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Tier 1 - Medium alert level

Full guidance on what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 1 of local restrictions is available on the government website.

Download the easy-to-read Tier 1 Medium Alert Poster

Summary of key measures

Business and venue closures and restrictions

Businesses to remain closed: 

• Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques 

Restrictions for businesses that can remain open:

• Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption
on their premises must:

  • provide table service only, in licensed premises (venues 
    that do not serve alcohol may allow someone to order from the counter, but they must still consume their 
    meal while seated if eating in)
  • stop taking orders after 10 pm
  • close between 11 pm and 5 am (exemptions include: 
    hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas although these places cannot sell alcohol after 11pm)

• Hospitality venues can host up to 15 people attending
wedding or civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and wakes.

• Businesses selling food or drink for 
consumption off their premises can continue to 
do so after 10 pm through takeaway, delivery, click-and-collect 
or drive-thru. After 11 pm, takeaway must cease.

• Casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades and others must close at 11 pm. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 11 pm, to finish performances started before 10 pm

• Cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sport 
stadia are exempt from:

  • Providing table service when alcohol is to be consumed whilst seated in the auditorium or area where the screening/performance is taking place

Business and venues remaining open

• Essential and non-essential retail

• Hospitality (see restrictions above)

• Hotel and other accommodation following COVID-secure guidance

• Leisure and sports facilities including gyms

• Entertainment and Tourism (see restrictions above)

• Personal care and close contact services (hairdressers, 
barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons)

• Public buildings (libraries, community centres 
and halls).

• Allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car 

• Essential public services (NHS and medical services, courts, 
and jobcentre plus sites)

• Early year settings, schools, colleges and universities

Places of worship (subject to the rule
of 6)


Activities allowed to continue


• Organised sport and physical activity can 
take place outdoors in any number. If it is not a formally organised, you can only exercise outdoors in groups of up to six (or your household or support bubble), or indoors with your own households or support bubble.

• Organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes can take place if the rule of 6 is followed. (exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing)

Driving Tests

• Theory and driving tests can take place

Large Events

• Sport, live performances and business events are allowed to take place indoors (at 50% capacity or 1000 people indoors, whichever is lower) and outdoors (at 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people, whichever is lower)

Weddings, civil partnerships, and funerals

Weddings, civil partnerships and wedding receptions can take place with restrictions on numbers of attendees (max of 15 people attending)

Funerals and linked commemorative events (e.g. wakes, stone settings) can take place with restrictions on numbers of attendees (up to 30 and 15 attendees respectively)

Social contact restrictions

You must not:

• You must not meet in groups larger than 6 in
any setting, indoors or outdoors (other than single households or support bubbles)
• Informal childcare can be provided via childcare bubbles

View Exemptions from gatherings limits

Visiting relatives/friends in care homes

You can:

  • Visit friends or family in care homes with COVID-secure arrangements (i.e. substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits). 

  • As an interim measure, indoor visits in the absence of
    testing will be limited to two people from a Tier 1 area with social distancing, no physical contact, PPE use and good hand hygiene observed at all times. Where testing is available, it should be used.

Guidance for clinically 
vulnerable individuals

Guidance for clinically 
extremely vulnerable 

  • Take extra precautions by strictly maintaining social distancing, meeting outside if possible, and keeping the number of different people you meet low

  • Work from home where possible (you can still attend work if homeworking is not possible)

  • Further guidance is available on the government website










Attending work and travel  

Going to work

• Employees able to work from home should continue to do so. In cases where homeworking is not possible, you can attend your workplace which should be COVID-secure.


You should:

• Stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area

• Walk or cycle where possible or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

• Avoid travel to or overnight stays in Tier 3 areas

• Not travel into a Tier 4 area (unless required for work, education, to visit your support bubble, to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm, to attend hospital, GP and other medical appointments)

View the government’s full guidance on travel

Face coverings

• You must wear face coverings in all mandated settings.



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