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Summary of what you must do and what is open at very high risk alert level 4.

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18 December 2020
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What you must do at alert level 4

At alert level 4 you must:

  • Follow social distancing rules with people you don’t live with or who are not in your support bubble.
  • Wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places.
  • Stay local
  • Not create an extended household (some people may be able to form a support bubble with one other household).
  • Meet only the people you live with or your support bubble indoors.
  • Limit the number of people you meet socially (a maximum of 4 people from 2 households living locally can meet outdoors including in private gardens)
  • Not travel outside of your local area without a reasonable excuse. 
  • Not travel internationally without reasonable excuse.

What can open at alert level 4

  • Schools, colleges and childcare providers (informal childcare should be essential only).
  • Higher Education Institutions (mix of in-person and remote learning).
  • Places of worship.
  • Community centres - limited opening (for example, for essential public services).
  • Crematoriums
  • Playgrounds and public parks
  • Weddings, in venues that are allowed to be open, and funerals (ceremony limit set by venue).
  • Outdoor sports courts and courses
  • Hair salons and barbers

What must be closed at alert level 4

  • Venues for events and conferences
  • Theatres and concert halls
  • Indoor and outdoor visitor attractions
  • Entertainment venue
  • Wedding reception or wake
  • Indoor leisure and fitness facilities
  • Outdoor visitor attractions
  • Holiday accommodation (open only if essential only, for example for work or other reasons)
  • Hospitality (except for takeaway and delivery)
  • Close contact services (except for hair salons and barbers)
  • Non-essential retail (click and collect allowed)
  • Licensed premises. Takeaway and delivery only between 6am and 10pm
  • Libraries and archive services (click and collect only)
  • Organised activities limited to public and voluntary services
  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues