A No 10 spokesperson told journalists wakes would no longer be able to take place in hospitality venues in tier3, or very high alert, areas, creating a set of rules stricter than have applied during the current lockdown. “We’ve obviously been clear throughout the pandemic and the medical experts have advised that indoor gatherings where people spend a substantial amount of time in other people’s company increases the risk of spreading the virus,” the spokesperson said.
“We fully acknowledge as we have done throughout the pandemic that wakes and other such events are obviously incredibly difficult times for people. During the latest national lockdown, venues such as community centers, places of worship, hotels, exhibition centers, cemeteries and crematoriums, have been permitted to remain open to hold wakes “where the venue manager has carried out a risk assessment and taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of Covid-19”.
The limits are the maximum number for all attendees at the event, for example at a wedding or civil partnership ceremony to include the couple and guests. Within these larger gatherings, social distancing should still be followed between people who do not live together or share a support bubble, the guidance states.
The rule of six applies in some outdoor settings such as parks, public gardens and sports courts. Shops and places of worship can remain open, as can schools and colleges, while universities must reflect wider restrictions with the option to move to greater online provision.
Under additional measures agreed for Nottingham shire, people have been informed they cannot purchase alcohol in shops after 9pm, but can buy it in pubs with a substantial meal until 10pm. Areas categorized as high risk have restrictions on household mixing indoors, while the rule of six continues to apply outdoors.
People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. Shops, gyms, all education settings, and places of worship can remain open, with overnight stays permitted.
Now Boris Johnson has hinted at further restrictions, as daily cases rise well above 50,000 and total deaths within 28 days of positive test near 75,000. “We are entirely reconciled to doing what it takes to get the virus down and that may involve tougher measures in the weeks ahead,” said Mr Johnson.
The latest data show a 33% rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in hospital in England between Christmas Day and Jan 2, which has caused major concern in Whitehall and for the NHS. In Matt Hancock's most recent review, Tier3 was imposed Jutland, Shropshire and Tel ford & Resin, Worcestershire, Hereford shire, Liverpool, York and North Yorkshire, Bath and North East Somerset, Devon, Plymouth, Tor bay, Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire.
The hospitality and entertainment industry takes the biggest hit under the revised restrictions for Tier3, with pubs and restaurants only allowed staying open for takeaway services. A “uniform set of measures” apply in each area placed in Tier3 across the country, rather than negotiations with each local authority.
Under Tier3 restrictions, 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. Hospitality, such as pubs, restaurants, bars and cafés, are allowed to stay open for takeaway service only.
Boris Johnson has said: “For the time being, you’ve got to take it that tearing will be a very, very important part of our campaign against coronavirus.” Matt Hancock said on Dec 14 that the vaccines were “giving hope to more people and making this country safer”.
“However it will take time for its benefits to be felt far and wide, so we must persevere because the virus remains just as deadly as it always has been.” Prof Van Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Advisor, stated on Dec 30 that it would take up to two weeks for scientists to confirm the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines were effective against the new strains of Covid-19.
This mass testing program, which is similar to the system seen in Liverpool, began on Monday, Dec 14. Hairdressers and beauty salons are not automatically shut in Tier3 areas, despite other businesses being told to close.
Larger groups can be broken up and fined by police, starting at £200 and doubling for each further offense to a maximum of £6,400. While elite sporting fixtures including Premier League football matches will continue in Tier3 areas, spectators will not be allowed access to indoor or outdoor events.
Wedding ceremonies are allowed to take place across tiers 1 – 3, but the number of attendees is limited to 15 and social distancing rules must be adhered to. You can move home and continue to undertake house viewings, so long as you abide by social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering.
If you are a resident in a Tier3 area, the Government advises that you do not stay overnight in another part of the UK unless for essential reasons. Matt Hancock has advised that people in regions in the highest tier of restrictions “should avoid travelling outside their area”.
Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people permitted to gather indoors in a public place but do count towards the maximum of 2 households permitted to meet. Minimise the number of meetings you have with people from other households each day stay at least 2 meters apart from anyone who is not part of your household, unless in a public venue that is operating 1 meter distancing with additional measures being in place to avoid transmission.
For this reason, there are some important rules that extended households should follow to remain as safe as possible: Forming an extended household is an important decision that should be properly discussed and agreed beforehand.
