THE NEW RULEBOOK New Covid tier rules: What you can and can’t do in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 from today

Boris Johnson has revealed which areas will be in which Tiers after the lockdown ends today

The PM announced the nationwide shut down would end and be replaced with a new set of tiered measures to try and control the virus until the spring. Here's everything you need to know about the fresh tier system.

When will England's lockdown end?

From today, Wednesday, December 2, England will return to the tiered system once again.

It means the shutdown will end and some places will be able to reopen again.

All areas will have to abide by the government's message of hands, face, space with Brits facing new rules day-to-day which are expected to last until the end of March.

Boris Johnson outlined the new rules earlier this week
Boris Johnson outlined the new rules earlier this weekCredit: AFP

What are the rules for the three tiers?

Across all tiers, all shops and public buildings can reopen.

Christmas shopping in non-essential shops can resume from December 2 across all tiers
Christmas shopping in non-essential shops can resume from December 2 across all tiersCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Hairdressers are reopening across England
Hairdressers are reopening across England Credit: AFP or licensors
You can now go back to the nail salon as beauty services resume
You can now go back to the nail salon as beauty services resumeCredit: Getty Images - Getty

Personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and beauty salons are also allowed to open once more.

Gyms, leisure centres and indoor sport can recommence but indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3.

Keep-fit fans can hit the gym again from December 2
Keep-fit fans can hit the gym again from December 2Credit: Getty - Contributor

Places of worship can reopen and funerals and weddings can take place with restrictions.

However, attending nightclubs and large pub gatherings remain illegal across all tiers.

Going to nightclubs remains banned across the tiers
Going to nightclubs remains banned across the tiersCredit: Getty - Contributor
Group trips to the pub are still banned unless you live in a Tier 1 area and keep to the Rule of Six
Group trips to the pub are still banned unless you live in a Tier 1 area and keep to the Rule of SixCredit: Getty - Contributor
Cinemas will remain shut in Tier 3 areas
Cinemas will remain shut in Tier 3 areasCredit: Getty - Contributor

Tier 1

Rule of six and 10pm curfew - but people will have until 11pm to finish drinks and leave.

Tier 2

Alcohol can only be served as part of a substantial meal. Rule of six applies outside for meeting people, and no household mixing inside.

Tier 3

Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality will have to close, but can do takeaway, delivery and drive through.

Indoor entertainment will have to shut - including cinemas, casinos, bowling alleys, soft play and other venues will have to close.

No households are allowed to mix inside or out, but they can mix in some public places like parks if they abide by the rule of six.

Businesses that will be forced to shut will be able to access the same furlough package of support that they had before.

What Tier will I be in?

More than 99 per cent of the country has been placed in the top two tiers - and just the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the lower Tier 1 - a total of 700,000 people.

Some 32 million people in England - just over 56 per cent of the population - will be in Tier 2, and nearly 42 per cent (23 million people) in Tier 3.

The Government's postcode checker crashed this morning as thousands of people tried to see what their new tiers would be.

Matt Hancock unveiled the new tiers on November 26 in the House of Commons - confirming the "stay at home" order will end, and shops, gyms and personal care will reopen.

Mr Hancock said: "We cannot simply flick a switch and try to return to life straight back to normal.

"If we did this we would undo the hard work of so many and see the NHS overwhelmed."

Liverpool is being hailed as a success story after mass testing by the Army helped bring infection rates down to 162 per 100,000 people from 700 five weeks ago.

It has gone from Tier 3 into Tier 2 and provides a model for others to get out of the top tier too.


What will be able to reopen?

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can return from today, December 2.

And close contact services will be allowed - including beauty appointments, tattoos, nails and haircuts.

Officials were concerned that they would be unable to stop people going from Tier 3 areas into Tier 2 ones to sneak in an appointment before Christmas - so made the blanket rules.

Venues must continue to be Covid-secure with visors and face-masks to protect both customers and staff.

Can I see the football now?

Sports fans in Britain can return to indoor and outdoor events from today, December 2 onwards as the PM relaxes the sport coronavirus rules for Christmas.

In a huge boost for the nation, fans in Tier 1 and 2 will be allowed to watch Premier League games and other sporting events in the flesh after the lockdown ends.

A set number of fans will be allowed into stadiums to cheer on their teams.

However, those in Tier 3 areas will continue to be locked out.

Can I get married?

Weddings will be able to take place across England - but receptions will be banned in the top Tier 3.

The rules will go back to how they were in October - with 15 guests allowed at weddings and civil partnership ceremonies.

Mr Johnson said: "Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, and shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen."

The tiers list in full

Tier 1: Medium alert
South East

  • Isle of Wight

South West

  • Cornwall
  • Isles of Scilly

Tier 2: High alert
North West

  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Warrington and Cheshire


  • York
  • North Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

East Midlands

  • Rutland
  • Northamptonshire

East of England

  • Suffolk
  • Hertfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
  • Norfolk
  • Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
  • Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes


  • all 32 boroughs plus the City of London

South East

  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Surrey
  • Reading
  • Wokingham
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • West Berkshire
  • Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire

South West

  • South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Dorset
  • Bournemouth
  • Christchurch
  • Poole
  • Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire and Swindon
  • Devon

Tier 3: Very High alert
North East

  • Tees Valley Combined Authority:
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Darlington
  • North East Combined Authority:
  • Sunderland
  • South Tyneside
  • Gateshead
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • County Durham
  • Northumberland

North West

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire and The Humber

  • The Humber
  • West Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Birmingham and Black Country
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

East Midlands

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire

South East

  • Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
  • Kent and Medway

South West

  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset

Can I go on holiday?

Yes, this will be legal but it will likely be still discouraged as part of efforts to drive down the virus.

However, people won't face a £200 fine for going away any more.

The rules will apply for both foreign and domestic holidays.

But people living in or going to Tier 3 areas won't be able to stay in hotels or another accommodation as they will have to close.

It's expected that ministers will soon announce that the quarantine will be slashed down from 14 days too - giving hope for winter holidays for millions of Brits.

Are there any exemptions?

The Government is expanding eligibility of "support bubble" - in good news for new parents.

Anyone with a newborn child under one year old (or under five, but with a disability that necessitates continuous care) can bubble up with another household.

And the new rules will also apply for those households where a single adult cares for someone with such a disability.

What about Christmas?

Ministers agreed to UK-wide set of travel rules which will come into play over the festive period.

Up to three households will be allowed to mix over a period of five days in December, from the 23rd to the 27th, and there will be no limits on numbers except in Scotland, where the max will be eight.

Over these five days the three households will have to form an exclusive bubble and not mix with others.

There will be a relaxation of restrictions on overnight stays, and people will be allowed to travel freely across Tiers.

People in their 'Christmas bubble' will be able to go to other people's homes, church or public spaces together - but wont be able to go to the pub or out for meals in any indoor settings

How have the Government chosen which Tier to go into?

They looked at the following before making decisions:

  • Case rates in all age groups;
  • Case rates in the over 60s;
  • The rate at which cases are rising or falling;
  • The number of cases as a percentage of tests taken
  • Pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy.

Source: The SUN