Three tier COVID-19 Restrictions Begins

The new three-tier system of Covid-19 restrictions has begun in England.

Most of the country is in the lowest tier – medium – but millions of people in the North and the Midlands face extra curbs on households mixing.

The Liverpool region is the only area to be under the toughest rules, with pubs and bars not serving meals closed.

Government health officials are due to meet later to discuss the possibility of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and some other areas joining the top tier.

All of us should still be doing these 3 simple actions to keep protecting each other from the COVID-19 virus:

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering

But the new three-tier system also sees every area of England classed as being on medium, high or very high alert. Key differences between the tiers are:


  • Follow the rule of 6 if meeting indoors or outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm


  • No household mixing indoors
  • Rule of 6 will apply outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm

Very High

  • No household mixing indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens
  • Rule of 6 applies in outdoor public spaces like parks
  • Pubs and bars not serving meals will be closed
  • Guidance against travelling in and out of the area


Devon is currently in the medium tier.


PLEASE REMEMBER, if you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test via the website or by calling 119 and then stay at home for at least 10 days.

There are currently drive through testing sites in Plymouth and Exeter and mobile test centres in Barnstaple, Tiverton, Torquay and Launceston. Opening times and locations may vary though and you do need to book.

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