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Coronavirus: Harrogate District to be placed in Tier 2 (High Alert)

The Harrogate District will be placed in the second tier (Tier 2) when the new tier-system comes into places after the current lockdown.

The Harrogate District will be placed in the second tier (Tier 2) when the new tier-system comes into places after the current lockdown. Harrogate had been in the lowest tier before the lockdown, however the new rules mean the district will experience tougher restrictions from Wednesday 2nd December. The government released a postcode checker that enables people to enter their address and find out their tier, however the website crashed shortly after due to the high amount of web traffic. What are the restrictions for Tier 2? The rules for Tier 2 (high alert) are as follows: You cannot socialise with anyone outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place Rule of 6 still applies - you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies. Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing 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 If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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