Brighton and Hove will enter into Tier 2 after lockdown comes to an end on December 2nd, the government has announced.

The category, given to areas at high risk of infection from covid-19, means that no household mixing can take place indoors and some hospitality venues will remain closed unless serving ‘substantial meals with drinks’. These venues, such as pubs and restaurants, will be forced to call last orders at 10pm and close an hour later.

Tier 2 restrictions will apply to most of England, including Liverpool, Dorset and London, but many areas will face significant restrictions after being placed in Tier 3; including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Blackpool, Kent and Bristol.

Only two regions are placed in the lowest tier – the Isle of Wight, as well as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The new strengthened tier system, first introduced last month, will come back into force after the English lockdown ends on December 2nd.

The announcement does not change the four-nation plan to lift restrictions for a five-day period over Christmas, to allow families a chance to celebrate together.

A government website to search coronavirus restrictions crashed within minutes of the announcement of the renewed tier system.

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