It has been revealed that Birmingham will move into tier 3 restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2nd.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced earlier today all of the West Midlands region will be under the strictest guidelines from next week.
The region will enter the highest alert level in Birmingham and the Black Country, Solihull, Coventry, Warwickshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
Other areas in the Midlands and large parts of the North East and North West, including Manchester are also in tier three.
In tier two – the second highest level – includes London and Liverpool.
Mr Hancock told the Commons: “We should see these restrictions not as a boundary to push but as a limit on what the public health advice says we can safely do in any area.”
Around 23 million people across 21 local authority areas will be in the highest level, which includes Birmingham.
What does tier three mean for the city?
- Can only meet other households in outdoor public spaces like parks, where the rule of six applies
- Pubs and restaurants in tier three can only operate as a takeaway or delivery service
After a promising few months, this is a devastating blow for the hospitality industry who will once again have to close their doors for an uncertain length of time.
The impact tier three restrictions will have on certain businesses is increasingly high.
For more information on your local area, see the government website.
The government says it will review the tier allocations on 16 December, although there will be a UK-wide relaxation of rules for five days over Christmas.