Differences between Tier 2 and Tier 3

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Liverpool and the wider city region (Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) has moved up from Tier 2 to Tier 3 as of 31 December.

Some of the key differences between the tiers are highlighted in the table below.

CategoryTeir 2: High alertTier 3: Very high alert
Bars, pubs and restaurantsPubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Last orders at 10pm and must close by 11pmHospitality is closed, with the exception of sales by takeaway, drivethrough or delivery
EducationEarly years settings, schools, colleges and universities open. Registered childcare, other supervised activities for children, and childcare bubbles permittedEarly years settings, schools, colleges and universities open. Registered childcare, other supervised activities for children, and childcare bubbles permitted
EntertainmentOpenIndoor venues closed
ExerciseClasses and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but cannot take place indoors if there is any interaction between people from different households. Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continueClasses and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but people should avoid higher-risk contact activity. Group exercise activities and sports indoors should not take place, unless with household or bubble. Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue
Indoor leisure eg gyms, swimmingOpenOpen
Large events – elite sport, live performances and businessOpen to the public, but limited to 50% capacity or 2000 outdoors / 1000 indoors (whichever is lower). Social contact limits applyEvents should not take place; drive-in events permitted
Meeting friends and familyNo mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six outdoorsNo mixing of households indoors, or most outdoor places, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six in some outdoor spaces (eg parks, sports courts, public gardens)
Overnight staysPermitted, with household or support bubble.No overnight stays outside of local area, unless necessary for work, education or similar reasons.
Personal careOpenOpen
Places of worshipOpen, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubbleOpen, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble
RetailOpenOpen
TravellingReduce the number of journeys made where possible. Avoid travel into tier 3 areas (except where necessary, such as work, education, medical attention, youth services or caring responsibilities)Avoid travelling out of the area, other than where necessary such as for work, education, youth services, medical attention or because of caring responsibilities. Reduce the number of journeys made where possible
Weddings and funerals15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships, wedding receptions and wakes; 30 for funerals.15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships and wakes; 30 for funerals. Wedding receptions not permitted
Work and businessEveryone who can work from home should do soEveryone who can work from home should do so

General guidance across all tiers

Everyone must continue to:

Further information

There is separate guidance for  households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection  and additional advice at each tier will be provided shortly for  people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. 

There is also separate guidance for  support  and  childcare bubbles , which apply across all tiers.

How often are the Tiers reviewed?

Reviews will take place every two weeks, with the decision taken by Government Ministers.

If Covid cases start rising, an area may move up a Tier.

If Covid cases are falling, an area may move down a Tier.

More Government guidance can be read at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know