UK Coronavirus lockdown restrictions vary between countries, meaning residents and business owners in England, Scotland and Wales all need to adhere to different rules. While England and Scotland favour ‘tiered’ lockdowns, Wales is imposing blanket restrictions right across the country.
What are the lockdown rules for England?
Lockdown Tier One
This is for areas considered as ‘medium risk’ and restrictions are placed on both indoor and outdoor meetings. The ‘rule of six’ means meetings of groups of more than six people are not allowed unless you’re in a larger household or a support bubble.
There’s also a 10pm curfew on pubs, bars, and restaurants.
Lockdown Tier Two
Areas considered as ‘high risk’ will once again be placed into Tier Two, which will include all Tier One rules and also stipulate that you can only meet in groups of up to six people when outdoors. There’s also a ban on indoor meetings to socialise with people you don’t live with. This includes private homes, pubs, restaurants, or any other venues. You can still meet people in your support bubble and provide childcare for Under 14s.
Lockdown Tier Three
Tier Three is for ‘very high-risk’ areas and includes all Tier One and Two restrictions. It also includes a ban on meeting indoors with anyone who isn’t part of your support bubble, as well as on meetings in certain outdoor locations, including private or pub gardens. You can, however, meet at parks and beaches, along with countryside or forest areas, so long as you are in a group of six or less.
Travel is not permitted outside of a Tier Three lockdown area other than for work, education, youth services or caring work, and all pubs must close unless they regularly serve ‘substantial meals’. Alcohol can only be served as part of a meal.
What are the lockdown rules for Scotland?
Scotland’s tiered lockdown system will see each region moving into one of five levels - Level Zero being the lowest risk and Level Four being the highest risk:
Life is as close to pre-Covid as possible.
Six people from two households can meet indoors and up to six people from two households can meet outdoors or at a pub or restaurant. Hospitality venues have a 10:30pm curfew.
Gatherings between households inside people’s homes is not permitted, but up to six people from two households can meet outdoors or at a Covid-secure pub or restaurant. Most hospitality venues can open. Alcohol can be served indoors with a meal until 8pm and outdoors until 10:30pm.
Gatherings between households inside people’s homes is not permitted. Pubs and restaurants can open until 6pm but can’t serve alcohol. Leisure and entertainment venues are closed and non-essential travel in or out of a Level three zone isn’t permitted.
Restrictions similar to full lockdown.
What are the lockdown rules for Wales?
Wales has taken a slightly different approach from England and Scotland, and is favouring a set of national restrictions right across the country over the tiered approach.
The main rules in Wales are as follows:
- The maximum number of people that can meet is four, including children under 11
- Face coverings must still be worn in indoor public places
- Do not mix in other people’s homes, except in very limited circumstances.
- If you do need to see other people, try to stick to a bubble of one or two people - it’s safer to see the same one or two people regularly than to see lots of different people occasionally
- Try to meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible, even in circumstances where the law allows you to meet indoors
- Always be mindful of social distancing, even outdoors
- Work from home if you can
- Pubs, cafes and restaurants are banned from selling alcohol on the premises and all must close at 6pm. Takeaway services can continue after 6pm.
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