Tune in Tuesday Episode 14
What does the 'three-tier' lockdown rule mean for businesses?
Welcome back to another Tune in Tuesday Episode 14. During last week we have seen quite a few changes regarding government rules and the idea of another lockdown. Today we will give you a rundown on what the three-tier lockdown is and what this means for businesses.
What does the three-tier lockdown mean?
Well as cases have started to rise, scientists concerns have grown. Many worry that Coronavirus will put a strain on the NHS’ services in particular areas of England.
Therefore, the government have created a simple system to understand the rules for each part of the country. Each tier depends on the rate of infection, as well as the increase and number of COVID cases.
What are the different tiers?
Tier 1 has the least restrictions and would be in place when there are less than 100 cases per 100,000 people. The rule of not exceeding more than six people gathering together indoors or outdoors would still be in place. It also means there can be up to 15 people at weddings, and 30 at funerals.
Tier 2 would start if the number of cases increased by over 100 per 100,000 people. This tier means different households would not be able to meet indoors, including gardens. This restriction would also involve not being able to meet at hospitality, leisure and retail locations. Additionally, weddings can still have 15 people, whereas the government has reduced funeral capacities to 15.
Tier 3 is the most severe. This tier will begin if previous levels haven’t helped to reduce the rate of infection. People won’t be able to see other households in any setting, whether this is indoors or outdoors. There may also be possible controls on staying away from home overnight.
Something, which is different, compared to the lockdown in March is that there are no plans to close schools or places of worship.
So how might this affect business?
If the area you are in is in tier 1, all businesses may stay open, no matter what sector they operate in. Yet they need to follow the guidelines and social distancing measures. The curfew will remain where entertainment and leisure places must shut between 10 pm and 5 am. However, the government are still urging people to work from home if they can.
Tier 3 is where businesses will see the most significant impact, especially the hospitality and leisure sectors, as they will unable to operate. Other companies may not see a huge hit compared to the lockdown in March.
What tier am I in?
How do I know what tier I’m in?
If you are confused or unsure about what tier you are in, there are numerous ways for you to find out. The government has produced a webpage that allows you to enter your postcode and view the restrictions of your area. You can check the restrictions by clicking the button below.
Has furlough been extended?
The Furlough scheme is not seeing an extension within the UK; however, a new similar system is almost underway in the UK. The innovative plan is prepared to pay two-thirds of workers wages for businesses forced to close.
Are tier 2 allowed to travel?
The UK government has underlined that residents under a tier two lockdown will be advised not to partake in non-essential travel. However, there is no official travel ban for those in tier two. This is different for tier three who are unable to travel unless essential.
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