By Integrated Care Journal-
Following the approval of MPs, a new coronavirus tiers system has been introduced in England, replacing the national lockdown introduced on 5 November 2020.
Regions of England will be split into three tiers of restrictions:
- Tier 1: Medium alert
- Tier 2: High alert
- Tier 3: Very High alert
The new tiers have been strengthened compared to the previous tiers introduced earlier in the year in order to prevent a return to growing infections.
While more than 55 millions of people will be under stricter restrictions in Tier 2 or Tier 3, just one per cent of England’s population will enter the lowest restrictions tier.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the new measures aimed to “drive down" Covid-19 until a vaccine is available.
The new system comes as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says that Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is safe to roll out from early December, making the UK the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for widespread use.
The first review of the tiers will take place on December 16, and every 14 days from that date.
What Tier Am I in?
What can and cannot do in each tier?
Full list of restrictions in each area in England
Tier 1: Medium alert
- Isle of Wight
- Isles of Scilly
Tier 2: High alert
- Liverpool City Region
- Warrington and Cheshire
- North Yorkshire
- Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
East of England
- Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
- Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
- Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
- All 32 boroughs plus the City of London
- East Sussex
- West Sussex
- Brighton and Hove
- Bracknell Forest
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- West Berkshire
- Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton
- South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Wiltshire and Swindon
Tier 3: Very High alert
- Tees Valley Combined Authority:
- Redcar and Cleveland
- North East Combined Authority:
- South Tyneside
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Tyneside
- County Durham
- Greater Manchester
- Blackburn with Darwen
Yorkshire and The Humber
- The Humber
- West Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- Birmingham and Black Country
- Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
- Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
- Derby and Derbyshire
- Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
- Leicester and Leicestershire
- Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
- Kent and Medway
- South Gloucestershire
- North Somerset