New Coronavirus Guidance For England

Posted 21/12/2020

The Government has announced there will now be different rules for England over Christmas, with the introduction of a Tier 4 for areas in London and the South-East.

In England, the Government has announced that areas in London, the South East and the East of England will enter Tier 4 from 12:00AM on the 2o December. There are now some different rules for Christmas Day (25 December).

Guidance on Christmas Day

Tier 1,2 &3:

If you live in an area in the above tiers, you may see a maximum of 2 other households (your ‘Christmas Bubble’) on Christmas Day, 25 December only. You cannot see anyone from a Tier 4 area.

Tier 4:

If you live in a Tier 4 area, households cannot mix at all over Christmas (excluding support bubbles). You may only leave home to meet one person from another household, with social distancing.

Download our Easy Read Guidance to Christmas Bubbles here:

Easy Read - Christmas Bubble Guidance (604kB)

You can also visit the Government website for more information about Christmas bubbles.

Guidance on Tier 4 (Stay at Home)

In an area which has a Tier 4 Alert Level, the infection rates are rising and this is why tighter restrictions are in place to help stop the spread of the virus.

People in Tier 4 must remain at home except for the following reasons:

  • Work, if this can’t be done at home
  • Essential Shopping
  • Education
  • To see your children with whom you do not live
  • To exercise outdoors with one other person
  • Medical necessity
  • To meet, in an outside public place, with one other person – with social distancing

As part of Tier 4 guidance, people who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to shield and not to go into work. For further information, click here.

Download our Easy Read Guidance to Tier 4:

Easy Read - Stay at Home Alert Guidance (732kB)

You can also visit the Government’s website for more information on this tier.