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Can you travel into and out of a tier 3 area? All travel between tiers explained

Boris Johnson announced a new three-tier system for England earlier in October, which sought to lessen confusion by having set rules in place for each level and categorising regions based on risk.

However, questions still remain for many Britons when it comes to travelling between tiers, whether it’s permissible to visit friends and family or to enjoy a well-earned staycation.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Tier 1 is classified as “Medium Alert” and comes with the lowest level of restrictions. People living in this tier can meet people from other households indoors and outdoors (as long as it’s in groups of no more than six), stay overnight somewhere other than their own home and there are no restrictions on travel or using public transport.

They are able to travel to tier 2 (“High Alert”) regions, but should follow local guidelines once there, which are stricter. 

In tier 2, they can only meet others outside their household while outdoors in groups no bigger than six, and cannot stay overnight somewhere if it means being inside with people outside their household or support bubble; for instance, staying with another family in a self-catering apartment or holiday cottage would not be allowed.  

Can I travel from tier 2 to tier 1?

Yes, travelling from a tier 2 “High Alert” area to a tier 1 “Medium Alert” area is permitted.

“You can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble,” according to the government guidance.

People in tier 2 can also travel within high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation, “but you should only do this with people in your household or support bubble,” the advice states.

People in tier 2 are advised to avoid travelling by car with people outside their household or social bubble, and to “not travel to different parts of the UK where their intended activities there would be prohibited by legislation passed by the relevant devolved administration.”

Can I travel from tiers 1 and 2 to tier 3?

The government is advising against people travelling to a “Very High Alert”, or tier 3, area.  

“You should avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to very high local Covid alert levels,” it says on the website, plus you should “avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere.”

It adds: “You must not stay with anyone you do not live with from a very high alert level area or visit their home.”

However, this is advice rather than a legally binding ban, and there are some exceptions, such as if you are entering a tier 3 area “for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey”.

Currently, Lancashire and Liverpool City Region are classed as “Very High Alert”, and are soon to be joined by Greater Manchester,

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What To Know About Tiers 1, 2 And 3

The U.K. introduced a three-tier system for restricting travel movements and social mixing/distancing–that of medium (tier 1), high (tier 2) and very high (tier 3).

Here’s an explainer of what they mean, what you can and can’t do in each tier and how to find out which tier is which.

Why have the new measures been introduced?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he had introduced these new measures because the constant changes in restrictions was making it difficult for people to know what they were allowed to do where and with whom.

It was also brought in to try to avoid a national lockdown of the type implemented on March 23 and to try to avoid the closure of shops, universities and schools.

With rising infection rates, major British cities are in flux, with London moving up in risk from a tier one (medium) to a tier two (high) category on Friday 16 October. Sadiq Khan, quoted in The Telegraph, warned Londoners that they face a “difficult winter ahead” adding that “no one wants to see restrictions, but these are necessary”.

This means that 9 million people in the U.K. will be under a much stricter lockdown from 12.01 Saturday morning.

Rules which apply to all parts of the U.K.

The U.K. has seen spiralling rates, much likes its EU counterparts, and many hospital beds are full (more so now than at the time of the national lockdown in March).

There are several rules that must be followed all over the country:

  • people must wear a face mask where they see signs to do so;
  • social distancing rules should be followed at all times;
  • people should work from home where it is at all possible; and
  • if people must travel, walking or cycling are preferable. Otherwise, people are advised to plan ahead, avoiding busy times and routes.

Tier 1, medium restrictions

These rules are the baseline for most of the country, except where rates are very high or the highest. These are the minimum requirements:

  • people can travel to amenities that are open and for work/education (schools and universities are open) but should aim to reduce the number of journeys made;
  • people must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies);
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law;
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am;
  • businesses and venues selling food after 10pm must be for click-and-collect or for delivery only;
  • places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6;
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead (with restrictions on numbers of attendees);
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the 
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