The assessment of what level of protection should be applied to each local authority is broadly based on an analysis of five key indicators:

  • number of positive COVID-19 cases per hundred thousand people over the last week
  • percentage of positive tests
  • forecast for new cases in the weeks ahead
  • capacity of local hospitals
  • capacity of local intensive care facilities


We will not ask you to distance from people within your own homes or to stop taking outdoor exercise.
  • no in-home socialising  (limited exceptions)
  • outdoors and in public places, e.g. hospitality settings – 6 people from up to 2 households
  • different rules apply to children – more information available soon

Hospitality (food and drink)

  • eating and drinking while seated at tables is required at all levels
  • takeaways permitted for alcohol and food at all levels, as per existing arrangements
  • exceptions (e.g., hospitals, schools, student accommodation, airside premises, and hotel room service and meals for residents) apply at all levels

See a PDF table of the hospitality measures across all levels.

Indoors (restaurants, cafes, bars, public houses)

  • No alcohol
  • 17:00 last entry
  • 18:00 closed

Outdoors (restaurants, cafes, bars, public houses)

  • No alcohol
  • 17:00 last entry
  • 18:00 closed

Accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites)

  • open – socialising and hospitality rules apply
  • guidance advises non-essential (leisure/tourism) use only by locals
  • essential, e.g. work-related  use can continue


  • no non-essential travel into or out of the level 3 area
  • exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; shared parenting, and transit through restricted areas
  • international quarantine regulations apply


  • Active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) where possible
  • Avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possibl
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport
  • face coverings are compulsory on public transport


  • Open

Close contact services – e.g. hairdressers, barbers, tailors and beauticians

  • Open, but may be subject to additional protective measures
  • See guidance on which mobile close contact services are permitted

Public buildings – e.g. libraries

  • open (with protective measures)

Stadia and events

  • events not permitted                                                       
  • stadia closed to spectators

Places of worship

  • open – restricted numbers (50)

Life events (weddings, and civil partnerships, funerals)

  • Weddings/ civil partnerships – 20 person limit
  • Funerals – 20 person limit
  • Wakes and receptions permitted, subject to 20 person limit

ELC / formal childcare

  • Open –  with enhanced protective measures in place

Informal childcare

  • Permitted in line with household/numbers restrictions


  • Open – with enhanced protective measures in place


  • Restricted – blended


  • Restricted – blended

Driving lessons

  • permitted

Sports and exercise

  • Indoor: individual exercise only (exemption for under 18s)
  • Outdoor – all except adult (18+) contact sports (professional permitted)

Leisure and entertainment

  • Closed

Visitor attractions

  • Open with protective measures

Public Services (health following NHS remobilisation plan)

  • Essential face-to-face services only (online where possible)

Unregulated (children’s) activities (e.g. youth clubs, children’s groups)

  • Differentiated restrictions apply

Support services (mental health, counselling, day services, child contact centres)

  • Permitted/online where possible

Offices and call centres

  • Essential only/work from home (WFH) 

Other workplaces

  • Open – work from home (WFH) default where possible


Contact with others

  • limit meeting people outside your own household, avoid indoor public spaces


  • strictly follow the guidelines when shopping and limit the number of times you go to a shop
  • shop at quieter times

If you cannot work from home

  • speak to your employer to ensure all appropriate protections are in place
  • the majority of workplaces can be made safe. Where you have a concern you should discuss this with your employer. If your workplace cannot be made safe, you can discuss whether you need a fit note with your GP or consultant

School/formal childcare

  • parents or guardians should discuss with their GP or clinician whether children should still attend

See a PDF table showing advice at all levels for those at higher risk from coronavirus.

This information is for reference purposes only and may be adjusted.  Regulations in relation to each level will be published on and relevant public health advice (such as physical distancing and enhanced hygiene measures) applies.  Find relevant guidance on  All restrictions will be kept under review to ensure that they remain proportionate and necessary to address the ongoing public health emergency.

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