Matt Hancock announces Covid tiers by region
Author: Rafi Benady | Thursday 26th November 2020
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has today announced the Tiers each region in England will be in after lockdown ends next week, on December 2.
Most notably, Greater Manchester and Birmingham will remain in Tier 3. This means you cannot socialise with anyone indoors who isn’t in your support bubble, and you must not socialise outdoors in groups of more than six in some outdoor spaces. Bars, pubs, cafes, and restaurants are only allowed to operate takeaway services. Hotels and B&Bs must also remain closed until they’re told otherwise.
Mr Hancock said he’d like to “thank people in the Tier 3 areas for the sacrifices they are making.”
London will be placed in Tier 2 conditions, and Liverpool has been taken out of Tier 3 and put into Tier 2. Matt Hancock thanked Liverpudlians for their efforts in stopping the spread of Coronavirus.
He said: “Thanks to people sticking to the rules, and to the huge effort of community testing, Liverpool’s cases are now low enough for the whole region to go into Tier 2.
"It shows what we can do when we work together."
Tier 2 conditions mean you cannot socialise with anyone who is outside your support bubble, and the ‘rule of six’ applies to outdoor settings. But it does mean places that sell alcohol can reopen provided they do table service. Weddings can also resume with a maximum of 15 people attending the ceremonies and receptions. 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies.
Only three regions will be in Tier 1. They are Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, and the Isles of Scilly.