What are the three proposed tiers of local lockdown for England? | Health policy

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A leaked document has revealed plans for three tiers of local lockdown measures in England to curb the spread of coronavirus and reduce confusion caused by a patchwork of regional restrictions. The document, dated 30 September and seen by the Guardian, describes the levels as follows:

Alert level 1

Represents the baseline, the minimum level of restrictions applicable to all of England.

Social contact

  • Rule of six.

  • Childcare bubbles (for under-15s/years 9 and 10) children (or vulnerable adults) where necessary for caring purposes (to be a consistent childcare relationship, not for playdates).

  • Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and services up to 15 attendees.

  • Funeral up to 30 attendees only.

  • Significant event gatherings up to 15 only.

  • Support groups up to 15 only.

  • No mass events eg. sports events and pilot performances.

  • Organised sport only allowed outdoors.

  • Visiting indoor hospitality/leisure/retail settings under rule [sic].


  • All sectors which are permitted to open by law can remain so providing they meet Covid-19 secure guidance.

  • Face coverings and/or screens for all workers in indoor hospitality (chefs, waiting staff, etc) and customers apart from when seated.

  • Curfews on business operating hours. Leisure and entertainment venues must be closed between 10pm and 5am. Can continue delivery after 10pm.

  • Food and drink venues will be table service only.

  • More stringent Covid-19 secure guidance and enforcement. Where possible, WFH [working from home] should be encouraged.

Alert level 2

Triggered in geographical areas or nationally when there has been a rise in transmission that cannot be contained through local responses.

Social contact

In addition to alert level 1 restrictions (except where noted):

  • Must not meet others outside their household in private dwellings (apart from support bubble) including outside space in the home ie. gardens [replaces alert level 1 restriction].

  • Visiting indoor hospitality/leisure/retail settings is restricted to one household ie. two households must not meet in these settings (unless those two households are in a support bubble) even if the total headcount is [sic] [replaces alert level 1 restriction].

  • People are advised only to visit care homes in exceptional circumstances.

  • People should only travel for essential reasons.

  • People can holiday outside of your area but should only do so with the people they live with or have formed a social bubble with.

  • People can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports governing body guidance has been issued.

  • People should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as a spectator in the areas affected.

  • Weddings are permitted to have 15 attendees and receptions are not permitted.

  • Funerals are limited to 15 attendees.


[No additional information]

Alert level 3

Triggered in geographical areas or nationally when alert level 2 measures have not contained the spread of the virus, or where there has been a significant rise in transmission.

Social contact

In addition to alert level 1 and alert level 2 measures unless noted to be a replacement:

  • No social contact outside your household in any setting [replaces alert level 2 restriction].

  • Restrictions on overnight stays away from home (in a private residence in the area under local restrictions) [replaces alert level 2 restriction].

  • Places of worship can remain open.

  • No organised non-professional sports permitted/other communal hobby groups/activities (eg. social clubs in community centres) [replaces alert level 2 restriction].


In addition to alert level 1 and alert level 2 measures:

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Source: The Guardian
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