Tier-3 Coronavirus Restrictions Explained

From the morning of Wednesday 2 December Calderdale will be under Covid restrictions in the Tier 3 (very high alert) category for England.

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Here are the key points of the restrictions in Calderdale.

Meeting friends and family

  • From 2 December you will no longer be required to stay at home whenever possible.
  • You must not mix indoors – or in a private garden or at most outdoor venues – with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble
  • You can socialise in groups of up to six people in some outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches and public gardens.
  • You can form a support bubble with another household if you are the only adult in your household or the only adult who does not have a disability that needs continuous care.
  • You can also form a support bubble with another household if you have a child under one, or a child under five with a disability that needs continuous care.

Going to work

  • You should work at home if at all possible.
  • If you have to return to your workplace, your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.
  • This advice will not change after 2 December and the end of the national lockdown.

Schools and nurseries

  • Primary and secondary schools are open, as are nurseries and childcare.
  • If a school has coronavirus cases, local health protection teams will advise what to do.
  • All pupils and staff in secondary schools (Year 7 and above) must wear face coverings in communal areas outside the classroom.
  • Universities remain open, but students have been asked to return home for the holidays in a travel window between 3 and 9 December and complete the term online from there.

Leisure time

  • The current national lockdown ends on 2 December, but several rules will remain in force in your area:
  • Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes will remain closed, except for takeaway, drive-through and delivery services.
  • Entertainment venues including theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, will remain closed.
  • Organised activities for elite athletes, the under-18s and disabled people will continue.
  • Spectators will not be allowed at sports events and live performances.
  • Leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools can reopen, but groups exercise classes cannot be held there. Saunas and steam rooms must also stay closed.
  • Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but higher-risk contact activity should be avoided.
  • Hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites will remain closed except in certain circumstances (such as where they are someone’s main residence, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes).
  • There is no limit on the time allowed for exercise outdoors or, for example, for sitting on a park bench or eating and drinking outside.


  • From 2 December all retail outlets can reopen.

Other Details

  • From 2 December, places of worship will be open for communal services, but people should not mix with anyone from outside their household or support bubble.
  • Weddings and civil partnerships can resume with up to 15 guests; wedding receptions are still not allowed.
  • You should avoid travelling outside your area if possible.
  • You are not allowed to stay overnight away from your home, whether on holiday, in a second home or caravan, or with anyone you do not live with, or are in a support bubble with.
  • You can still move home, but people outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.
  • You can leave home to visit someone who is giving birth or dying, to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm (such as domestic abuse), to visit someone in a hospice or hospital, to go with them to a medical appointment, or to go to the vets (or other animal welfare services).
  • It is possible to visit friends and family in care homes as long as Covid-secure measures are in place.
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies cannot take place except where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover. These weddings are limited to six people.
  • Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked ceremonial events can continue with up to 15 people.
  • Apart from funerals, places of worship will only be open to allow individual prayer or services to be broadcast to the congregation.
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