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Summary of what you must do and what is open at medium risk alert level 2.

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18 December 2020
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What you must do at alert level 2

At alert level 2 you must:

  • follow social distancing rules with people you don’t live with or who aren’t in your exclusive extended household
  • wear a face covering (unless you have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering) in all indoor public places
  • not meet with anyone in a private home other than those you live with or your exclusive extended household
  • meet no more than 5 other people indoors at a café, restaurant or other open premises (unless with your household of a larger number)
  • meet no more than 5 other people outdoors or in private gardens (unless with your household of a larger number)
  • work from home if you can

What can open at alert level 2

  • schools, colleges and childcare providers
  • higher education institutions (mix of in-person and remote learning)
  • licensed premises
  • retail
  • close contact services
  • hospitality
  • holiday accommodation
  • entertainment venues
  • visitor attractions
  • leisure and fitness facilities, including gyms and swimming pools
  • museums and Galleries
  • cinemas
  • 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 30 people)
  • organised outdoor activities (up to 50 people)
  • weddings (ceremony limit set by venue)
  • wedding reception or wake (30 people indoors, 50 outdoors)

What must be closed at alert level 2

  • ice skating rinks for public use
  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues