Covid Tiers In the UK: Can I Travel from Tier 2 & 3 to Tier 1

Covid Tiers In the UK: Can I Travel from Tier 2 & 3 to Tier 1

England is now operating under a new three-tier coronavirus strategy which divides the nation into areas of medium, high, and very high alert level. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the much-anticipated measures during an address to the House of Commons on Monday 12 October, followed by a televised press conference that evening, and the system came into effect two days later. The majority of England is in tier one, or “medium” alert, which means a continuation of such measures as the rule of six and the 10pm curfew – although some areas, such as London, have been warned they may be upgraded to tier two.

Can I travel to tier two or three areas from tier one?

The Government is currently advising people not to travel to and from the higher tier areas unless it is an essential journey.

This means anyone living in tier one should avoid visiting regions in tier two and three – although there are a few exceptions.

These include traveling for work or education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities, or if a person is in transit.

What does each tier of the new restrictions mean? Tier 1.

Tier 1

The first tier applies in areas where national restrictions continue to be in place, which currently means:

All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.

The 10pm curfew on businesses selling food or drink, including bars, pubs, and restaurants, remains in place. They can still operate takeaway and delivery services after 10pm.

Schools, universities, and places of worship remain open.

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.

Organized indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of six is followed.

Rule of six remains in place for all other gatherings, indoors or outdoors.

Tier 2

Tier 2

The second tier is applied in areas with a higher level of infections. The following additional measures are in place:


People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place including bars and restaurants.

They can mix with other households outdoors, including in gardens or outdoor hospitality settings and parks, but the group cannot exceed six.

People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Schools, universities, and places of worship remain open.

Tier 3

Tier 3

The third alert tier applies to areas with a very high level of infections.

Pubs and bars will close unless they serve substantial meals operating as if they were a restaurant. Alcohol served only as part of a meal.

Indoor gyms and fitness/dance studios, sports facilities, leisure centers, betting shops, adult gaming centers and casinos will close. Wedding receptions not permitted.

People cannot mix with other households indoors anywhere, including private homes and restaurants, or in private gardens or restaurant outdoor areas, unless they are with members of their support bubble. They can mix in other outdoor public places like parks, under the rule of six.

People advised against travel outside their local area or into another Tier 3 area other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities.

People advised against staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a Tier 3 area and must avoid staying overnight in a Tier 3 area if they are resident elsewhere.

Schools, universities, and places of worship remain open.