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IN-FULL: Details on what the different COVID alert levels mean

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Details on what the new COVID alert levels mean have been set out by the Government.

They are as follows:

Local COVID Alert Level – Medium

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This is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place. This means:

  • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
  • People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors

Local COVID Alert Level – High

This is for areas with a higher level of infections. This means the following additional measures are in place:

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Local COVID Alert Level – Very High

This is for areas with a very high level of infections. The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level. Consultation with local authorities will determine additional measures.

The baseline means the below additional measures are in place:

  • Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
  • Wedding receptions are not allowed
  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ area they are in, or entering a ‘Very High’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘Very High’ area if they are resident elsewhere.

Full list of Local COVID Alert Levels by area

Local COVID Alert Level: Medium

England

All areas, excluding those listed below

Local COVID Alert Level: High

Cheshire
Cheshire West and Chester
Cheshire East

Greater Manchester
Manchester
Bolton
Bury
Stockport
Tameside
Trafford
Wigan
Salford
Rochdale
Oldham

Warrington
Warrington
Derbyshire

High Peak – the wards of:
Tintwistle
Padfield
Dinting
St John’s
Old Glossop
Whitfield
Simmondley
Gamesley
Howard Town
Hadfield South
Hadfield North

Lancashire
Lancashire
Blackpool
Preston
Blackburn with Darwen
Burnley

West Yorkshire
Leeds
Bradford
Kirklees
Calderdale
Wakefield

South Yorkshire
Barnsley
Rotherham
Doncaster
Sheffield

North East
Newcastle
South Tyneside
North Tyneside
Gateshead
Sunderland
Durham
Northumberland
Tees Valley
Middlesbrough
Redcar and Cleveland
Stockton-on-Tees
Darlington
Hartlepool

West Midlands
Birmingham
Sandwell
Solihull
Wolverhampton
Walsall

Leicester
Leicester
Oadby and Wigston

Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
Nottingham City

Local COVID Alert Level: Very High

Liverpool City Region
Liverpool
Knowsley
Wirral
St Helens
Sefton
Halton

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated as and when is necessary.

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