Tier 2 - COVID 19

Published: 18 December 2020

Tier 2 COVID-19 poster. Click for text PDFTandridge district to move to Tier 2 (High) from 2 December

From Wednesday 2 December the Tandridge district, along with the rest of Surrey, will move from the current national restrictions into Tier 2 (High) of the government’s three tier system for England.

Under the Local Covid Alert Level system, Tier 2 is for areas with a higher rate of infections and means some additional restrictions will be necessary to slow the spread of the virus. This aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing mixing between households or support bubbles indoors. The rule of six will apply in outdoor spaces, including private gardens.

Tier 2 restrictions mean:

  • You can’t socialise with people you don’t live with, or who aren’t in your support bubble, in any indoor setting.
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than six people outside (rule of six), including private gardens, beaches or parks.
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those required to close by law.
  • Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants.
  • Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, last orders must be taken by 10pm and they must close between 11pm and 5am.
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off their premises can continue to do so after 11pm, as long as this is through a delivery service, click and collect or drive-thru.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead, with restrictions on the number of attendees.
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors and will only be permitted indoors if it’s possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.
  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
  • If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.

This is in addition to national restrictions already in place, which include:

  • Wearing face coverings in places you’re required to.
  • Observing social distancing.
  • Working from home when possible. If you can’t work from home you should walk or cycle if you can, avoiding using public transport at busy times.