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Devon placed in Tier 2 restrictions - what does this mean for you?

By Beth Sharp

26th Nov 2020 | Local News

Devon will reportedly be placed in Tier 2 COVID restrictions when lockdown ends on December 2.

This means the county will facer stricter rules than before the second national lockdown, when it was in the more relaxed Tier 1.

Devon MPs called for the county to be placed back in Tier 1 earlier this week, but it has now been confirmed that it will be in Tier 2 along with the majority of England, including London and Liverpool.

The country is currently awaiting an announcement from Health Secretary Matt Hancock to confirm the new tier system.

The government has also launched an online tool to find out which tier you are in, but this has repeatedly crashed due to "technical difficulties" this morning.

So what will the new tier system mean for Devon residents? Here's a break-down of the rules.

All tiers:

  • The tiers will have a uniform set of rules, there will be no negotiations by different regions
  • Everyone should work from home if they can
  • Shops and personal care services can open
  • Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities remain open
  • Registered childcare, other supervised activities for children and childcare bubbles allowed
  • Indoor leisure – gyms and swimming – can open
  • Elite sport, under-18 sport and disabled sport can continue
  • Police will get new powers to close down premises breaking the rules

Tier 2:

  • No mixing of households indoors apart from support bubbles – rule of six outdoors
  • Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants, and hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • Last orders at 10pm, close by 11pm
  • Reduce the numbers of journeys made and avoid travel into Tier 3 areas
  • Overnight stays permitted with your household or support bubble
  • Accommodation open
  • Places of worship open but people cannot interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble
  • Weddings, civil partnerships and wakes can have 15 guests
  • Funerals can have 30 guests
  • Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but not indoors if there is any interaction between different households
  • Elite sporting events, live performances and large business events can take place with 50% capacity, or 2,000 people outdoors/1,000 indoors (whichever is lower) – social distancing applies

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