January 19, 2021

Tier 3 lockdown rules: what are the very high alert level restrictions? – Telegraph.co.uk


Do hairdressers need to close in Tier 3?

No. Hairdressers and beauty salons are not automatically shut in Tier 3 areas, despite other businesses being told to close.

However, hairdressers could later be closed if cases surge or fail to slow in those areas.

Hairdressers and beauty salons are deemed a lower risk than pubs and bars – which in Tier 3 must close – because there are fewer households mixing.

Do gyms have to close?

Under the revised tier system, gyms will be allowed to remain open in Tier 3, as will leisure and sports facilities.

But indoor group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.

Saunas and steam rooms will also close under the latest measures.

Read more: How gyms will reopen in December under the three-tier lockdown system

Can I go to work?

The government has advised that anyone who cannot work from home should go to work. Whether they can work from home depends on the nature of the job and on consultations between employees and employers. 

It is permissible to travel in and out of Tier 3 areas for work purposes.

Read more: Can I travel between Tiers?

Can I meet people outside?

You must not meet outdoors with anyone outside of your household or support bubble, unless there are no more than six people and the meeting takes place in certain open spaces. This includes parks, beaches, the countryside, forests, public gardens and playgrounds. You may not meet in a private garden.

Larger groups can be broken up and fined by police, starting at £200 and doubling for each further offence to a maximum of £6,400.

Can I see my partner?

Under Tier 3, people cannot visit other households indoors unless they are part of a support bubble. This is when a single-adult household joins socially with exclusively other household.

Unless your partner is part of your social bubble, Tier 3 rules do not permit you to meet indoors. You may only meet in public, open spaces and must maintain social distancing outdoors. 

Read more: Dating during lockdown 

Can shops stay open? 

Most shops can remain open so long as they are Covid-secure. Depending on where you live, some additional restrictions are in place.

Can restaurants and pubs stay open?

 When lockdown ends on December  2 pubs and restaurants in Tier 3 will be required to operate takeaway only.

Restaurants will be told close between 11pm and 5am, apart from hospitality venues in service stations and ports. 

Businesses that fail to comply with the restrictions face fines of up to £10,000.

Customers must wear facemasks indoors unless seated to eat and drink. You must put a face covering back on once you finish eating or drinking. Expect staff to be wearing their facemasks too.

The Government advises that one person from your group should give their contact details to the venue or check in using the NHS Covid-19 app.

Read more: New Covid lockdown rules for England

Are outdoor sports allowed?