Everything you can’t do in Tier 3 as parts of the UK move up a Covid alert level

As millions more Brits move into Tier 3 on Wednesday, going to the pub and football will be banned once again.

Weekend plans across London and parts of Hertfordshire and Essex will have been thrown out the window on Monday when Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced these areas would face tougher coronavirus restrictions.

The main thing residents shifting from Tier 2 to 3 will be leaving behind is the ability to eat and drink out at a pub or restaurant.

Under Tier 2 restrictions, hospitality venues which which serve food remain open for members of the same household to eat and drink inside and others to dine outside.

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In Tier 3, however, those same places must only open for takeaway and delivery business.

People still enjoying Tier 2 freedoms can go to casinos, go bowling, skating and visit museums and galleries — while those living in Very High alert areas cannot.

Hotels and Airbnb properties, along with cinemas and theatres otherwise open in Tier 2, are also forced shut in areas where the Covid-19 infection rate is at its highest.

In better news, activities Tier 3 dwellers do not have to give up are getting a haircut, shopping for non-essential items and, bizarrely, a relaxing spa day with a sauna and steam room.

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The government's Tier 2 rules state you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

Even when outside, you must not socialise in a group of more than six, which is the same in Tier 3.

As a result of Monday's announcement in the House of Commons, the only Premier League football clubs still in Tier 2 which can host 2,000 fans are Brighton, Southampton, Liverpool and Everton.

Indoor events for performances and shows can also be filled to 50% capacity or 1,000 people – whichever is lowest.

No spectators are allowed at all for events in tier three and the likes of bingo halls, arcades and escape rooms must all close until further notice.

England's three tiers of restrictions will all be relaxed for five days over Christmas from December 22 to 27 despite grave warnings from scientists.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on the government to rethink the loosening of rules in light of soaring infection rates in parts of the country.

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