What does Tier 2 lockdown mean and which areas are in the high alert level?

MORE towns and cities across England have been placed under Tier Two coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The three-tier lockdown strategy sees regions and cities in the country categorised into medium, high, or very high risk. The tiers help decide the level of intervention needed in each area.

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What areas are under a Tier Two lockdown?

Boris Johnson unveiled the three tier system levels of medium, high and very high on October 12.

London has been moved into Tier 2, as have Barrow-in-Furness, Chesterfield, Essex and York.

These are the areas currently under Tier Two lockdown as of October 15, 2020.


  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cheshire East

Greater Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Stockport
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Wigan
  • Salford
  • Rochdale
  • Oldham


  • Warrington


  • Chesterfield
  • Erewash
  • High Peak – the wards of Tintwistle, Padfield, Dinting, St John's, Old Glossop, Whitfield, Simmondley, Gamesley, Howard Town, Hadfield South and Hadfield North
  • North-East Derbyshire





  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Preston
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Burnley
  • Barrow-in-Furness

West Yorkshire

  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Kirklees
  • Calderdale
  • Wakefield

South Yorkshire

  • Barnsley
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Sheffield

North Yorkshire

  • York

North East

  • Newcastle
  • South Tyneside
  • North Tyneside
  • Gateshead
  • Sunderland
  • Durham
  • Northumberland

Tees Valley

  • Middlesbrough
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Darlington
  • Hartlepool

West Midlands

  • Birmingham
  • Sandwell
  • Solihull
  • Wolverhampton
  • Walsall


  • Leicester
  • Oadby and Wigston


  • Nottinghamshire
  • Nottingham City

What is a Tier Two lockdown?

Areas in Tier Two – where there is a high risk of coronavirus – are banned from mixing with other households indoors, including in pubs and restaurants.

When outside, only two households will be able to mix.

The PM said this "primarily aims to reduce household transmission by banning mixing indoors".

Social distancing measures, the "rule of six" outdoors and the 10pm curfew will continue in this tier.

Most areas which are currently subject to local restrictions will automatically move into it.


What are the Tier two restrictions?

  • You cannot have people you do not live with over to your house
  • You cannot visit anyone else’s house
  • You cannot socialise with anyone outside your household in pubs, restaurants or any other indoor setting
  • You can still meet up to six people in a private garden or public outdoor setting, such as a park
  • Businesses will not be legally mandated to close
  • Social distancing and the 10pm curfew will be maintained

When will the Tier Two lockdown restrictions come into force?

Some areas are already working under the Tier Two guidelines.

For areas that were added to the high level tier measures came into effect on October 14.

In London, tier two restrictions will come into effect from midnight on October 16.

How long will Tier Two lockdown restrictions last?

Restrictions will be reviewed regularly, and will be eased depending on the data.

The measures will be reviewed every month, however, this doesn't necessarily mean they will be in place for a specific amount of time.

The restrictions could be in place for six months.

Will I be fined for not following the tier 2 rules?

There are some fines that will apply irrespective of the new tiered system.

Fines of £200 apply to anyone caught without wearing a face mask when a covering is required. The penalty doubles with each offence, up to £6,400 for repeat offences.

The fines for breaking self isolation starts at £1,000 and can rise to up to £10,000 for repeat offences.

Under tier two, you must not meet up in groups of more than six outside. Breaking this rule could result in a £200 fine.

Businesses can be fined if they do not collect test and trace details from customers and they must ensure premises are Covid-secure.

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