Level rules: what you can and cannot do in Bristol and South Gloucestershire from today


The latest levels of coronavirus went into effect at 12:01 am today (December 19).
Bristol and North Somerset have been downgraded to ‘High Alert’ Level 2, while South Gloucestershire remains at ‘Very High Alert’ Level 3.

One of the key points is that at level 2 people from different households still cannot mix indoors, and outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, are limited to six.

And pubs can only serve alcohol as part of a “heavy meal” and must close at 11pm.

Here is a complete overview of the rules for Bristol and North Somerset at level 2 and South Gloucestershire at level 3.

Level 2:

  • You cannot mix inside with anyone outside of your household members or your bubble
  • You can meet a group of up to six outdoors, including in a private garden or public place
  • Shops, gyms, swimming pools, and personal care services (such as hair salons) may open
  • Pubs and bars can only open if they serve large meals. Alcohol can be served with a large meal
  • Pubs and restaurants must close at 11 p.m., last orders at 10 p.m.
  • Sporting events in stadiums can accommodate up to 2,000 spectators, or a capacity of 50%, whichever is smaller
  • Collective worship, weddings, and outdoor sports may take place, with restrictions
  • Non-essential overseas travel is permitted, but quarantine rules apply
  • People are advised not to move to and from level 3 areas with a few exceptions.

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Level 3:

  • You cannot mix indoors, in private gardens or in most outdoor places except with your household or bubble
  • You can meet in groups of up to six people in some outdoor spaces, including parks, beaches or the countryside
  • Stores, gyms, swimming pools, and personal care services (such as hair salons) may remain open
  • Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must remain closed, except for deliveries and take-out
  • Collective worship can take place without mixing outside the bubbles
  • Small wedding ceremonies can take place, but receptions cannot
  • Fans cannot attend sporting events in the stadiums
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys and cinemas, should remain closed
  • People are advised not to move to and from level 3 areas with a few exceptions.

Rules for moving between levels

Residents of level 3 areas like South Gloucestershire should avoid traveling outside of their level (including overnight stays) except for reasons of work, education, health or care.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people at Level 3 “should avoid traveling outside of their region and reduce the number of trips they take where possible.”

Those in level 1 and 2 zones do not have to travel to level 3 zones but may pass through them as part of a longer trip.

Mr Hancock said: “It is recommended that people minimize travel unless it is necessary in a level 3 area and minimize travel. [unless] you need a level 3 zone. ”


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