What are the Tier 1 COVID lockdown rules – and which areas are included?

James Morris
·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
·2-min read

Watch: How England's new three-tier COVID system will work

England is returning to a three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions after the national lockdown ends on 2 December.

Boris Johnson announced the “tougher” system on Monday, with the government listing which areas are in which tiers on Thursday.

Only a handful of areas were placed in the least severe Tier 1 (see the full list at the bottom of this page).

Here are key guidelines people in Tier 1 areas must follow:

  • Social gatherings of up to six people are allowed indoors or outdoors

  • The majority of businesses are allowed to remain open, provided they are COVID secure

  • Pubs and restaurants must close at 11pm, with last orders at 10pm

  • Other venues such as casinos, cinemas, theatres and museums must close at 11pm

  • Attendance at shows, performances or sporting events is allowed at whichever is lower out of a 50% capacity, or maximum 4,000 people outdoors and 1,000 indoors

  • Groups of up to six can attend a place of worship

  • Up to 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, with up to 30 at funerals

  • Organised sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue outdoors. Indoors, they are allowed in groups of up to six

The following venues are allowed to open in all three tiers:

  • Non-essential retail shops, as well as indoor and outdoor markets

  • Leisure centres, gyms, dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds

  • Close contact personal care shops such as barbers and hairdressers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons

  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres

This map by Yahoo News UK shows which areas are in which tier:

These are the areas of England in Tier 1:

South East

  • Isle of Wight

South West

  • Cornwall

  • Isles of Scilly