You can continue to interact with members of your extended household even if they live in a different area with a different Level of protective measures. If someone in the extended household develops COVID-19 symptoms, to avoid spreading the virus all members of the extended household must isolate immediately if they met the symptomatic person at any time between 2 days before and up to 10 days after their symptoms started.
If the symptomatic person tests positive, all members of their direct household must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms. Similarly, other members of the extended household must isolate for 10 days from when the most recent contact took place.
Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open indoors and outdoors for the consumption of food and non-alcoholic drinks. The maximum number of people you can meet indoors and outdoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is 6 which can be from up to 2 separate households.
Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people permitted to gather indoors in a public place but do count towards the maximum of 2 households permitted to meet. Table service and the wearing of face-coverings (unless exempt) when not seated by all customers is mandatory in all hospitality venues.
When meeting people from more than one other household, you should think beforehand about what size of table you will need to keep physically distanced between members of your group. This information is retained for 21 days with a view to sharing with Test and Protect Teams, if required.
Hospitality venues are required to put in place additional measures to minimize transmission of COVID-19. Physical distancing and good hand hygiene remain the most effective measures in reducing the transmission of COVID-19.
Therefore, distancing requirements need to be maintained, where reasonably practicable, at all times, including when waiting to enter premises and when seated. Takeaways can still operate as normal, provided food and drink is sold for consumption off the premises.
Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food to guests staying in their premises up to 22:00. All retailers can open providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
Visit stores that are using infection control measures and use the available hand sanitizer try to avoid touching goods unless you intend to buy them be polite. Please ensure that you are considerate to retail staff and abide by their guidance and instructions including removing face covering if requested for proof of age.
Get help: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are self-isolating, or are vulnerable or shielding, and you need essential items like food or medicine you should request assistance from friends, family, community support groups, make an online order, or call the National Helpline on 0800 111 4000. Tradespeople who deliver goods or services to homes and businesses can travel between all levels for work purposes.
Mobile close contact service providers must not operate in level 3 except hairdressers and barbers. Close contact retail services are permitted to operate providing they follow Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
Whilst close contact retail service providers will implement mandated safety procedures to ensure the safety of customers and staff it is an individual’s responsibility to ensure they comply with the following guidance: People should not visit any close contact service premises if they have tested positive or have developed any of the COVID-19 symptoms face coverings should be worn at all times by staff and customers, unless they are exempt.
This information is retained for 21 days so that it can be shared with Test and Protect Teams, if required. All organized sports and activities are permitted, provided appropriate safety measures are followed.
Organized outdoor non-contact sports, personal training and coaching are permitted, provided appropriate safety measures are followed. Some public buildings will operate an on-line booking system and some may have dedicated opening times for high risk groups.
Where toilets are part of a larger premise e.g. a shop, face coverings must be worn. You must not meet socially at a visitor attraction in a group of more than 6 people from 2 separate households outdoors or indoors.
Places of worship are required to take measures to protect individuals, worshipers, staff members and volunteers from infection by COVID-19. Indoor acts of worship are limited to a maximum of 50 people providing there is sufficient space to maintain 2 meter distancing.
Events such as bar mitzvahs and christenings can take place as part of an act of worship with a maximum of 50 people. Places of worship are required to maintain a temporary register of worshiper and staff/volunteer contact details for a period of 21 days for Test and Protect.
This is to support contact tracing as part of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system, in the event of an outbreak linked to a particular venue. Wedding ceremonies, civil partnership registrations and funerals can take place in a place of worship, registration office or hospitality venue with a maximum number of 20 people (including the couple, the witnesses and guests) providing the venue’s capacity allows for appropriate physical distancing.
Receptions and post-funeral gatherings, such as wakes, can also take place with a maximum capacity of 20 people. This situation will be reviewed on 2 February, and we will continue to explore the potential to begin a phased return to in-school learning from mid-February.
Businesses which provide essential services can continue to operate, such as those in the , courts and tribunals. Contact with others Limit meeting people outside your own household, avoid indoor public spaces.
School/ formal childcare Parents or guardians should discuss with their GP or clinician whether children should still attend. Mainland Scotland and some islands are in lockdown with guidance to stay at home, except for essential purposes.