Coronavirus

Government Publishes Details of a New Tier System

By PPA Staff

24 Nov 2020

The Government has published details of a new Tier System which will apply in England when national lockdown restrictions end on December 2. The whole country will be assigned one of three tiers, which will have different rules and restrictions for business events. Which tier applies to each area of the country is expected to be announced on Thursday, November 26.

Across Tier one and two, business events will be able to resume, which is a key area the PPA has been lobbying the government to act on. We continue to advocate for a government backed COVID-cancellation insurance scheme to allow events organisers to plan ahead with confidence.

In all Tiers, government advice remains that everyone who can work from home should do so.

In Tier One:

• you must not socialise in groups larger than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies. This is called the ‘rule of 6’

• businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner,other than those which remain closed by law

• public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

• public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

In Tier Two:

• you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

• you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

• businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner,other than those which remain closed by law

• public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

• public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rulesand limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

In Tier Three:

• you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

• you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

• hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed

• there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators

• large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events

Full details of the restrictions can be found here.

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