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Summary of what you must do and what is open at high risk alert level 3.

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18 December 2020
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What you must do at alert level 3

At alert level 3 you must:

  • Follow social distancing rules with people you don’t 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 1 other household and they should stay the same.
  • Not meet with anyone in a private home other than those you live with or your extended household.
  • Meet no more than 3 other people indoors in a cafe, restaurant or other open premises.
  • Meet only your extended household in private gardens.
  • Meet no more than 3 other people outdoors (unless with extended household of a larger number).
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Not travel to areas of high prevalence without reasonable excuse.
  • Avoid travel to areas of low prevalence and international travel.

What can open at alert level 3

  • Schools, colleges and childcare providers.
  • Higher Education Institutions (mix of in-person and remote learning).
  • Licenced premises - sales only (alcohol cannot be drunk on the premises, only taken away). Hospitality businesses close at 6pm, off licenses to stop selling alcohol at 10pm.
  • Non-essential retail.
  • Close contact services.
  • Hospitality (no alcohol for consumption on premises. Open between 6am and 6pm, and for takeaway after 6pm).
  • Holiday accommodation.
  • Leisure and fitness facilities.
  • Places of worship.
  • Community centres.
  • Crematoriums.
  • Libraries and archive services.
  • Sport courts, golf courses.
  • Playgrounds and public parks.
  • Organised indoor activities (up to 15 people).
  • Organised outdoor activities (up to 30 people).
  • International Travel.
  • Weddings in venues that are allowed to be open, and funerals (ceremony limit set by venue).
  • Wedding reception or wakes, in venues that are allowed to be open, (15 people indoors, 30 outdoors).

What must be closed at alert level 3

  • Venues for events and conferences.
  • Theatres and concert halls.
  • Indoor and outdoor visitor attractions.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.