Tier 3 shopping rules: Do shops close in Tier 3?

Sadiq Khan urges Londoners to 'shop safe' to avoid tier three

Tiered restrictions are in place across England following the second lockdown ending at the beginning of December. The tiered restrictions were tightened when lockdown ended, in the hopes of driving down the R-rate to below one. Current estimates place the R-rate – or rate of reproduction of coronavirus – at 0.9 to one.

This is higher than the week before, which was estimated to be between 0.8 and one.

An R-rate of 0.9 to one means for every 10 people infected with Covid-19, between 9 and 10 other people will catch the virus.

This week the tier system is due to be reviewed, and areas have the chance of escalating up or going down the tiers dependent on the latest data.

On Wednesday, December 16, the tier system will be reviewed and areas will find out whether they will stay the same or be moved up or down a tier.

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However, these new tiers will only be in effect for a few days as some restrictions will be suspended for the Christmas period.

From December 23 to 27, Britons can create Christmas bubbles with up to three households.

You must only be in one Christmas bubble, however, you can meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in.

The strictest tier is Tier 3, and will Christmas coming up those in Tier 3 may be wondering if they can head to the shops.

Do shops close in Tier 3?

Currently, there are several areas under Tier 3 restrictions, which is classified as very high alert.

Areas in Tier 3 includes the East Midlands, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

All non-essential shops were permitted to reopen from December 2, when lockdown ended.

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So if you need to get some last-minute shopping done before Christmas you should be able to do so.

Shops are enforcing their own social distancing and may ask customers to wait outside if they reach capacity.

Customers are asked to wear face masks when in stores or inside a closed shopping centre, and to sanitise their hands regularly.

However, pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues are closed under Tier 3 rules.

Indoor entertainment venues, like cinemas and bowling alleys are also closed under Tier 3.

Tier 3 rules prevent residents from meeting anyone indoors or outdoors in some public places if they are not in their support bubble or living with them.

However you can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) in some outdoor public places, in a group of up to six.

This limit of six includes children of any age.

Outdoor public places you can meet in a group of up to six include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • outdoor sports courts and facilities
  • playgrounds

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