Scarborough and rest of North Yorkshire to move to Tier 3 restrictions from Thursday: Here's what it means

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Scarborough and the rest of North Yorkshire will move to Tier 3 from tomorrow, the Government has today announced.

The county is currently in Tier 2 restrictions, which have meant pubs and bars could stay open if they served "substantial" meals to anyone drinking alcohol.

Tier 3 restrictions mean:

people must not meet socially indoors, in a private garden or most outdoor public venues with anybody they do not live with or have a support bubble with. Everyone who can work from home should do so;

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people can see friends and family they do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) in some public outdoor places - such as parks or public gardens  in a group of up to 6;

weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events;

accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday lets and guest houses must close, other than where very limited exceptions apply;

hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs must close except for takeaway, delivery, drive-through and click and collect services. Takeaway must cease between 23:00 and 5:00, but delivery, drive-through and click-and-collect may continue during this period. This includes restaurants and bars within hotels or members’ clubs;

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indoor entertainment venues, such as casinos, bowling alleys, and bingo halls must close. Outdoor entertainment venues, such as botanical gardens and heritage sites, may stay open, although indoor elements at these attractions must also close. Cinemas, theatres, and concert venues must close; except for drive-in events; and

leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but indoor group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.

Many other areas of the country will move into Tier 4 Stay At Home restrictions.

The following local authority areas will move to Tier 3: Very High from the beginning of Thursday 31 December.


Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

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Worcestershire (Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest)


Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens)

York & North Yorkshire (Scarborough, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Selby, Craven, Ryedale, Harrogate, City of York)

Bath and North East Somerset

Devon, Plymouth, Torbay (East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon, Plymouth, Torbay)




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The Government says that between 18 and 24 December the weekly case rate in England rose to 402.6 per 100,000, a 32% increase on the previous week. The NHS reports 14,915 patients have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in the past week, an 18% increase on the week before.