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Summary of what you must do and what is open at low risk alert level 1.

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18 December 2020
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What you must do at alert level 1

At alert level 1 you must:

  • Follow social distancing rules with people you do not live with or who are not in your exclusive extended household.
  • Wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places. 
  • Only form an extended household with no more than 2 other households and they should stay the same.
  • Meet no more than 5 other people indoors.
  • Meet no more than 5 other people in private gardens.
  • Meet in groups of no more than 30 people outdoors.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Not travel to areas of high prevalence without reasonable excuse.

What can open at alert level 1

  • Schools, colleges and childcare providers.
  • Higher education institutions.
  • Licenced premises (can serve alcohol between 6am and 10pm. Premises must close by 10:20pm).
  • Non-essential retail.
  • Close contact services.
  • Hospitality.
  • Holiday accommodation.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Indoor visitor attractions.
  • Outdoor visitor attractions.
  • Leisure and fitness facilities.
  • Venues for events and conferences.
  • Theatres and concert halls.
  • Places of worship.
  • Community centres.
  • Crematoriums.
  • Libraries and archive services.
  • Sport courts, golf courses.
  • Playgrounds and public parks.
  • Organised indoor activities (up to 50 people).
  • Organised outdoor activities (up to 100 people).
  • International travel.
  • Weddings (ceremony limit set by venue).
  • Wedding reception / Wake (50 people indoors 100 outdoors).

What must be closed at alert level 1

  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.