What does tier two mean for you? Step-by-step guide to new rules

Shoppers around Norwich Market shopping local and staying safe in masks.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Norfolk has been placed into tier two of the government's revised coronavirus alert system - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Norfolk has been placed into tier two of the government's revised alert system.

The drive-through coronavirus testing facility at the Norwich Research Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norfolk has been placed into tier two of the government's revised coronavirus alert system - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

But what does that mean when it comes to visiting family, eating out and going to the football?

Here's a step-by-step guide to the new rules, which come into force from December 3.

Meeting family and friends

There can be no mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles.

Heath Secretary Matt Hancock speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Photo: House of Common/PA Wire

Health secretary provided more details on the coronavirus tier system in the House of Commons - Credit: PA

This means you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

A maximum of six people can meet outdoors, which includes gardens and public spaces - the 'rule of six'.

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Pubs, bars and restaurants

Customers at the Adam & Eve pub in Norwich after lockdown restrictions were eased for pubs and resta

There are new rules on pubs under the government's revised coronavirus alert system. Norfolk has been placed into tier two - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as restaurants.

Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with "substantial" meals, must stop taking orders at 10pm and must close by 11pm. 

Retail, entertainment and personal care

There has been a rise in King's Lynn coronavirus infection rate. Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk has been placed into tier two of the government's revised coronavirus alert system - Credit: Archant

All retailers, whether defined as essential or non-essential are permitted to open.

That includes entertainment venues such as cinemas, which can reopen from December 3.

Cinemas like the Majestic Cinema in King's Lynn are seating moviegoers in socially distanced bubbles

Cinemas are permitted to open in tier two areas - Credit: Ian Burt Photography

Personal care providers, such as hairdressers and beauticians, can operate as normal with appropriate measures in place.

Other businesses

Businesses and venues can continue to operate in a Covid-secure manner.

This does not include those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.

Working from home

In tier two areas, everyone who can work from home is being told they should do so.


Boris Johnson will unveil new coronavirus rules today, Monday, November 23. Picture: PA Images

Schools and other education settings are permitted to remain open in - Credit: PA Images

Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities will remain open. 

Childcare, other supervised activities for children and childcare bubbles are permitted.

Visiting loved ones in care homes

Only outdoor and airtight visits, such as window visits, can take place.

Many care homes have begun investing in visiting "pods", with separate entrances, safety screens and intercom systems. 

A visitor pod has been built at Walcot Hall, Diss, amid the coronavirus pandemic

Visitor pods have been built at many care homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, including at Walcot Hall in Diss - Credit: Healthcare Homes

The rollout of rapid testing will eventually allow indoor visits to take place, including contact.

Gyms, exercise and recreational sport

Gyms and leisure centres are being permitted to reopen under the new measures.

Full Fitness Gym in Watton has been ordered to close after owner, Peter Dive, offered a support grou

Gyms in tier two areas can reopen in accordance with the government's new coronavirus alert system - Credit: Archant

Classes 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 continue.

Attending sporting events

Public attendance at spectator sporting events can resume inside and outside, subject to social distancing rules being enforced. 

The number of spectators is limited to whichever is lower: 50pc capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.

Could fans be set to return to Carrow Road? Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Up to 2,000 fans should be permitted to watch Norwich City play at Carrow Road once Norfolk enters tier two - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

On that basis, 2,000 fans will be permitted to watch Norwich City play Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road on Saturday, December 5.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of people in attendance.

Fifteen people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, with 30 permitted to attend funerals.

Many brides and grooms have been able to rearrange their weddings for later in the year. Picture: Ge

Weddings can take place in coronavirus tier two areas with up to 15 people in attendance - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Linked commemorative events, such as wakes or stone-settings, can have 15 people.

Places of worship

Places of worship will remain open, but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies.

The wall at St Mary's Church, Attleborough, required repairs after being hit by two vehicles in sepa

Places of worship, such as St Mary's Church, Attleborough, are permitted to open in tier two areas - Credit: Archant © 2008

The rule of six applies to outdoor settings. 

Travelling to other areas

If you live in a tier two area, you must continue to follow tier two rules if you travel to a tier one area.

You should avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier three areas, unless it is necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

You are permitted to travel through a tier three area as a part of a longer journey.

Overnight stays

Hotels and other accommodation providers will be allowed to open.

Overnight stays are permitted with your household or support bubble, with a maximum of six people.

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