Very High alert level (Tier 3)
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. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant. 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
- 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.
Additional interventions may include the following options:
- Restrictions on the sale of alcohol in hospitality or closing all hospitality (expect takeaway and delivery)
- Closing indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, tourist attractions and performing arts venues
- Shutting venues such as leisure centres and gyms
- Closing public buildings including libraries, community centre while ensuring provision remains available for youth and childcare activities
- Closing personal care and close contact services, or prohibiting the highest-risk activities
Other areas within a Very High Alert Level:
- Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton, Halton)
- Greater Manchester from 0001 on Friday 23 October (Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Salford, Rochdale, Oldham)
- South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Sheffield)