Leisure and sports facilities – such as gyms – can open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms must also stay closed.
All non-essential retail will also be allowed to reopen in the run up to Christmas, and essential shops and businesses like banks, opticians, dentists and garden centres – as well as education settings like schools – will remain open as they have during lockdown.
Hairdressers and personal care services will also be allowed to open in Tier 3 areas, unlike in the previous tier system.
The new rules across all tiers include:
- Uniform set of rules, there will be no negotiations by different regions
- Everyone should work from home if they can
- Shops and personal care services can open
- Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities remain open
- Registered childcare, other supervised activities for children and childcare bubbles allowed
- Indoor leisure – gyms and swimming – can open
- Elite sport, under-18 sport and disabled sport can continue
- Police will get new powers to close down premises breaking the rules
The rules for Tier 3:
- No mixing of households indoors or most outdoor places – rule of six in outdoor spaces such as parks and sports courts
- Hospitality venues closed, except for takeaway, drive-through or delivery
- Indoor entertainment venues closed
- Avoid travelling outside the area other than where necessary
- No overnight stays outside local area, unless necessary for work, education or similar reasons
- Accommodation closed (with limited exceptions such as work purposes)
- Places of worship open but people cannot interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble
- Weddings, civil partnerships and wakes can have 15 guests – but no wedding receptions allowed
- Funerals can have 30 guests
- Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but avoid higher-risk contact activity
- Group exercise and sports indoors should not take place, unless with household/bubble
- Elite sporting events, live performances and large business events banned but drive-in events permitted.