Boris Johnson described the three-tier rules in a statement in the House of Commons this afternoon and said MPs will debate measures on Tuesday, with the rules taking effect Wednesday.
One major change is that two households will soon be able to meet in a private garden, following the rule of six – which is currently prohibited under Bradford’s local foreclosure rules.
However, households mixing in homes or in indoor environments such as pubs, restaurants and cafes are prohibited.
Here’s a look at the Level 2 rules Bradford will need to follow starting Wednesday.
At level 2, up to six people from two households can now mix in an outdoor garden – but households MUST NOT mix inside homes or interior settings.
Places that are definitely classified as indoor environments include restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, casinos, and coffee shops. However, schools and workplaces are exempt.
The ban applies whether people live inside or outside the level 2 zone.
Exemptions from the ban on mixing households
Gatherings in indoor environments, as well as in your home or garden, can still take place for these specific purposes:
- where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same bubble of support
- attend a birth at the mother’s request
- to 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 provided by a registered provider and informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble
- to provide emergency assistance
- to enable one or more persons present in the assembly 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
- maintain the existing arrangements 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.
Can households still mix in outdoor public places like parks and pub beer gardens?
Two households can technically meet outdoors, respecting the rule of six. However, the government advises people not to socialize with people they don’t live with outside in public spaces like parks or in outdoor cafes.
Explanation of fines for lockout violations
If you break these lockdown rules, police can issue fines and disperse groups of rule-breaking people.
People aged 18 or over can be fined £ 200 for the first offense, reduced to £ 100 if paid within 14 days.
They can be fined £ 400 for the second offense. This amount will double for each new offense up to a maximum of £ 6,400.
Holding or being involved in holding an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is a separate offense, for which police can impose fines of £ 10,000.
Child care rules
Children of separated parents can continue to move between households.
“Informal” childcare, such as grandparents caring for children, is permitted for children under the age of 14 or for vulnerable adults.
A group of grandparents, living in one household, is only allowed to care for a group of children from another household. Childcare bubbles should be “on an exclusive basis – always the same two households”.
Parents and guardians can use childcare and early childhood facilities, including childminders and providers who offer before or after school clubs or other out-of-school settings for children.
They can also continue to employ nannies, including those who live outside of Bradford.
But play dates or parties are not allowed.
Those classified as more medically vulnerable to the coronavirus, or who have been previously protected, are advised to be extra careful and follow the lockdown rules to the letter – but they have not been told to protect themselves again.
You can still travel outside of Bradford, but you should not meet people you don’t live with in their homes or gardens, whether inside or outside your area, unless they are not in your support bubble.
You can still go on vacation outside of Bradford, but you should only do so with people you live with (or have formed a supportive bubble with).
People living in and outside affected local areas may continue to come in and out for work.
But residents should try not to share a car with people outside their home or support the bubble.
People can only stay in self-catering holiday homes, apartments, boats or other holiday accommodation with members of their own household or a supportive bubble. You can stay in a hotel, hostel or guesthouse with another household, but you should avoid sharing rooms with people outside your household or otherwise socializing indoors, for example in the room on the other, in reception areas or in restaurants and bars.
The government advises against sharing a caravan with another household and says you shouldn’t share private vehicles to get to your vacation destination.
People can visit Bradford on vacation but must adhere to local restrictions.
Sport and physical activity
Organized sports are allowed to take place in public – indoors or outdoors – but not in a private outdoor space such as a garden or inside a private house.
Adults playing indoor team sports must follow the rule of six.
Residents can visit gymnasiums, recreation centers and swimming pools provided they have the required risk assessments and guidelines in place.
Weddings and funerals
For England, the following attendance limits apply for weddings and funerals:
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are limited to 15 people
- Wedding receptions and celebrations can continue for up to 15 people in the form of a sit-down meal and in a Covid Secure setting, not in private accommodation.
- Funerals (including crematorium ceremonies) are limited to 30 people
- All other religion or belief based autonomous life cycle ceremonies or celebrations are limited to 6 people
Anyone working at these ceremonies or events is not included in the people limit.
The additional restriction on mixing with other households in the indoor settings does not change the attendance limits.
Religious ceremonies and places of worship
Residents can attend a mosque, church, synagogue, temple, or any other place or worship.
However, they should socially keep people outside their household away.
This means maintaining a distance of two meters, or one meter with mitigations (such as wearing face coverings).
If possible, prayer or religious services should be held outdoors.