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.
The Government’s website says: “You should also avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to higher local Covid alert levels”.
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.
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
- St Helens
- Ribble Valley
- South Ribble
- West Lancashire
- Blackburn Darwen