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Three Tier Approach to COVID restrictions – effective from 14.10.10

Portsmouth is in the (Tier One: medium) alert category for England under COVID restrictions

This means that:

Meeting friends and family

You can meet in a group of up to six people from multiple households. This includes children and applies indoors and outdoors, including private homes. There are exceptions, for example if your household or support bubble is larger than six. Meeting in larger groups (with certain exceptions) is against the law, with fines up to £6,400.

Going to work

You should work at home if possible. If you have to return to your workplace your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.

Schools and nurseries

Primary and secondary schools are open, as are nurseries and childcare. If a school has coronavirus cases, local health protection teams will advise what to do.

Leisure time

Pubs, bars and restaurants are restricted to table service only and must close at 22:00 BST. People are only allowed to visit in groups of six or less (unless they are from a larger household or support bubble). At least one member of any group should give their contact details or check in using the NHS Covid app. Face coverings must be worn, except when seated to eat or drink.


Shops can open with social distancing measures in place. Face coverings must be worn by customers and staff.


Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people (the reception must be a sit-down meal). Funerals must only take place in Covid-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces with up to 30 people in attendance. Wakes and other related events are restricted to 15 people. Organised sport and exercise classes are only permitted indoors if people can avoid mixing in a group of more than six. There are exceptions to enable disability and youth sport and physical activity indoors, in any number.

To find out which tier other areas in England are being classified as please click here.

The rules highlighted above are a selection of the key government restrictions in place in Portsmouth.

Always check your relevant national and local authority website for more information on the situation where you live. Also check local guidance before travelling to others parts of the UK.

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