From 2 December, England is in a tiered system of Covid-19 restrictions.

Here’s just a few of the rules for each tier. You can find more detail about each tier on the gov.uk website.

Tier 1

  • You must not meet in groups larger than six people indoors or outdoors.
  • Businesses and venues can remain open, other than those which remain closed by law
  • Pubs, restaurants and bars must stop taking orders after 10pm, and close between 11pm and 5am.

Tier 2

  • You must not meet anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble indoors; groups larger than 6 are not allowed to meet outside.
  • Businesses and venues can remain open, other than those which remain closed by law
  • Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants. Alcohol can only be served with substantial meals.

Tier 3

  • You must not meet anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble indoors or at most outdoor places. In other outdoor places, such as parks and beaches, groups larger than 6 are banned.
  • Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must close, although they can continue to provide takeaways and deliveries.

Please note that there will be variations of these rules from 23-27 December. More information on the rules for Christmas.

Face coverings

People over the age of 10 must wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and in other indoor spaces like museums, cinemas and places of worship.

Customers in hospitality venues, including pubs, bars and restaurants, must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings.

Exceptions include:

  • physical or mental illness, impairment or disability which prevents you wearing a face covering
  • taking medicine, eating and drinking when necessary
  • lip reading
  • travelling to escape harm
  • if you are asked to remove your face covering by someone in authority

Reporting a violation of the rules

Please make sure you understand what is and is not allowed before you get in touch with us. We particularly want you to tell us about large gatherings of people obviously from different households.

You can tell us about a breach of the coronavirus rules online.

More on what you can and cannot do on GOV.UK