Which coronavirus tier am I in? Full list of changes as millions get tougher rules
Millions more people in England are to be plunged into the most restrictive coronavirus tier.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning announced in the House of Commons which areas will move into a different tier.
Large parts of the east and south east of England will be moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3.
Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hastings and Rother, Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant, Peterborough, the whole of Hertfordshire, and Surrey with the exception Waverley will all be in the highest tier from Saturday.
In total 5.1million people will be moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3.
Bristol and North Somerset will be entering Tier 2, while Herefordshire will drop down from Tier 2 to Tier 1.
Mr Hancock said the UK has "come so far" and "mustn't blow it now".
Making a statement in the Commons, he told MPs: "As we enter the coldest months we must be vigilant and keep this virus under control."Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Tier 3
Large parts of the east and south east of England have seen their infection rates rise rapidly since the November lockdown was lifted.
While Kent was placed in Tier 3 on December 2, London and parts of Essex were bumped up a tier earlier this week.
Now they will be joined in the highest tier by home counties Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, most of Surrey except Waverley, the rest of Hertfordshire not already in Tier 3 and Peterborough.
Areas on the coast Hastings and Rother in Sussex to Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant in Hampshire are also being moved into Tier 3.
That means from Saturday sports venues which were allowed to welcome in 2,000 supporters will have to shut out the public.
Pubs and bars will also not be allowed to welcome in customers.Read More Related Articles Tier 2
The only parts of England dropping down from Tier 3 to Tier 2 are Bristol and North Somerset.
There has been a "huge reduction" in cases in the region since Tier 3 restrictions were introduced two weeks ago, said Mr Hancock.
In Tier 2 pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen - but alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.
People are still not allowed to mix indoors with people from outside of their household.Tier 1
Herefordshire is the only new area to enter Tier 1.
Mr Hancock said: “Rates in Herefordshire have also come down to 45 in 100,000 and are falling, and we can therefore bring Herefordshire out of Tier 2 and into Tier 1."
It joins the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.
Under “medium alert” Tier 1, people can meet a maximum of six friends or family outdoors or indoors.
Pubs and restaurants can open, but with table service only and an 11pm closing time.
Ahead of the announcement Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said there had been a "clear case" for his region to go down to Tier 2 - something which was not announced.
But he said he feared ministers will "overcompensate" because of the decision to allow the Christmas easing of restrictions to go ahead despite warnings it will lead to a spike in infections and deaths.
Mr Burnham said the Government had made a clear "mistake" over Christmas, in easing the law to allow three households to come together between December 23 and 27.
Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to lessen the freedoms being granted over the festive season and instead urged people to have a "smaller, safer" Christmas and avoid the elderly and vulnerable.
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, on the other hand, was set to change the law in Wales to limit mixing to just two households before a fresh lockdown is imposed.
On Thursday, he said that the 11,000 positive tests that had gone missing from Welsh figures in recent days highlighted the need for stricter measures.
Mr Drakeford told BBC Breakfast: "This was planned upgrading of the computer system, none of the data is missing, everybody who had a positive test in Wales was told that last week, everything was uploaded.
"But the figures do demonstrate just how serious the position here in Wales has become and underlines why we made the decisions yesterday, both in the lead-up to Christmas, during Christmas, and once Christmas is over."
The picture across England was largely one of rising infections, with the latest data showing 255 (81%) of the 315 local areas in England have seen a rise in case rates and 60 (19%) have seen a fall.
The Government said a further 612 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK as of Wednesday, while a further 25,161 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported.
Mr Johnson had wanted to maintain a UK-wide approach to Christmas, but Wales deviated from the plan in legally limiting households allowed to mix to two.
But each nation was upping its safety warnings and a joint statement from the governments of the UK, Scotland and Wales said: "The safest approach may be not to form a Christmas bubble."
England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said modelling indicated the looser restrictions would lead to more deaths.
"Keep it small, keep it short, keep it local and think of the most vulnerable people," was his advice for the festive period.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her "strong recommendation" was for people to stay within their own household and own home.
In Northern Ireland, First Minister Arlene Foster said the public must take "all and every precaution" at Christmas and proposals for further restrictions will be brought forward on Thursday.
Full list - changes in boldTier 1
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
Cambridgeshire, except for Peterborough
Liverpool City Region
Warrington and Cheshire
Brighton and Hove
East Sussex (except for Hastings and Rother)
Hampshire (except Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport)
Bath and North East Somerset
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Devon, including Plymouth and Torbay
Gloucestershire (Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury)
Somerset (South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor)
Wiltshire and Swindon
Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
Derby and Derbyshire
Leicester and Leicestershire
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Newcastle upon Tyne
Redcar and Cleveland
Blackburn with Darwen
Kent and Medway
Essex (except Colchester, Tendring and Uttlesford)
Hastings and Rother (East Sussex)
Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant (Hampshire)
Surrey (except Waverley)
Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull
East Riding of Yorkshire
Kingston upon Hull/Hull
North East Lincolnshire