What each level will mean for you and your family

England will return to the regional tiered approach when the current lockdown ends on December 2 – but more regions will face tighter restrictions than they did under the previous regime.

Matt Hancock will determine which areas to fall into which levels for Thursday.

Here’s what won’t and won’t be allowed under each layer.

Level 1

Those who live under Level 1 will be permitted to meet a maximum of six friends or family outdoors or indoors.

Bars, pubs and restaurants will only serve table service, and must stop taking orders at 10 PM, before closing at 11 PM.

Retail and personal care stores – such as hairdressers and beauty salons – could reopen, and indoor entertainment venues – such as cinemas, theaters, bowling games and casinos – would be allowed to remain open.

At Level 1, the stay-at-home message is raised although people are still encouraged to reduce their movements and work from home where possible.

Overnight stays are permitted if limited to a support bubble, a home, or up to six people.

Places of worship can be reopened, but people should not interact with more than six people.

Fifteen guests will be allowed at weddings and civil partnerships, and an increase of 30 guests at funerals.

Classes and organized adult sports can be conducted outdoors, but must follow a rule of six indoors.

Large events, including sports and live shows, will be open to the public but are limited to 50% or 4,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors.

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Level 2

Families will not be allowed to mix indoors except for support bubbles, with a maximum pool of six homes allowed outdoors.

Pubs and bars will remain closed unless they operate as restaurants, as alcohol is only served as part of a “basic meal” until 10 PM, before the venues close at 11 PM.

All retail, entertainment and personal care services can be reopened.

People will be encouraged to reduce the number of trips they take and avoid traveling to Tier 3 areas, except for educational or work reasons.

Overnight stays will only be allowed for those in the same home or support bubble and accommodations can be opened.

Places of worship can reopen, but people should not interact with anyone outside their home or support the bubble.

Fifteen guests will be allowed at weddings and civil partnerships, and an increase of 30 guests at funerals.

Classes and organized sports can take place outdoors but not indoors if there is any interaction between two different families.

Large events, including sports and live shows, will be open to the public but are limited to 50% or 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors.

Level 3

Groups of six will only be able to meet in outdoor public spaces, such as parks and sports fields – but not in private parks.

Hospitality will be closed except for takeaway in these areas.

Indoor entertainment venues – such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, and casinos – will remain closed.

People will be required to avoid traveling outside the area in unnecessary places and to limit the number of trips.

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One night stay outside the local area will not be permitted, except for work or education, and the accommodation will remain closed.

Civic weddings and partnerships can resume but with only 15 guests, and an increase to 30 funerals. Weddings are prohibited at level 3.

Places of worship can reopen, but people should not interact with anyone outside their home or support the bubble.

Classes and organized sports for adults can be conducted outdoors, but people are advised to avoid high-risk communication activities.

Elite sport and live sports will still be prohibited but driving events will be permitted.