People across England will have very different rules to follow on New Year’s Eve, depending on the tier they live in.
Whether or not you can go to the pub, celebrate with family and friends, or enjoy a meal in a restaurant will entirely depend on where you live, and the coronavirus restrictions in your area.
Those living under a Tier One “Medium Alert” lockdown will have a lot more freedom than Tier Four “Stay At Home” residents – who must follow the strictest rules.
Here’s how you can celebrate the end of 2020, and the beginning of a new year, according to the rules in your tier:
Tier Four residents must not socialise indoors (or in a private garden) with anybody who is not in their household or support bubble.
One person from one household can meet one person from another household, but this must be in a public outdoor location (such as a park).
People should not leave or enter a Tier Four area, and Tier Four residents must not stay overnight anywhere other than their own home. You must not go stay in a hotel or second home.
Bars, pubs and restaurants in Tier Four are closed, but they can serve takeaways.
Those living in Tier Three are also forbidden from socialising indoors (or in a private garden) with people outside of their household or support bubble.
But up to six people from different households can meet in a public outdoor location. This means you could meet friends in a park, at a beach, or in a public garden.
Pubs, bars and restaurants in Tier Three are closed apart from takeaways, and the government strongly advises against overnight stays.
People living in Tier Two areas cannot mix indoors with anybody who isn’t in their household or support bubble. A maximum of six people can meet in any outdoor location (including private gardens).
Pubs and bars can open in Tier Two, but only if they essentially operate as restaurants. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal, last orders are at 10pm, and venues must close by 11pm.
You can sit indoors with your household and support bubble, but you must sit outdoors if you’re with anyone else.
Overnight stays are allowed with your household and support bubble, and accommodation has been allowed to stay open. This means you could spend the night at a hotel (as long as it’s in a Tier Two area).
People living in Tier Two should avoid travelling to a Tier Three or Four area, if they can help it.
People living in Tier One can mix indoors or outdoors in groups of up to six.
Pubs, bars and restaurants can open (with table service only), but they must stop taking orders at 10pm and close by 11pm.
Overnight stays are permitted with groups up to six. This means you could stay over with family or friends – as long as they also live in a Tier One area. Hotels are also open.
People living in Tier One should avoid travelling to a Tier Three or Four area, if they can help it.