Announcing the new tiers, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons the revised system would allow for greater freedom than was allowed during lockdown, but they must be tougher than before. Mr Hancock said the decisions were “not easy but they are necessary”. He added: “While all three tiers are less stringent than the national lockdown we are living under now… more areas than before will be in the top two tiers.”
Can you go on holiday in Tier 2?
Residents of England living in Tier 2 will be able to go on holiday when the lockdown ends.
In fact, the same rules apply to travel across all three tiers, no matter where you live, when it comes to going abroad.
However, it is worth noting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is still advising against non-essential international countries to states not on its air bridge list.
If you go somewhere not on the travel corridor list, you will not be covered by travel insurance.
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In addition, you will be required to self isolate for 14 days when you touch down in Britain.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said all residents would be able to go abroad as long as “you’re going straight to an airport”.
The Chief Executive of Heathrow airport said: “Clearly if we have the Prime Minister and Grant Shapps having different messages, they need to give clarity.
“We need to get the UK economy back to normal as quickly as possible, and that includes allowing people to fly.”
Travel to Wales from anywhere in England is banned, and you should also avoid going to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The only exception for travel will be during the Christmas window this year.
From December 23 to December 27, Brits will be able to visit friends and family in devolved administrations as well as in England.
Rules have been put in place for households to create a Christmas bubble alongside two other households for the festive period.
If you’re looking to create your own Christmas bubble, there are some rules you should follow:
- All three household can only be in one Christmas bubble
- You cannot change your bubble
- Your Christmas bubble shouldn’t have people from more than three households
- Students who have returned home to family can be considered part of one household
- Existing support bubbles can count as one household
- Children under 18 whose parents live apart can be in two separate bubbles, so they can see both parents