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Can I travel to Tier 3? The restrictions as Manchester and South Yorkshire enter ‘very high’ Covid alert

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More than half of the UK population is now under some form of lockdown rules as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Millions of people are now living either under tier two or tier three regulations, which stand for “high” or “very high” alert as new measures are brought in.

Liverpool City Region and Lancashire are under tier three restrictions, which include the closure of pubs and bars unless they can serve “substantial” meals. Greater Manchester is set to follow them at midnight on Friday and Sheffield City Region the next day.

Here’s what you need to know when it comes to travelling to tier three areas.

Can I travel to a Tier 3 region?

The Government is currently advising people not to travel to and from the higher tier areas unless it is an essential journey.

This means anyone living in tier one should avoid visiting regions in tier two or three – although there are a few exceptions.

These include travelling for work or education, accessing youth services, meeting caring responsibilities, or if a person is in transit.

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, people walk past closed bars as new measures across the region are set to come into force in Liverpool, England. After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and U.S. states are trying more targeted measures as cases rise again around the world, especially in Europe and the Americas. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
Liverpool City Region, home to around 1.6 million people, was the first area of England to enter tier three( Photo: Frank Augstein/AP)

The Government’s website says: “You should also avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to higher local Covid alert levels”.

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It continues: “You may continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work, voluntary, charitable or youth services, or to access education, within a high alert level area, but you should and aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.”

What are the rules under Tier 3 lockdown?

People living in regions under tier three lockdown or “very high” alert face the most stringent controls, including the closure and a ban on households mixing.

Local leaders can decide if businesses in the personal care and leisure should remain open. This includes beauty salons and sports businesses.

Restaurants are allowed to remain open, as well as pubs that serve food. However, you will only be allowed to buy alcohol with a meal.

Travel is limited to essential journeys, as well as travelling outside the area in which the restrictions have been imposed.

Signs to forbid the use of a bank are seen at the city centre amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Preston, Lancashire, Britain October 18, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Signs to forbid the use of a bank are seen at the city centre amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Preston, Lancashire (Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters)

Which areas are under Tier 3 lockdown restrictions?

If you want to check the rules that apply in your area, you can use the Government’s postcode checker or check through the NHS Covid-19 app.

You can access the postcode checker here – it confirms the local authority of your address and clarifies that “This area is in Local Covid Alert Level Medium/High/Very High” as applicable.

Areas currently under tier three restrictions are:

Liverpool City Region

  • Liverpool
  • Knowsley
  • Wirral
  • St Helens
  • Sefton
  • Halton

Lancashire

  • Lancaster
  • Wyre
  • Ribble Valley
  • Pendle
  • Blackpool
  • Preston
  • Hyndburn
  • Fylde
  • South Ribble
  • Chorley
  • West Lancashire
  • Blackburn Darwen
  • Rossendale
  • Burnley

Greater Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Stockport
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Wigan
  • Salford
  • Rochdale
  • Oldham

South Yorkshire

  • Barnsley
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Sheffield

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