The government has announced that millions more people will be plunged into strict new restrictions from tomorrow.
Three-quarters of England will be under tier four lockdown restrictions, Matt Hancock has announced, making New Year’s Eve parties impossible.
The Health Secretary said the Midlands, the North East, parts of the North West and parts of the South West are moving into the toughest tier, joining millions of people in London and the South East.
Almost all remaining areas will be moved into tier three, except for the Isles of Scilly, which will remain in tier one, the lowest level of restrictions.
So what are the new tiers? Here is a full list, which comes into force from tomorrow.
Tier 1: Medium alert
- Isles of Scilly
Tier 2: High alert
No areas will be in tier 2
Tier 3: Very high alert
- Liverpool City Region
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Devon, Plymouth and Torbay
- Areas covered by Dorset Council
- North Somerset
- South Gloucestershire
- Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin
Yorkshire and The Humber
- City of York and North Yorkshire
- The Humber: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull/Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire
- South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotheram, Sheffield)
- West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield)
Tier 4: Stay at Home
East of England
- Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes
- Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock
- Derby and Derbyshire
- Leicester City and Leicestershire
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
- All 32 London boroughs plus City of London
- North East Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland)
- North of Tyne Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland)
- Tees Valley Combined Authority (this area includes the local authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees)
- Greater Manchester
- Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool
- Warrington and Cheshire
- Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
- Gloucestershire (Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester City, Stroud and Tewkesbury)
- Somerset (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset)
- Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
What are the rules in the different tiers?
For a full list of everything you can and cannot do in the different tiers, read the government website here.
In tier four – which will cover most of the country – people must not leave their home or garden unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ including where reasonably necessary for work, education, exercise or open air recreation and essential activities such as medical appointments and to buy food.
People should only meet alone with one other person from outside their household, however meeting support bubbles is permitted.
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