Live in South Cheshire? Your new rules explained as area put into Tier 2


Families living in South Cheshire have been placed in Tier 2 by the Government.

The tier level has today been confirmed and comes into force when the national lockdown ends on December 2.

The tier level will be in force for at least two weeks before being reviewed, while the whole system is in place until March.

However, there will be a brief reprieve over Christmas when the three household bubble rules are brought in on December 23 and will run for five days.

MPs are expected to be given a vote to approve the new system in the days before it comes into force.

So these are the rules all Staffordshire families must abide by from 12.01am on December 2.

We will bring you more on this developing story as we get it.

Tier 2 rules

Social contact: You cannot meet anyone socially indoors, unless they are from your household or support bubble . This applies at home or in a public setting. Rule of six limits apply outdoors.

Bubbles: Two households can form a ‘support bubble’ if one of them only has one adult; or a ‘childcare bubble’ if one of them has a child under 13. There’s also now a new exemption which allows a multi-adult household to form a support bubble no matter what, if that household has a child under one, or a child with care needs under five. If you’re in a bubble, you can behave as though you’re all in one household.

Shielding: ‘Clinically extremely vulnerable’ people who shielded in Spring can return to school and work. There will be specific guidance for each tier.

Sex: Indoor recreational gatherings are banned unless you live together or are in the same bubble. Outdoors, such as in a garden, it’s not illegal but you’re supposed to follow social distancing guidance.

Pubs and restaurants: Hospitality venues must shut unless they serve food, and you can only buy alcohol if you are also consuming a “substantial meal”. They must call last orders at 10pm, though people only have to leave at 11pm.

Schools, universities and childcare: Remain open in all circumstances, but universities can do more online learning.

Travel and holidays: You should reduce the number of journeys where possible, but holidays are allowed. Don’t travel into Tier 3 areas unless necessary for things like work or education.

Work: The advice is to work from home if you can.

Weddings and funerals: 15 guests can attend marriage ceremonies and receptions. Funerals can have up to 30 mourners, with only 15 people allowed at the wake.

Shops: All retail – including non-essential shops – can stay open.

Gyms, pools, hairdressers, and ‘personal care’ (e.g. nail salons): These can stay open.

Cinemas, bingo, bowling, soft play and other indoor entertainment: These can stay open.

Sports: Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can happen outdoors, but not indoors if anyone from different households interacts with each other.

Spectator sports: Allowed outdoors with a maximum crowd size of either 50% occupancy of the stadium or 2,000 spectators, whichever is smaller. Allowed indoors with 1,000 spectators or 50% occupancy, whichever is smaller.

Mass events, theatres, gigs and conferences: Allowed indoors with 1,000 spectators or 50% occupancy, whichever is smaller.

Religious services: Can go ahead as long as the sub-group you’re in the venue with is consistent with social gathering rules for your tier.

Driving lessons and tests: Can go ahead.





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