What is tier 3 lockdown and which areas are under the Covid restrictions?

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THE UK’s entire 67 million population is living under some sort of Covid-19 restrictions, but the rules vary depending in which tier you are in.

In England, to tackle a swiftly accelerating second coronavirus wave, areas have been categorised in tiers of one to three - here are the locations under tier 3, which has the severest restrictions.

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Coronavirus cases are also rising in London, above


Coronavirus cases are also rising in London, aboveCredit: London News Pictures

What is Tier 3 lockdown?

Tier Three has the most serious measures - including a closure of pubs and bars and a ban on overnight stays outside the home.

However, restaurants and "food-based" pubs can remain open and you're allowed to order an alcoholic drink as long as it is with a "substantial meal".

Casinos, bookmakers and gyms are also shut under Tier 3.

Local politicians will decide whether businesses in the personal care, entertainment, sports and leisure should remain open - like beauty salons and sports.

Non-essential shops, schools, colleges and universities can remain open.

Non-essential travel is advised against, as well as travelling outside the area in which the restrictions have been imposed.

PM Boris Johnson said: "The exact restrictions at this level, Very High, will be worked out with local leaders, along with tailored packages of support."

The move will come as another blow to the hospitality industry left reeling after a 10pm curfew already in place.

Pubs and restaurants have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic


Pubs and restaurants have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemicCredit: Kerry Elsworth

Which areas are under Tier 3 lockdown restrictions now?

Areas currently under Tier 3 restrictions are:

Warrington (from midnight October 26)

South Yorkshire

Barnsley Doncaster Rotherham Sheffield

Liverpool City Region

Liverpool Knowsley Wirral St Helens Sefton Halton


Lancaster Wyre Ribble Valley Pendle Blackpool Preston Hyndburn Fylde South Ribble Chorley West Lancashire Blackburn Darwen Rossendale Burnley

Greater Manchester

City of Manchester Bolton Bury Manchester Oldham Rochdale Salford Stockport Tameside Trafford Wigan


When was Greater Manchester moved into Tier 3 lockdown?

Boris Johnson announced stringent new coronavirus controls on 2.8million people in Greater Manchester after talks with local leaders failed to reach agreement.

Manchester was plunged into Tier 3 after tense crunch talks with Downing Street resulted in an angry stalemate as both sides continue to fight over a deal.

Speaking on October 20, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I bitterly regret any restrictions that lead to damage to business and people's lives.”

“Nobody wants to put people in Greater Manchester through the experience they have been.

“Andy Burnham is right in what he says about the length of endurance Greater Manchaster has shown. The £22 million, that is additional to other support.”

“This is a Government that has put 190 billion already into supporting business and jobs across the country we are investing huge sums of money to support local authorities and another £1 billion.”

“Greater Manchester will have 'access to all kinds of funds."

What are the Tier 3 restrictions?

Tier 3 covers areas with a very high level of coronavirus infections and mean that:

You must not socialise with anybody you don't live with or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events You are banned from socialising in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue Pubs and bars must close unless they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals Schools, universities and places of worship remain open Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees - BUT wedding receptions are banned Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors You should continue to work from home where you can effectively do so

For those areas placed under a very high alert level, the government will also try to agree additional interventions with local authorities, including:

Closing all hospitality (except takeaway and delivery) Shutting indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and tourist attractions Closing venues such as leisure centres and gyms Shutting public buildings, such as libraries and community centres Closing personal care and close contact services

Members of the hospitality industry demonstrate in London against tougher coronavirus restrictions, October 19


Members of the hospitality industry demonstrate in London against tougher coronavirus restrictions, October 19Credit: EPA

When do Tier 3 lockdown restrictions come into force?

Restrictions in the Liverpool City Region came into force at midnight on Wednesday October 14.

The rules in Lancashire were enforced on Saturday, October 17.

Greater Manchester will shortly join those areas in Tier 3 on Friday, October 23.

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How long will Tier Three lockdown restrictions last?

The measures will be reviewed every four weeks, but this does not necessarily mean they will be in place for a specific amount of time.

The restrictions will be eased depending on the current data.

The PM said: "Areas within the Very High Alert category will be reviewed every four weeks and nowhere will be shut down indefinitely."

But it's been insinuated that some of the restrictions could be in place for six months.

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