The Three-Tier Lockdown Changes

New lockdown restrictions are coming into force across huge swathes of England today.

Every area has been placed in one of three restrictive tiers to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

The whole of Staffordshire remains at tier one – medium risk – and is subject to the least restrictions.

But neighbouring Cheshire East and parts of High Peak have been placed in tier two – high risk.

So what are the lockdown restrictions where you live? Here are the tier lockdown rules, curfew and support bubbles explained.

Tier 1 – medium

For people in the ‘medium’ tier, which is the majority of England the lockdown rules include the rule of six as well as a 10pm curfew for the hospitality sector.

This tier covers Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle borough, Stafford borough and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Tier 2 – high

If your area falls into tier 2, or ‘high’, the same rules apply, but the Government is also banning any interactions between households indoors unless they are part of a support bubble.

The rule of six applies for socialising outside, and pubs, bars and restaurants have a 10pm curfew.

This is in place for Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Warrington, parts of Derbyshire, Lancashire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North East, Tees Valley, West Midlands, Leicester and Nottingham.

Tier 3 – very high

Tier 3 applies to areas in England where the virus is transmitting rapidly and where the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed.

It sees the closure of pubs and bars, no mixing of households either indoors or outdoors, residents told to avoid non-essential travel and travel outside the area advised against.

Local leaders will decide whether gyms, casinos, hairdressers, beauty salons and betting shops should close.

Restaurants and pubs which can operate as restaurants are allowed to stay open.

Currently, the Liverpool City Region is the only area to be placed under these measures, including Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Halton.