What are the rules in tier 2?
As in all other tiers, non-essential shops can open, as can gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses. Places of worship can open and weddings are allowed within local restrictions.
Hospitality venues can stay open until 11pm – with last orders at 10pm – but only those that serve substantial meals can operate, while other pubs and bars have to close.
Social mixing outside of households or support bubbles is not allowed indoors. The rule of six applies outdoors.
Spectators are allowed to watch sport in tier 2, with a maximum crowd capacity outdoors of 50% of the capacity of the stadium or 2,000 people, whichever is smaller. Indoors, the maximum capacity is 1,000.
Indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, casinos and bowling alleys, can open, but must close at 11pm.
Everyone who can work from home should do so.
You can continue to travel to venues that are open, or for reasons such as work or education, but you should reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible.
If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. However, avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary.
The government does not recommend that you travel from tier 2 into a tier 3 area, for example, to do Christmas shopping.
The full government rules and guidance for tier 2 can be found here.
What are the rules for Christmas?
An original plan to allow households to mix for a limited time across all four UK nations has been scrapped as cases have continued to rise. In England, three households in tiers 1-3 can mix on 25 December only, while in tier 4 there will be no Christmas relaxation. In Wales and Scotland restrictions will be relaxed only on Christmas Day. More details on the Christmas rules can be found here.