East Devon to be placed in tier 2 restrictions when lockdown ends


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East Devon will be faced with further restrictions once the national lockdown ends on December 2.

Areas across England will be placed into one of three tiers when the lockdown ends, but the system has been toughened.

The East Devon District Council area will be placed in tier two – a level higher than before the national lockdown.

The Government outlines tier two areas as ones with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections.

At tier two, households are not allowed to mix indoors, with a maximum of six people permitted outdoors.

Pubs and bars have to remain closed unless operating as restaurants, with alcohol only served as part of a ‘substantial meal’ until 10pm.

Retail, leisure and personal care services will be able to reopen, as can places of worship and non-essential shops.

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What will and will not be allowed under tier two?

– No mixing of households indoors aside from support bubbles will be allowed, with a maximum gathering of six permitted outdoors.

– Pubs and bars will remain closed unless operating as restaurants, with alcohol only served as part of a “substantial meal” until 10pm, before venues must close at 11pm.

– All retail, leisure and personal care services are able to reopen.

– People will be encouraged to reduce the number of journeys they make and to avoid travelling into Tier 3 areas, except for reasons of education or work.

– Overnight stays will only be permitted for those in the same household or support bubble and accommodation can open.

– Places of worship can reopen, but people must not interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble.

– Fifteen guests will be allowed at weddings and civil partnerships, increasing to 30 for funerals.

– Classes and organised sport can take place outdoors but not indoors if there is any interaction between two different households.

– Large events including sport and live performances will be open to the public but limited to 50 per cent capacity or 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors.

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