Which areas of England are moving into tier 3 lockdown this week?

The city of Nottingham will be among the four areas of England moving to tier three this week – the highest alert level.

Affected areas will join Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, and Warrington.

Tier three restrictions come in the form of hospitality venue closures and strict social gathering rules.

Just which areas moving to the third tier? Here’s all you need to know.

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Which areas are moving into tier 3 lockdown alongside Nottingham?

As well as Nottingham, the midland boroughs of Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe will be moving to tier three.

The move comes as high infection rates continues to climb in these areas.

In the week up to the 23 October, Nottingham had an infection rate of 443.7 per 100,000.

Broxtowe’s infection rate was 342.9, Gedling’s rate is 418.2 and Rushcliffe had a rate of 393.5.

Leader of Nottingham City David Mellen told BBC Radio Nottingham: ‘We’ve got a growing number of people, way over 200 people, in our hospitals with Covid, and an increasing number in [intensive care units], so we are concerned about those numbers.’

He added: ‘Obviously we had many people die in Nottingham [and] Nottinghamshire earlier in the year and we don’t want to add to that number with many more deaths as a result of this.’

What are the tier 3 rules that Nottingham and the other regions will have to follow?

In tier three, pubs and bars that are unable to serve ‘substantial meals’ will have to close.

Additionally, household mixing is not only banned indoors, but also in private gardens.

However, those living under tier three are still able to meet with up to six people from different households outdoors (such as in parks), so long as they remain socially distanced.

Up to 15 guests are allowed at weddings and 30 people can attend funerals, with 15 allowed at wakes, but wedding receptions are not permitted.

People living in tier three areas are advised against overnight stays in other parts of the UK and should avoid travel where possible in and out of the area, unless it is for work, education, or caring responsibilities.

Gyms may remain open, but gym-goers cannot mix with other households. Gym classes can continue as long as social distancing is observed.

Shops and places of worship can remain open, as can schools, colleges and universities.

Local authorities in Nottingham and the other regions can implement their own additional restrictions if necessary. This typically comes in the form of venue closures. However, no such additional measures have been announced.

When will Nottingham and the other areas move to tier 3?

The measures come into force at 00.01 am on Thursday.

They will be reviewed after a few weeks.

If the coronavirus rates drop significantly in the areas, then they may be moved back down to tier two.

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