Coronavirus: Which tier is my area – and what are the rules of the three-tier lockdown?

Written by on 21/10/2020

New areas have been added to England’s three-tier system of local lockdown measures.

The Local COVID Alert Levels – “medium”, “high” and “very high” – are being implemented depending on local infection rates.

What are the rules for the different tiers – and which is your area in?

Tier 1 – Medium

  • 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants
  • Gatherings of more than six people banned, apart from some settings such as funerals and weddings

Areas in Tier 1:

Everywhere in England apart from the places listed further down are in Tier 1.

Tier 2 – High:

  • Mixing of households indoors not allowed
  • Rule of six applies to private gardens and outdoor spaces – social distancing rules also apply
  • Pubs and restaurants remain open, but no mixing of households inside and 10pm curfew

Areas in Tier 2:

The following areas will enter Tier 2 on 17 October:

  • London
  • Essex
  • Elmbridge, Surrey
  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • York
  • North East Derbyshire
  • Erewash, Derbyshire
  • Chesterfield

These areas have been in Tier 2 since 12 October. The whole area is included, unless specified:


  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cheshire East



  • High Peak – the wards of Tintwistle, Padfield, Dinting, St John’s, Old Glossop, Whitfield, Simmondley, Gamesley, Howard Town, Hadfield South and Hadfield North

West Yorkshire

North East

Tees Valley

West Midlands

  • Birmingham
  • Sandwell
  • Solihull
  • Wolverhampton
  • Walsall


  • Leicester
  • Oadby and Wigston


Tier 3 – Very high:

  • No mixing of households indoors and outdoors, including in private gardens
  • Pubs and bars to close
  • Restaurants, and pubs that can operate as restaurants, allowed to stay open
  • No wedding receptions
  • Local politicians will decide if gyms, betting shops, casinos, hairdressers and beauty salons should close
  • Non-essential shops, schools and universities to remain open
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Travel outside area advised against
  • Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if resident in a Tier 3 area
  • People resident elsewhere should avoid staying overnight in a Tier 3 area

Areas in Tier 3:

South Yorkshire (from 23 October) – betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres must close

Greater Manchester – betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and soft play areas have to shut

Lancashire, including Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen – adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops, and soft play areas must close while car boot sales are not permitted

Liverpool City Region – betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres must close as well

  • Liverpool
  • Knowsley
  • Wirral
  • St Helens
  • Sefton
  • Halton

Why has the system been developed?

Different parts of the country are experiencing differing rates of COVID-19 transmission.

The government has decided a local lockdown approach will be more effective than another national lockdown.

(c) Sky News 2020: Coronavirus: Which tier is my area – and what are the rules of the three-tier lockdown?

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