There are fears that the changes could harm the hospitality industry where different households are no longer allowed to mix.
Some exemptions apply to certain rules, for example with regard to childcare or when someone is dying.
Persons subject to access and contact agreements with children are also exempt.
Councilor George Duggins, Head of Coventry City Council, previously said: ‘It is disappointing for all of us that we have moved up to level 2, but the reality is that a steady increase in positive cases in recent weeks has made it inevitable.
“This decision brings additional restrictions and as a city we need to collectively set a goal to get back to level 1 as soon as possible.”
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So what are the new rules for Coventry at level 2?
The additional level 2 restrictions mean that:
- Households will not be able to mix inside, including in houses, places of recreation or reception. This means that you cannot meet friends from other households in the pub or in a restaurant.
- Households will be able to mix outdoors, including in parks, and private gardens provided they do not gather in groups of more than six.
- Businesses can remain open – unless the law directs them to close – as long as they operate in a Covid-19 secure manner
- Some businesses are required to ensure that customers only consume food and drink when they are seated and must close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Businesses and places that sell food for consumption off the premises may continue to do so after 10 p.m., provided this is done through a delivery service, a la carte service or at the flying. Customers should not be on site, even if they are waiting to collect take-out food.
- People can enter your home for specific purposes. These include where everyone in the congregation lives together, or is in the same bubble of support; attend a birth at the mother’s request; visit a dying person; to fulfill a legal obligation; for professional purposes or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services; for education or training purposes; for childcare purposes; provide emergency assistance; to enable one or more persons present in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm; to facilitate a move; to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person.
- The existing provisions for access and contact between parents and children when the children do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents remains exempt.
- Friends and family can also provide informal child care for children under the age of 14.
- Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
- Exercise classes and organized sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be allowed indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mingling with people they do not live with or sharing a bubble of support, or for the sport of young people or People with Disabilities.
- You can travel to areas outside of the Level 2 restrictions as long as you are not traveling with others from another household
You have to:
- Wear a face mask in areas where it is mandatory
You must continue to:
- Follow the rules of social distancing
- Work from home where you can do it efficiently
- Walk or cycle if possible, or plan ahead and avoid rush hours and routes on public transport
Level 2 exemptions
Can I meet friends and family?
According to the rules, set on gov.uk, you cannot meet friends or family in an indoor environment.
The guide states: “You should not socialize with your friends and family indoors in any location unless you live with them or have formed a supportive bubble with them. This includes private homes and any other indoor locations such as pubs and restaurants.
“A support bubble is when a household with an adult joins another household. Households in this supportive bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
“Informal child care can also be provided through bubble child care. ”
Getting together in large groups is against the law and those trapped could face fines of £ 200 initially along with other offenses, the fine doubled to a maximum of £ 6,400.
Organizers or large events could face fines of £ 10,000.
Exceptions to mixing different households
There are cases where groups from different households can come together. They are:
- in a legally permitted support bubble
- in a legally permitted child care bubble
- for work, volunteering to provide volunteer or charitable services
- for registered child care, education or training
- for arrangements where the children do not live in the same household as their parents or guardians
- so that the prospective adoptive parents meet one or more children who could be placed with them
- for supervised activities provided to children, including wrap-around care (before and after school childcare), youth groups and activities and children’s play groups
- for birth partners
- see someone who is dying
- to provide emergency assistance and to prevent injury or illness, or to escape risk of harm
- to fulfill a legal obligation, such as attending a court or jury
- to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
- to facilitate a move
- for a wedding or equivalent ceremony and wedding receptions where the organizer has carried out a risk assessment and taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus – up to a maximum of 15 people (do not take place in private accommodation)
- for funerals – up to a maximum of 30 people; revivals and other commemorative events are permitted with up to 15 people present (not to take place in private accommodation)
- for elite athletes and their coaches if necessary for competition and training, as well as parents or guardians if it is a child
- for outdoor dance and exercise classes, organized outdoor sports and permitted outdoor physical activity
- for indoor sport for people with disabilities, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for those under 18
- support groups of up to 15 participants – groups formally organized to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support (not taking place in private accommodation)
- protests – if organized in accordance with COVID security guidelines
Can more than six people be gathered in one place?
Places that regularly host more than six people can continue to do so, but they must ensure that people do not mix with other people from a different household.
This means that pubs, restaurants, and places of worship can remain open, but there are restrictions on mixing groups.
So you can no longer go for a meal in a restaurant with people from another household, or go for a drink at the pub with someone other than people with whom you live. The bubble support exemptions apply, however.
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