The Prime Minister has set out how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England.
Addressing MPs before hosting a Downing Street press conference yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed the levels will be set at medium, high, and very high.
The “medium” alert level – which will cover most of the country – will consist of the current national measures that came into force on 25 September. This includes the Rule of Six, and the closure of hospitality at 10pm.
The “high” alert level will reflect many current local interventions, but there will now be consistency across the country. This primarily aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing all mixing between households or support bubbles indoors. The Rule of Six will apply in outdoor spaces, including private gardens. Most areas which are already subject to local restrictions will automatically move into the “high” alert level.
The “very high” alert level will apply where transmission rates are causing the greatest concern, based on an assessment of all the available data and the local situation. In these areas, the government will set a baseline of prohibiting social mixing indoors and in private gardens, with the Rule of Six allowed in open public spaces like parks and beaches. Pubs and bars must close unless they operate as a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal. People will be advised not to travel in and out of these areas.
What local COVID alert levels mean
Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area.
Find out what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in each local COVID alert level.
Check the local COVID alert level of your local area to see which level applies to you.