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Tier 4: Stay at Home

Full guidance on what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 4 of local restrictions is available on the government website.

Download the easy-to-read Tier 4 Stay at Home Poster

Summary of key measures

Business and venue closures and restrictions

Businesses to remain closed: 

• Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques 

• Non-essential retail (these can continue to operate click-and-collect where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises and delivery services)

 Hospitality (e.g. bars, pubs, shisha venues, restaurants, cafes). These can continue to provide takeaway (until 11 pm), click and collect, delivery and drive-through

• Hotels and other accommodation providers (except for 
specific circumstances, including people staying for work purposes or where they cannot return home) 

• Entertainment and tourist venues (e.g. theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks)

• Leisure and sports facilities (e.g. leisure centres and indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor riding arenas at riding centres, and indoor climbing walls)

• Personal care (e.g. hair and beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons)

• Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues

• Community centres and halls (apart from a limited number of exempt activities)

Driving Tests

• Theory and driving tests are suspended

Business and venues remaining open

• Essential retail (e.g. food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences)

• Market stalls selling essential retail 

• Businesses providing repair services 

• Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses

• Banks, building societies, post offices

• Laundrettes and dry cleaners

• Medical and dental services

• Vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals

• Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas

• Outdoor playgrounds

• Outdoor gyms, pools, sports courts, golf courses, archery/driving/shooting ranges (outdoors) and outdoor riding arenas at riding centres can remain open for individual exercise, and for people to use with others within their household, support bubble, or
with one person from another household. 

Places of worship (cannot interact with anyone outside household or bubble)

The full list of businesses allowed to remain open is available on the government website.

Activities allowed to continue


• Organised outdoor sport for under 18s and disabled people will be allowed.

Weddings, civil partnerships, and funerals

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people (these should only take place in exceptional circumstances)

• Wedding and civil partnership receptions and celebrations are not permitted 

Funerals and linked commemorative events (e.g. wakes, stone settings) can take place with restrictions on numbers of attendees (up to 30 and 6 attendees respectively)

Social contact restrictions

You must stay at home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’

• You must not meet anyone outside your household or support bubble indoors or in a private garden

• Informal childcare can still be provided via childcare bubbles

• You can exercise or visit a public outdoor place (i.e. parks, forests, public gardens etc.) on your own, with your household, with your support bubble or when by yourself, with 1 person from another household. Children under 5, and up to two carers for a person with a disability who needs continuous care do not
count towards the outdoors gatherings limit.

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). 

  • Close-contact indoor visits supported by testing are not allowed 

Guidance for clinically 
vulnerable individuals

Guidance for clinically 
extremely vulnerable 

  • Shielding advice is currently in place in Tier 4 - Stay at home as much as possible

  • You are strongly advised to work from home. If you cannot work from home, then you should not attend work.

  • Keep all contact with everyone outside of your household to a minimum, and avoid busy areas

  • 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 must:

  • Not leave or be outside of your home or garden unless you have a ‘reasonable excuse’
  • Not leave the Tier 4 area other than for legally permitted reasons

You can only travel internationally - or within the UK - if you have a legally permitted reason to leave home.

You should walk or cycle where possible or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

View the government’s full guidance on travel 

Face coverings

• You must wear face coverings in all mandated settings.



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