The New COVID-19 Tier System

The rules around the various tiers continue to change. To help you understand what you can and cannot do under England’s tiered system, please use our helpful chart:

 

Tier 1 – Medium

Tier 2 – High

Tier 3 – Very High

Tier 4 – Stay at Home

Socially mixing Indoors

Permitted but rule of six applies

Not permitted (unless part of support bubble)

Not permitted (unless part of support bubble)

Not permitted (unless part of support bubble)

Socially mixing outdoors

Permitted but rule of six applies

Permitted but rule of six applies

Not permitted in private spaces, but rules of six can be observed in public areas, such as parks

Not permitted (unless part of support bubble). You must have a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home.

A full list of reasons can be found by clicking here.

Businesses and venues

Businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

Businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

Businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

Most non-essential businesses and venues must close.

A full list of sectors and businesses affected can be found
clicking here.

Hospitality

Pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants can remain open until 11pm, but must do table service and last orders at 10pm

Takeaways and delivery permitted after 11pm

Pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants serving food can remain open until 11pm. Table service only and last orders at 10pm.

Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal (where meals aren’t served the venue should close)

Takeaways and delivery permitted after 11pm

Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must close

Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must close

Entertainment venues i.e. casinos,
bingo halls, bowling alleys etc

Must close by 11pm

Theatres and cinemas can remain open longer where a performance begins before 10pm and doesn’t conclude until after 11pm

Must close by 11pm

Theatres and cinemas can remain open longer where a performance begins before 10pm and doesn’t conclude until after 11pm

All indoor entertainment venues must close, including indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues

All indoor entertainment venues must close, including indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues

Weddings and funerals

Permitted with limited attendance

Permitted with limited attendance

Permitted with limited attendance

Permitted with limited attendance

Sporting events, music performances and business events

Attendance permitted in limited numbers

Attendance permitted in limited numbers

No public attendance permitted (elite sport events to go ahead without spectators)

No public attendance permitted.

Organised outdoor sport for under 18s and disabled people will be allowed.

Leisure and outdoor activities

Indoor leisure permitted and organised outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue

Indoor leisure permitted and organised outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue

Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes are not permitted.

Organised outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue, unless they involve high-risk contact

You can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.

Personal care i.e. barbers, hairdressers and beauty salons

Can remain open

Can remain open

Can remain open

Facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must close.

Travel

All non-essential travel to Tier 3 areas should be avoided and the rules in Tier 2 areas followed when visiting

Travel to a Tier 1 area must observe Tier 2 rules. All non-essential travel to Tier 3 areas should be avoided.

Travel to venues or amenities which are open is permitted, but non-essential journeys limited

People are advised not to travel into and out of Tier 3 areas

People should stay local – meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live – and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

You may only leave home if you have a reasonable excuse.

If you are concerned that ongoing restrictions in your area could affect your ability to trade and you require support, please speak to our team.

Companies House to scrap paper reminder letters

Companies House has announced that businesses will no longer receive reminder letters, as it seeks to end paper communications.

Businesses across the UK have been receiving a notification letter by post letting them know that Companies House is withdrawing this service, as it seeks to save £1.2 million annually.

Instead, companies will be asked to use the email reminder service, which sends automated alerts to up to four addresses when documents are due and allows businesses to file information immediately from a link within the email.

You can sign up for the new email reminder service below by following the simple application process.

Click here sign up for the Companies House email reminder service

As part of this process, you will be required to sign in to the Companies House online filing service. If you are not yet registered for this, you need to do so before starting.

These reminders play an important role in ensuring you remain compliant with your Companies House obligations. Failure to submit the right documents on time could result in a penalty.

If you require assistance with any Companies House matters, please feel free to contact us.