Parts of Surrey will be once again be operating under different coronavirus restrictions when the tiers change.
From 12.01am on Saturday (December 19), Surrey will be divided up, with the majority of the county facing tougher Tier 3 restrictions, whereas the borough of Waverley remains in Tier 2.
Waverley residents can legally continue to see family and friends they do not live with outdoors, in a group of no more than six, in private gardens and other outdoor spaces. In Tier 3 you cannot do that in a private garden, but you can in some public outdoor spaces like parks.
However mixing households indoors is not allowed in either tier, except where you have formed a support bubble. That includes meeting in a pub or restaurant.
A key difference between Tier 2 and 3 is that pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants have to close in Tier 3. They can still operate takeaway, drive-through or delivery services. Entertainment venues like cinemas also have to shut but leisure and sports centres can stay open.
Unlike the national lockdown, non-essential shops can stay open in Tier 3.
Those living in a Tier 3 area are advised not to travel outside their area, although it is not illegal. You must follow your area’s tier rules even when in a lower tier area. And Waverley residents are advised not to travel to the rest of Surrey while it’s in Tier 3 but you can still travel for essential purposes like work.
Below is a list of key areas in each borough under each tier, and the rules residents living in these areas will have to follow.
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Rules for Waverley residents in Tier 2
- People must not socialise indoors with anyone who isn’t in their household or support bubble’
- The rule of six still applies meeting anyone outdoors;
- Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. They can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. These venues will still be table service only and must close by 11pm;
- Weddings can be held with 15 people, and 30 people can attend a funeral;
- Places of worship are allowed to stay open;
- Organised sport outdoors can continue;
- Organised sport indoors will only be allowed with people from the same household or support bubble;
- Audiences can attend sports and live performances if they allow social distancing and work at 50% capacity or 2,000 people when the venue is outdoors and 1,000 when the venue is indoors;
People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they take and avoid travel to a Tier 3 area;
- Stoke D’Abernon
- Thames Ditton
- The Moleseys
Epsom and Ewell
- Farley Green
- East Clandon
- East Horsley
- Jacob’s Well
- The Bookhams
- The Holmwoods
- Beare Green
Reigate and Banstead
- Lower Kingswood
- Englefield Green
- Virginia Water
- Upper Halliford
- Blindley Heath
- Sutton Green
- West Byfleet
Rules for the rest of Surrey in Tier 3?
- You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble; this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues;
- You can socialise in a group of up to six people outdoors in some public places such as parks, beaches, countryside that’s accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility;
- Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services;
- Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training;
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- Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close;
- Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open);
- Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead;
- There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators;
- Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events;
- Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies;
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, but wedding receptions are not allowed; 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events;
- Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place;
- Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s;
- You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
- Avoid travelling outside of your area, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.
For a recap on the tier announcement and what it will mean for your area in Surrey, read our blog here.