areas moved up to Tier 2 - including London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield, and York. Tier 2 restrictions mean people cannot meet other households socially indoors - whether at home or at other venues such as pubs.

Boris Johnson has unveiled a new three-tier Covid strategy which divides England into areas of medium, high and very high alert level. Initially, the Liverpool city region was the only area moving into tier three – the most serious "very high" alert category – which carry the most severe new restrictions. The system, however, is subject to change, with the Prime Minister warning that the coming months would "test the mettle" of the nation as it faces a second wave of Covid cases – here's how you can check the exact restrictions in place for your area. The first tier applies in areas where national restrictions continue to be in place, which currently means: People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place including bars and restaurants. Working on budding relationships or navigating the dating world was already tough enough, and now new coronavirus restrictions are set to make things even harder for couples who don't live together and singletons looking for love.

From midnight today, individuals from different households in London, Essex, York, North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield will be banned from mixing indoors, under Tier 2 restrictions. This means that people won't be able to have their partners in their homes, if they've not already formed a support bubble, and a ban on meeting new dates in indoor settings such as pubs and restaurants. Meanwhile, those living under Tier 3 restrictions in Liverpool, which will also come into force in Lancashire tonight, will not be able to go on dates, due to a ban on socialising with anyone outside your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, private garden and most outdoor hospitality venues. Guidance also suggests that 'in the early stages of a relationship, you should take particular care to follow the guidance on social distancing' and remain two metres apart from people you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) where possible. You may continue to see your partner at your home in Tier 2 and Tier 3 if you have formed a support bubble with them since September 14, or already live in the same household as them.

You may continue to see partners you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. You should only be inside venues and homes with people you live with or have formed a support bubble with. In Tier 2, people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. But, if you live in Tier 3 you can only socialise with people in your household or support bubble, even in outdoor settings, which spells trouble for new romances and budding relationships. You must not meet anyone from outside your househod in any indoor setting in either Tier 2 or 3, unless they're in your support bubble.

No. If you live in a 'tier two' area you also cannot meet indoors with people from outside of the area, unless exceptions apply (see below). You can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble. No. You can only travel within high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation with people in your household or support bubble. No hotel stays with dates: You can only travel within high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation with people in your household or support bubble (stock photo) No. People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. This means staying two metres apart from people you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place, such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors.

No. You must not meet socially with your dates indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. No dates inside a restaurant: You must not meet socially with your dates indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them (stock photo) Yes. You can gather in groups of six outside at venues which are following Covid-secure guidance, including pubs, restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues and places of worship. So you should avoid travelling with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing. You may continue to see partners you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space (stock photo) You can't meet with anyone outside of your household/support bubble in any indoor setting - i.e. homes, restaurants. Unlike Tier 2, you must not meet with people outside of your household/support bubble in a private garden 'or in most outdoor public venues'. However you can continue to see people you don't live with in groups of six or less in the following outdoor places: Venues that are 'Covid-19 secure' can host more people, but no one must mix indoors with anyone who is not their household. Restrictions on businesses and venues in Tier 3 areas include: businesses and venues must ensure people do not meet in their premises with people from outside of their household or support bubble. You can move home and travel to go to university but there are some stricter rules in place for areas in very high alert level areas: students living at their university term time address in a High alert level area should follow the same guidance on meeting other people and travel as others in that area. meet people you do not live with in their home inside the area, unless they're in your household, childcare or support bubble host people you do not live with in your home, if they live in the affected area, unless they're in your childcare or support bubble meet people you do not live with in their student halls, whether inside or outside of the area, unless they're in your childcare or support bubble host people you do not live with in your home or student halls if they live in a High alert level area (unless they're in your household, support bubble or childcare bubble) But you may travel to hotels and other guest accommodation within that area but should only do this with people in your household/support bubble. You can still attend places of worship, but must not mingle with anyone outside of your household/support bubble. Funerals can take place in 'Covid-19 secure' venues or public outdoor spaces with up to 30 people in attendance. People living outside of a very high alert level area can travel to this area to attend an event, but they must not meet with another household indoors or stay over.