Coronavirus rules in Tier 2 and Tier 3 for supermarket and high street shopping

Liverpool has been placed into the strictest "third tier" of new coronavirus restrictions, while the rest of the UK is in Tier 2 and Tier 1.

Those in the third tier have had pubs, bars, betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres, and gyms close.

No other areas are in the third tier but there are many in Tier 2 including areas of Greater Manchester and Derbyshire, while London is set to move into it at the weekend.

The rest of the UK is in Tier One, the least severe level of restrictions but the government is keeping this constantly under review.

Under both Tier Two and Tier Three 'non-essential' shops and supermarkets are allowed to remain open.

But guidelines have been put in place for shoppers at the likes of Primark, Asda, Aldi, Tesco, M&S and Morrisons in 'high risk' areas.

Official government guidelines state that "shops following COVID-secure guidelines can host more people in total".

But is also says no one must mix indoors or in most public outdoor venues with anyone who they do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with).

This includes mixing in pubs and restaurants, which are permitted to open, as well as shops, leisure and entertainment venues, plus places of worship.

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The Government website states that those who are clinically vulnerable can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops.

It advises that they must keep 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre plus other precautions.

This means people can still go shopping for essentials or for pleasure but not with anyone you don't live with or who isn't in your support bubble.

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People who do go shopping are being told to follow social distancing guidelines at all times, and wear a mask unless exempt.

Northern England has been hard hit by a new surge in coronavirus cases.

Overnight stays will be forbidden in northern virus hot spots for four weeks, PM Boris Johnson announced on Monday.

The new rules mean anyone visiting the danger zones will be banned from staying overnight.

Residents will also be asked to leave the highest risk regions for essential travel such as work, education or health reasons, it is claimed

Liverpool recorded 2981 cases in the week to October 8.

The surge in new cases equates to a rate of 598 per 100,000 people.

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