Details of which tier each part of the country would be placed into, from next Wednesday, were revealed this morning (Thursday) by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
As reported yesterday, council leaders had pleaded for the government to take a district-by-district approach for Lincolnshire due to the wide variations in the numbers of cases across the county. However, as things stand, Lincolnshire has been placed into Tier 3 in its entirety - alongside most of the East Midlands region.
The key restrictions for Tier 3 (‘Very High Alert’) are as follows:
• You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble. This includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.
• You must not socialise in a group of more than six in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility.
• Hospitality venues such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – although they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
• Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close, although there are several exemptions such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.
Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
• Indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres, laser quests and escape rooms, cinemas, theatres and concert halls, snooker halls, indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close.
• Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close.
• There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators.
• Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events.
• Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble unless a legal exemption applies.
• Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
• Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue. However, higher-risk contact activity should not take place.
• Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors, although some exceptions apply.
• You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
• Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays (other than where necessary such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities). You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.
• For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for further updates and more information about the new tier restrictions.
As reported previously, the some of the restrictions will be temporarily relaxed for a few days over the Christmas period (December 23-27).
Visit the Government website for further details about forming a ‘Christmas bubble’ and what restrictions will be in place during this period.