Fresh restrictions have been put in place, as coronavirus cases across the UK continue to rise.

In recent days, a new three tier system has been put in place, with areas which have a higher proportion of covid cases faced with tougher restrictions.

These tiers range from the lowest – medium, to the highest –  very high risk.

At this time, Coventry and Warwickshire finds itself in the lowest risk bracket, unlike many neighbouring areas.

For example, Birmingham, Solihull and Leicester have all been placed in tier two – the high risk category.

But, just what is the difference between the tiers, and what restrictions are in place?

Here at CoventryLive, we’ve taken a look at what it all means.

What do the different tiers mean?

Tier one – Medium

For people in the ‘medium’ tier, which is the majority of England, including Coventry and Warwickshire, the lockdown rules include the rule of six as well as a 10pm curfew for the hospitality sector.

Residential care is open to visitors in these areas – unless the providers themselves have their own rules.

What’s more, there are no real travel restrictions – though people in medium areas are advised to avoid travelling to tier three zones.

Tier two – High

If your area falls into tier two, or ‘high’, the same rules apply, but the Government is also banning any interactions between households or support bubbles indoors.

The rule of six will remain for these areas outdoors where the virus struggles to spread.

Birmingham and Leicester find themselves in this category, with London looking set to follow this week.

Tier three – Very High

Tier three applies to areas in England where the virus is transmitting rapidly and where the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed.

In these areas, no social mixing will be allowed indoors or outdoors – and residential facilities will be closed to visitors.

Pubs and bars in these areas will be affected too, only able to open and serve alcohol if with a substantial meal.

Gyms are also having to close in these very high risk zones.

There are also travel restrictions in place, as people in these areas should not travel elsewhere – unless they need to for work or school.

At this time, Liverpool finds itself in this category.

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