Regional Restrictions - Infographic

Ben McCarthy


29 Sep 2020


With guidance on coronavirus restrictions changing all the time, it is important that you understand the basics for where you live.

Below are some key points to remember:


Updated: 19/10/2020


Regional restrictions

Local COVID Alert - Tier Levels


  • All businesses can continue to operate, so long as the workplace is COVID-secure. The exception to this is any business closed by law, such as nightclubs.
  • Businesses selling food or drink must close between 10pm and 5am
  • Business selling food off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm, through delivery services, click-and-collect, or drive-thru
  • Schools, universities and places of worship will remain open
  • Weddings and funerals can continue with current restrictions on attendees (15 people for weddings, 30 for funerals)
  • Organised indoor sport & exercise can continue, following the rule of six
  • You cannot meet in groups larger than six, either indoors or outdoors


  • All Medium level measures apply, but there are additional measures too…
  • You cannot meet with anybody outside your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, public or private
  • Rule of six applies for any group meeting outside, public or private
  • Using public transport is discouraged except where absolutely necessary

Very High

  • All Medium and High level measures apply, but there are additional measures too…
  • Pubs and bars must close unless operating as if they were a restaurant. Alcohol can only be served as part of a substantial meal, such as a main lunchtime or evening meal
  • Wedding receptions are prohibited
  • You cannot meet with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting.
  • Avoid travelling outside the “Very High” area you are in, or entering another “Very High” area, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you’re a resident in a “Very High” area, or avoid staying overnight in a “Very High” area if you’re a resident elsewhere.

Areas under the “Very High” tier will also have additional restrictions determined by their local authority. Check your local authority website for further information on what these restrictions are.


Scotland is currently unaffected by the tier system, though this may change within the next few weeks. As a result, previous restrictions still apply in Scotland, these are as follows:

Central belt of Scotland - Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian & Forth Valley

  • All licensed premises (apart from hotels for guests, and cafes) need to close. Licensed cafes can open from 6am to 6pm but cannot serve alcohol. Unlicensed cafes can open from 6am to 6pm. These business can still serve takeaways.
  • Snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls need to close.
  • Gyms can remain open but must offer individual exercise only.
  • Individuals should avoid public transport unless it’s not possible for them to work from home.

The rest of Scotland

  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can only open for indoor service from 6am to 6pm, and outdoors until 10pm.
  •  In this period, no alcoholic drinks can be served to be consumed indoors—they can be served for outdoors.

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About the Author

Ben McCarthy works as a content writer for Croner producing commentary and guidance on employment law and key HR developments. Coming from an extensive legal background, Ben regularly constructs key training materials for clients and advisers, and provides daily contributions to national publications.

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