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Tiers and Christmas Bubbles

The information in this post has been superceded on 4 January 2021 with a national lockdown and has only been kept on the site for historical value.

With different parts of the UK currently under different COVID-19 restrictions, and with England in a four tier system, as well as the UK wide Christmas easing of some restrictions, the whole issue of what you can and cannot do is baffling even for those who have followed it closely.

So here is a summary of where we are at present. As we are an England based business we are focussing on England, with a brief summary for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

Note that details can change at short notice, so always check with the relevant devolved government website or gov.uk/coronavirus. Further information can also be found at www.kshsafety.com/coronavirus.

In England (correct as of 23 December 2020):

England is split into a localised four tier system. Which area is in which tier is reviewed every 14 days, or more frequently if there is a sudden surge in cases in an area. The current list of which area is in which Tier can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/full-list-of-local-restriction-tiers-by-area.

The fourth highest tier was added and into force on 20 December 2020. Additional areas will enter Tier 4, and some other areas will change tier from 12.01am on 26 December 2020.

Post code search for what tier you are in:


For those in Tier 1 (Medium risk):

See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-1-medium-alert

For those in Tier 2 (High risk):

See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-2-high-alert

For those in Tier 3: (Very High risk):