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Covid-19: What can stay open in tier 2?

Peterborough will enter tier 2 from Wednesday, December 2, which means no mixing of households indoors aside from support bubbles will be allowed, with a maximum gathering of six permitted outdoors – but what are we allowed to do?
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Covid-19: What can stay open in tier 2? (Picture: Shariqua Ahmed)

The rule of six is still in place outdoors, including private gardens, but households must not mix indoors. 

What is allowed to stay open? 

Schools, colleges, universities and early years settings remain open in all tiers. Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Regular testing will be offered to up to two family members or friends per resident by Christmas.

All essential and non-essential retail, including markets and car boot sales.

What is Tier 2 and what does it mean for you?

Leisure and sporting facilities including: gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds can open.

Hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas, beauty services, massage services and tanning salons can all stay open.

Public buildings, including libraries, community centres and halls, but must not be hired for private events. 

As usual, allotments, the recycling centre, public toilets and car parks can remain opens, and other essential services like the NHS, courts and job centre can stay open. 

Places of worship – including communal worship – can now resume, but only within your household bubbles. 

Nightclubs are still required to stay closed, as are pubs and bars that cannot operate as a restaurant. Those that can but only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Similarly, they must only provide table service and they must close between 11pm and 5am, last orders must be at 10pm. 

Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

The early closure rule applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. 

Attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors. This can also continue at sports and business events subject to social contact rules and must operate at 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors. 

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, while 15 can attend a wake. 

Indoor sport can go ahead if it possible for people to avoid mixing with those they don't live with.

If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.