Post lockdown Tier Amendments November 2020

In anticipation of the end of Lockdown 2.0, we summarise the amendments to the Tier restrictions in England that affect the hospitality industry. The government tier checker is available here: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions

Tier 1

  • The “rule of six” limit on the maximum size of social contacts will apply indoors and outdoors in tier 1 areas.
  • Pubs and restaurants will be table service only
  • The 10pm curfew will be lifted – last orders for pubs and restaurants must be called by 10pm, and closing time must be 11pm latest.
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will be restricted to 15 guests across the country, but receptions will be allowed only in tiers 1 and 2.

Tier 2

  • Indoor mixing of households and support bubbles will be banned and households will only be able to mix in parks and other outdoor spaces, where the ‘rule of six’ will apply.
  • Hospitality venues will only be able to open if serving substantial meals; alcohol cannot be served on premises without a meal
  • The 10pm curfew will be lifted – last orders for pubs and restaurants must be called by 10pm, and closing time must be 11pm latest.
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will be restricted to 15 guests across the country, but receptions will be allowed only in tiers 1 and 2.

Tier 3

  • Indoor mixing of households and support bubbles will be banned and households will only be able to mix in parks and other outdoor spaces.
  • Bars, cafes and restaurants must remain shut except for takeaway services
  • Overnight stays outside of local area are not permitted unless needed for work, education or similar
  • Up to 15 people can attend a wedding ceremony or civil partnership, without reception
  • Up to 30 people can attend someone’s funeral and up to 15 people can attend someone’s wake

Tier allocations and restrictions are due to be reviewed every 14 days – so the first review of the latest restrictions will take place in the lead up to 16th December.

As further detail is released, we will update the tier listings, so if you are seeking clarification on any of the information above, bookmark this page and comment below. We will do our best to find answers for you.

Further Reading

For the full and latest tier 1-3 breakdown, see the government Local Restrictions breakdown

Guide to current business financial support schemes