17 December 2020 14:34

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6 differences between Tier 1 and Tier 2 rules

However some parts of the country, including Bristol and North Somerset, have been lowered into Tier 2. In Tier 2, people from different households cannot mix indoors, while outdoor gatherings are limited to six people under the 'rule of six'. Retail and personal care – such as hairdressers and beauty salons – can open in all tiers, and indoor entertainment venues – such as cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys and casinos – are allowed to open in Tiers 1 and 2, but not Tier 3. Compared to Tier 2 where households can meet outside, for example in a outdoor seating area at a restaurant, groups of six are only able meet in outdoor public spaces, such as parks. According to the government guidance, people in Tier 3 areas should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays, unless it is for work, education, health or care requirements.

Matt Hancock previously said people in Tier 3 "should avoid travelling outside their area and reduce the number of journeys they make wherever possible". WHEN the second national lockdown ended at the start of December Hampshire, including Winchester, was placed under Tier 2 restrictions. In Tier 1 – medium alert – people will be able to meet in groups of six indoors and outdoors. In Tier 2 – high alert – socialising with five others will only be allowed outdoors (the so-called rule of six). Indoor entertainment venues – such as cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys and casinos – will be allowed to stay open in Tiers 1 and 2.

In Tier 1 and 2, the public are urged to reduce the number of journeys they make, plan ahead, avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Tier 1 states this is allowed with your household, support bubble, or up to 6 people. Meanwhile, in Tier 2 this is permitted with your household or support bubble. Places of worship can reopen in all tiers for collective worship, but in Tiers 2 and 3 people must not interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble. GLOUCESTERSHIRE will stay in Tier 2 over Christmas as nearby areas in the south and east of England face tougher restrictions.

MILLIONS of Brits living in Tier 3 areas of England have been urged not to travel to places with lower infection rates this Christmas. It comes amid a series of rules for people hoping to spend time with loved ones this festive season - including having to isolate for at least five days first. 2 Around 34m people living in Tier 3 have been told not to travel to lower-risk areas this Christmas Credit: W8MEDIA It comes as Wales, England and Scotland insist on different rules In a national address yesterday, Boris Johnson urged people to keep Christmas as safe - and short - as possible. Despite facing pressure from politicians and scientists, the PM says people in England will be able to form festive 'bubbles' for five days between December 23 and 27. But officials have urged all those in the highest-risk areas - which now include London and much of the south-east - to stay at home if possible.

In total, some 34 million people live in Tier 3 regions. A smaller Christmas is a safer Christmas - cut the number of bubbles and days of socialising if you can Keep it local: Don't travel from higher tiers to lower ones In guidance issued last night, the Government said: "If you are forming a Christmas bubble, you should consider carefully the risks of travelling at all. "If you live in an area with the highest level of protection, for example, Tier 3 in England, you should avoid travelling to lower prevalence areas where possible." The rules for the season - which differ across England, Scotland and Wales - have caused festive headaches for families desperately hoping to see each other. Officials want people seeing different bubbles for Christmas to cut all unnecessary social contact from at least the 20th - or earlier if there are plans to meet on the 23rd. Bubbles must be decided in advance and can't be changed - although Brits can travel between tiers and nations, as long as it's within the rules. Those in Tiers 1 and 2 can meet friends from outside bubbles - provided it's outside, as per the current rules. And crowded Boxing Day sales and New Year parties are out, with the PM telling people to stay at home in order to keep safe. "The safest way to spend this Christmas is with your own household or your existing support bubble in your own home - and we strongly recommend that this is what you do if at all possible. Meanwhile, another ten million people across London and the south-east have gone into Tier 3 lockdowns as cases surge. It comes as Boris Johnson issues a list of rules to keep people as safe as possible during the festive season The PM refused to scrap the laws allowing people to meet, telling the nation it would be "frankly inhuman" to ban Christmas and "against the instincts of everyone in this country". People in England will have more freedom than those in Scotland and Wales, where the rules are different. WALES: Only two households should form a bubble over Christmas. Shops, pubs and other venues will shut ahead of a full 'Stay at Home' lockdown from December 28. SCOTLAND: People should meet up in small bubbles for just one day over Christmas, and no overnight stays. If people have not made plans, they should stay at home. People shouldn't travel to areas where there are fewer cases of the virus. ENGLAND: Keep it small, with as few bubbles as possible. Avoid busy Boxing Day sales and New Year parties. And isolate for five days before seeing people. She said: "If you do form a bubble, you should not meet up with any one in it for more than one day over that period if possible and you should not stay overnight unless it is overnight. Mr Drakeford said the advice from the Welsh Government was that only two households should come together to "form an exclusive Christmas bubble" in Wales. Tier review announcement today: What did Matt Hancock say on December 17? Pubs, restaurants and cafes must close at the end of the day on Christmas Day - and the country will then go into a new lockdown from December 28.