The government has published the full list of which tier each area of England will fall into when the national lockdown ends on 2 December (scroll down to the foot of this article for details).
Hospitality businesses have been anxiously awaiting confirmation of the news as it effectively determines the extent to which they can trade once they come out of lockdown.
Those in Tier 3, for instance, won’t be allowed to open except for delivery and takeaway.
Businesses in Tier 2 areas, meanwhile, will only be able to serve alcohol if it is served with “substantial” meals.
Health secretary Matt Hancock told Parliament this morning that the measures would be reviewed every fortnight, with the first full review to be completed by 16 December.
Confirming Boris Johnson’s comments earlier this week that more regions would fall into higher levels than before the lockdown, Mr Hancock said a “significant” number of areas were in Tier 3.
He said the decisions had been based on case detection rates in all age groups, case detection rates in the over 60s and the rate at which cases are rising or falling, the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken and pressure on the NHS.
The Liverpool city region had dropped from Tier 3 to Tier 2 following after mass testing efforts led to cases falling by more than two-thirds, Mr Hancock added.
The full list can be seen below:
TIER 1: MEDIUM ALERT
- Isle of Wight
- Isles of Scilly
TIER 2: HIGH ALERT
- Liverpool City Region
- Warrington and Cheshire
- North Yorkshire
- Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
East of England
- Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
- Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
- Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
- all 32 boroughs plus the City of London
- East Sussex
- West Sussex
- Brighton and Hove
- Bracknell Forest
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- West Berkshire
- Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
- South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Wiltshire and Swindon
TIER 3: VERY HIGH ALERT
- Tees Valley Combined Authority:
- Redcar and Cleveland
- North East Combined Authority:
- South Tyneside
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Tyneside
- County Durham
- Greater Manchester
- Blackburn with Darwen
Yorkshire and The Humber
- The Humber
- West Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- Birmingham and Black Country
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
- Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
- Derby and Derbyshire
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
- Leicester and Leicestershire
- Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
- Kent and Medway
- South Gloucestershire
- North Somerset