Coronavirus Restrictions at Christmas and New Year (Lockdown #3)

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Posted 19th Dec 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a series of new rules for the Christmas holiday and a whole new tier in the tier system.

Tier 4 restrictions have been announced with a list of counties and regions going into it from midnight 20/12/2020 until at the earliest 30th December 2020.



The following areas going into Tier 4 are:

Kent
Buckinghamshire
Berkshire
Surrey (excluding Waverley)
The boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings
All 32 London boroughs and the city of London.
Bedford, Central Bedfordshire Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring).

Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford has also announced that the whole of Wales will also go into a full lockdown from midnight 20/12/2020 as well, the rules of this lockdown are similar to those in England's tier 4 areas.

As of Boxing Day the following areas will go into Tier 4:

Sussex
Oxfordshire
Suffolk
Norfolk
Cambridgeshire
Essex (those not currently in Tier 4 already)
Waverly (Surry)
Hampshire (including Portsmouth and Southampton, excluding the New Forest)

As of New Years Eve the following areas will go into Tier 4

Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Northamptonshire
Derbyshire
Nottinghamshire
Black Country (including Birmingham, Solihull)
Coventry
Warwickshire
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
Lancashire
Cheshire and Warrington
Cumbria
Greater Manchester
Tees Valley
North East
Gloucestershire
Somerset council
Swindon
Bournemouth
Isle of Wight
New Forest



What are the rules for Tier 4?

A stay at home order is being issued to residents - although those who have to travel for education or work may continue to do so.

Social mixing will be restricted to meeting one other person from outside your household in an open public space.

All non-essential retail will have to close, along with hairdressers, nail bars and indoor entertainment venues.

Support bubbles remain unaffected, as do the exemptions for separated parents and their children.

No-one in tier four will be allowed to join Christmas Day bubbles in tiers one to three.



So what does this mean for Christmas and Nwe Year?

England:

It was previously announced that there would be 5 days between the 23rd - 27th where you could visit one other household and form a bubble over the Christmas holiday this has now been revised to just Christmas Day for most of England and anywhere with tier 4 restrictions will have the entire grace period scrapped.

People in tier 1 - 3 areas who plan to travel must stay local, preferably in their own tier where possible.

Those in Tier 4 restrictions cannot mix households indoors or outdoors, not even on Christmas Day, this excludes support bubbles.

Those in Tier 4 restrictions will have their rules reviewed on the 30th December 2020.

Wales:

Wales will go into a full lockdown, so like England they will reduce the relaxation of rules from 5 days to just Christmas Day. Travel from other parts of the UK will not be permitted.

Scotland:

Same as England and Wales, just Christmas Day instead of the 5 days. Also travel from other parts of the UK will not be allowed.



Source - BBC News: Covid-19: Christmas rules tightened for England and Wales - BBC News

Please follow these rules and stay safe this Christmas, hope you all make the most of this Christmas season even though it will be tough. Merry Christmas from me
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