What would Tier 4 restrictions be?
The existing Tier 3 restrictions are as follows:
- Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
- Wedding receptions are not allowed
- People must not meet anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The “Rule of Six” applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches
- People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘very high’ area they are in, or entering a ‘very high’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit
- People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘very high’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘very high’ area if they are resident elsewhere
Nottinghamshire will move to the highest tier on Friday 30 October, and the Department of Health said it had agreed further measures with local leaders alongside the pre-existing Tier 3 rules.
This means all hospitality venues in the area, including cafes and restaurants, can only remain open to offer substantial meals, or must move to operate a delivery and takeaway service only.
Betting shops, car boot sales and auction houses must close, as well as tattoo parlours, tanning and nail salons, and piercing services. Leisure and sporting facilities, including gyms, can remain open.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We have seen infection rates rising sharply across Nottinghamshire, and in close collaboration with local leaders we have agreed on a package of local measures to stop this virus in its tracks.
“I understand how difficult life is under these restrictions and the impact they have on families and businesses, but we never take these decisions lightly.
“I want to thank local leaders for their continued support and to extend my gratitude to the people of Nottinghamshire who have shown real resilience, consistently working together to follow the rules and help bring down rates of infection.”
Potential tier four restrictions could mean restaurants and non-essential shops are forced to close.
Under a distinct tier system created by the Department for Education, all educational institutions, including primary schools and early years settings, would be shut.
When will Tier 4 restrictions come in?
Matt Hancock ruled nothing in or out when he was asked about it on the 26 October, but it is thought new restrictions could be introduced in some parts of the country as early as November.