What are the new tier system rules after Covid lockdown ends?

Matt Hancock has today announced where each region falls in England’s three-tier system, with millions placed under the toughest coronavirus

Matt Hancock has today announced where each region falls in England’s three-tier system, with millions placed under the toughest coronavirus measures when lockdown ends on December 2.

Large urban areas such as Greater Manchester and Birmingham have been placed in Tier 3. London and Liverpool are in Tier 2 and just three regions were placed in Tier 1. Use our postcode tool to find out what tier you fall under.

A “uniform set of measures” will apply by tier across the country until spring, rather than negotiations with individual local authorities.

All three tiers will face limits on gatherings and rules to cover faces, but non-essential retail will reopen and international travel will resume.

On December 23, restrictions will be relaxed in all tiers until December 28 to allow three households to celebrate together indoors, outdoors or in a place of worship.

On the evening after the announcement of the tier system, the Prime Minister and his chief scientists suggested that Covid-19 cases will rise in Tier 1, remain stable in Tier 2, and fall in Tier 3. 

Mr Johnson shared that the tier which your area is placed under is “not your destiny” and that things will be a lot better by April. He also warned that we must not “take our foot off the throat of the beast now”.

How many people will be affected by the harshest restrictions?

23.3 million people in England, which is 41.5 per cent of the population, will face the highest tier restrictions once the national lockdown expires after December 2. 

This total is constructed of 119 local authority areas, among which Birmingham has the largest population, with 1.1 million people. Meanwhile, Melton in Leicestershire has the smallest population, with 51,200 people. 

Despite 119 locations entering Tier 3 on December 2, only eight are currently showing signs that their Covid-19 cases are rising. Seven of these are located in South East England and include Dover, Folkestone & Hythe, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge & Malling, and Tunbridge Wells. However, the eighth is Hyndburn in the North West.

A further 32.2 million people, 57.3% of the population, will enter Tier 2 once the current lockdown ends. 

The whole of London has been placed in Tier 2. However, this includes the area of Havering, which has the highest rate in the second tier. This rate is higher than 92 of the 119 regions in the higher bracket of Tier 3. 

Tier 1 / medium level

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