Thursday 26 November 2020


It's good news for Liverpool, but not for Manchester.  It's great news for Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and Isles of Scilly (the only areas in Tier 1), but very bad news for the north-east.

The full list of which local authority is in which tier post-lockdown...

Tier 1 - Medium

South East - Isle of Wight

South West - Cornwall, Isles of Scilly

Tier 2 - High

North West - Cumbria, Liverpool City Region, Warrington and Cheshire

Yorkshire - North Yorkshire, York

West Midlands - Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, Worcestershire

East Midlands - Northamptonshire, Rutland

East of England - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire (including Peterborough), Essex, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Thurrock

London - all 32 boroughs plus the City of London

South East - Berkshire (not Slough), West Berkshire, Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham

South West - Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Mendip and Sedgemoor, Poole, South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Wiltshire and Swindon

Tier 3 - Very High

North East - Tees Valley Combined Authority (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees), North East Combined Authority (County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside)

North West - Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Greater Manchester, Lancashire

Yorkshire - The Humber, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

West Midlands - Birmingham and Black Country, Coventry, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Warwickshire

East Midlands - Derby and Derbyshire, Leicester and Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

South East - Slough, Kent and Medway

South West - Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset

The latest heat map of the United Kingdom from the government's coronavirus website will leave many people in Tier 3 restrictions raising their eyebrows and shaking their heads.

Number of new cases per local authority (week ending Nov 20)

The following is a brief outline of the main rules affecting each tier.  For more detailed information please click here.

Tier 1 - Medium

Rule of six and social distancing apply to gatherings indoors and outdoors.
Pubs and restaurants are allowed to open with table service only and an 11pm closing time.

Tier 2 - High

People from separate households cannot meet indoors and the rule of six applies outside.
Pubs must close unless operating as restaurants, with alcoholic drinks served alongside meals.

Tier 3 - Very High

Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and bowling alleys must close.
Pubs, restaurants and cafes must close except for takeaway.
Shops and hairdressers and salons will be allowed to remain open.
Groups of six will be allowed to meet outdoors only.
Crowds at live events will be banned.
People should avoid travelling out of, or into, Tier Three areas unless it is unavoidable.