New coronavirus rules explained for areas under draconian tier three lockdown

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New restrictions are set to be rolled out across the country that will see the hardest-hit areas plunged under tough lockdown rules.

For areas where coronavirus is spreading the most dangerously, Boris Johnson has set out tight rules that will see pubs close and a ban on households mixing.

The three tier system – also known as the traffic light system – sees regions classified as medium, high or very high.

Medium towns and cities will have to adhere to national rules such as the rule of six and the 10pm curfew.

High regions will be subjected to the same rules as tier one, along with a ban on households mixing indoors.

Only two households will be allowed to mix, and only in outdoor spaces.

As for the regions where the virus is the most concerning, strict new rules are set to be imposed.

What is Tier 3?

Tier 3 areas are at very high risk of coronavirus and will face the toughest local restrictions.

There will be a complete ban on mixing with people from outside your household, in any setting.

Pubs and bars in tier 3 areas will have to close, unless they also operate as restaurants.

Alcohol can only be served with meals.

Each local area will decide whether to close gyms and casinos, and there will be a furlough-style scheme introduced to compensate staff.

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Wedding receptions will not be allowed in tier three areas.

People will be advised against travelling in and out of the area, unless they are going for work, education, or to meet caring responsibilities. Overnight stays should also be avoided.

Schools, non-essential shops and universities will remain open.

Where will be classed as Tier 3?

Liverpool City Region is currently the only local area to have been placed in Tier Three.

Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Halton will all be under the tough new regulations.

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2,987 cases have been reported in Liverpool in the week to 6 September. According to the city council, the weekly rate in the city is 599.7 per 100,000 population. And in nearby Knowsley, it rises to over 657.6.

Areas will move between tiers depending on their level of coronavirus. 

In general, where tier two doesn’t work, leaders will look at tier three restrictions.

How long will it last?

According to Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, the restrictions will be expected to last for four week blocks – meaning they will be reviewed after four weeks, and either reduced or kept in place for another four weeks.

How will it be measured?

Areas in England with the highest proportion of Covid-19 cases would be classified as tier three under the new system.

Various reports suggest that rules will be determined by the rate of infection, although the rate of increase could be an important factor, as well as total number of cases.

Most suggest that for tier 1 cases could be less than 100 per 100,000 people in the population.

Tier 2 would then be triggered when cases spiral past 100 per 100,000.

For tier three, stricter rules would be enforced when tier 2 restrictions fail to get the numbers down.

  • Boris Johnson
  • Coronavirus
  • Lockdown

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