Coronavirus Local Alert Levels in England

The Prime Minister announced on Monday 12 October how the Government will simplify and standardise local restrictions by introducing a three tiered system of local alert levels. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are each developing their own system of restrictions.


These measures will be kept under constant review and local areas could move from one tier to another with little notice. I will update this page as amendments are announced.

This page was firstly published on 13 October 2020 and the last update was 21 October 2020.

The Prime Minister said, in recent months, local outbreaks have been tackled with targeted restrictions. However, over time this has led to different rules in different parts of the country, with some rules becoming increasingly complex and difficult to enforce. The three new local alert levels will be set at medium, high, and very high and the aim is that this new approach will introduce a standardised approach that will be simpler to understand and comply with.

Regulations for all three local alert levels were debated and voted on in the House of Commons on Tuesday 13 October 2020 and came into force on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

The Three Tiered System of Local Alert Levels

The Road Map to easing lockdown restrictions in England has 3 steps, it is intended that step one will begin on Wednesday 13 May 2020 and then as with the current lockdown there will be three weekly reviews.

The three tiers are:

  • Tier One – Medium Risk
  • Tier Two – High Risk
  • Tier Three – Very High Risk

Non-essential retail, schools and universities will remain open in all levels.

Local Alert Level: Medium

The medium alert level will cover most of the country and will consist of the current national measures, which came into force on 25 September 2020. This includes the Rule of Six, and the closure of hospitality at 10pm.

This means:

  • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
  • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed.
  • People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors.

If your area is not listed under either the High or Very High Alert Level headings then you should comply with the Medium Alter Level rules.

North Yorkshire, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council and are in the Local Alert Level Medium.

Update 15 October 2020

The areas covered by North East Derbyshire District Council, Erewash Borough Council and Chesterfield Borough Council were moved to Local Alert Level High from midnight on Saturday 17 October 2020

Local Alert Level: High

The high alert level will reflect many current local interventions, but there will now be consistency across the country.

This is for areas with a higher level of infections and primarily aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing all mixing between households or support bubbles indoors.

This means the following additional measures are in place:

  • 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 not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

The Counties of West and South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire are in the Local Alert Level High:

West Yorkshire

  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Kirklees
  • Calderdale
  • Wakefield

North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield

  • Brimington
  • Chesterfield
  • Clay Cross
  • Dronfield
  • Eckington
  • Holmewood
  • Killamarsh
  • Staveley
  • Wingerworth


  • Mansfield
  • Newark on Trent
  • Nottingham
  • Retford
  • Worksop

Update 21 October 2020

South Yorkshire will move to Local Alert Level Very High from midnight on Friday 23 October 2020

Local Alert Level: Very High

The very high alert level will apply where transmission rates are causing the greatest concern.

In these areas, the government will set a baseline of measures and consultation with local authorities will determin additional measures.

The baseline measures are:

  • Employees who can work from home should to do so to minimise contact risk.
  • Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a 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. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ alert area, or entering a ‘Very High’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘Very High’ area if they are resident elsewhere.

Additional measures may include the closure of gyms, casinos and leisure centres.

South Yorkshire

  • Barnsley
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Sheffield

Check the restrictions that have been agreed for South Yorkshire.

Liverpool were the first area to go into the local alert level Very High on Wednesday 14 October and Liverpool joined them on Thursday 22 October 2020.

Alert Level Postcode Checker

A Postcode Checker has been created on that shows which alert level applies in each area and the NHS COVID-19 app will also direct people to this information.

Movement Between Local Alert Levels

If cases increase an area may move to a higher level tier, however if they begin to decrease they may drop down to a lower level tier.

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