Areas in Tier 1- Medium: need to adhere to current national restrictions - such as the "rule of six" and social distancing.
Tier 2 - High: areas must reduce household-to-household transmission as these areas have a higher rate of infection. In these areas all mixing of households indoors will be restricted. The rule of 6 will apply outdoors, in public and in private gardens. Most places currently under local restrictions will automatically be placed into the High alert level. People should reduce the number of journeys they make. In High (Tier 2) areas certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through. These restrictions will be reviewed every four weeks. London was placed in Tier 2 towards the end of last week. Initially Greater Manchester, and therefore Salford, was placed in Tier 2, High. However the Government has moved Greater Manchester, including Salford, into Tier 3.
Tier 3 - Very High: areas. This is for areas with a very high rate of infection. Social contact limited to one household / support bubble indoors and one household / bubble in outdoor gardens, hospitality or ticketed venues. The rule of 6 applies in outdoor public spaces (e.g. parks) and sport courts. Schools, universities and essential businesses, like supermarkets, as well as places of worship can remain open. In Very High (Tier 3) areas pubs and bars must close; they can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal, and they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal. Betting shops, adult gaming centre and casinos must close. People are asked not to travel in and out of these areas. For very high areas, the government will give further financial support for local test and trace, and local enforcement.