Rules around seeing friends and family in Greater Manchester in Tier 3

As Greater Manchester moves into Tier 3 in the ‘Very High’ alert area next Wednesday (December 2) when the national coronavirus lockdown ends, these are the rules on seeing family and friends.

Under the restrictions you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you don’t live with, or who is not in your support bubble.

This includes any private garden and most outdoor venues.

Outdoors, you must not socialise in a group of more than six people in parks, beaches and countryside, in a public garden, heritage site or castle.

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Hospitality settings including bars, restaurants, pubs and cafes are shut – although takeaway sales, drive-thrus and click-and-collect can continue along with delivery services.

Manchester will go into Tier 3 again from December 2
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Hotels, bed and breakfasts, camp sites and guest houses must shut, apart from those that are people’s main residence or necessary for work, education or training.

Indoor play centres, trampoline parks, soft play, casinos, bingo and bowling alleys must shut, along with amusement arcades, escape rooms, cinemas, theatres and concert halls.

And indoor attractions within zoos, safari parks and wildlife reserves are also shut along with museums, galleries and sculpture parks, theme parks, fairgrounds and circuses.

Group exercise classes cannot go ahead in Greater Manchester and saunas and steam rooms must shut.

In Tier 3, there is no public attendance at any spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events.

Large outdoor events – such as shows and other performances – cannot go ahead with the exception of drive-in events.

Greater Manchester was in Tier 3 before the lockdown – but the rules have been beefed up
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Places of worship can stay open but you cannot attend or socialise with anyone outside of your household or household bubble, unless a legal exemption applies.

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with a limit of 15 people at wedding ceremonies. Receptions are not allowed.

For funerals, up to 30 people can attend and 15 people are allowed at commemorative events.

Organised sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue but higher-risk contact activity is not allowed.

Indoor sport and exercises classes are banned with the exception of indoor disability sport, sport for education and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.

People are advised to reduce the number of journeys you make “wherever possible” and avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including overnight stays, unless for work, education, youth services, medical treatment or caring responsibilities.

These are the exemptions from gatherings limits in all tiers

  • as part of a single household, or a support bubble

  • for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes

  • for childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum

  • for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups

  • for formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older

  • to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care

  • for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians

  • for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them

  • for birth partners

  • to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present

  • to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life

  • to attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present

  • to provide emergency assistance

  • to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm

  • to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service

  • to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer

|Ma Evening Post