Local lockdown postcode checker will show the coronavirus restrictions YOUR area is under

A NEW postcode checker will let you see which coronavirus restrictions your area is under.

As part of Boris Johnson's new 'three-tier' lockdown system, Brits will be able to search for the new rules they face.

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The PM said today: "A postcode search on Gov.UK as well as the NHS Covid-19 app will show which local alert level applies in each area.

"We're also publishing updated guidance to explain what the Covid alert levels mean for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

"And while these levels specifically apply to England, we continue to work closely with the devolved administrations to tackle this virus across the whole United Kingdom."

The three tiers cover medium, high and very high risk levels of local lockdowns.

Those under medium risk restrictions have to follow the national rule of six while those in high risk will follow those rules along with a ban on mixing with households anywhere indoors.

People in very high risk areas will follow even more drastic rules, reserved for those places with the worst infection rates, with the rules in the first two levels as well as pubs and bars forced to close.

Under the very high alert level, there can also be extra restrictions including closing venues such as gyms and casinos.

The new local lockdown alert level rules

 

Medium

  • National 10pm curfew
  • Rule of Six

High

  • The measures in place in "medium"
  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must follow the rule of six in gardens and outdoor areas
  • People try reduce travel and cycle or walk where possible

Very High

  • Pubs and bars must close but can remain open when serving a "substantial" meal such as lunch or dinner
  • They can only serve alcohol when serving meal
  • Wedding receptions are not allowed
  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space.
  • People should avoid travelling outside their area, and others should avoid travelling to "very high" risk places except for work, school, accessing youth services, caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
  • People should not stay overnight in another area if they live in a "very high" area
  • People who live elsewhere should not stay overnight in "very high" area

The current NHS Test and Trace App already allows people to quickly and easily check their risk level where they are by simply opening the app.

The new rules will be synced with the Test and Trace app to help people find out what the local lockdown restrictions are

There is also a post-code checker available on Gov.uk but it only directs people to the website for their local authority, rather than bringing all of rules onto the same portal.

Liverpool has been plunged in the very high alert level, with tough restrictions place on them which will come into force on Wednesday.

Most other areas with local restrictions already in force were given a "high risk" alert level, keeping a ban on households mixing in place.

A full breakdown of risk levels for each local authority and the new postcode checker is expected to be published swiftly after the PM's announcement today.

Mr Johnson said today the new system was crucial to make it simpler for Brits to know what alert level their area is.

He said: "(The local lockdown rules) inevitably produced different sets of rules in different parts of the country, that are now complex to understand and enforce.

"We will now simplify and standardise our local rules by intro three tiered system of local alert level."

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