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New Covid-19 tiers: Matt Hancock confirms areas moved to Tier 2 and 3
17 December 2020, 12:15 | Updated: 17 December 2020, 12:18
Matt Hancock has confirmed the new England Tier areas today with more of the UK facing tough Tier 3 rules and restrictions.
Following the government officials meeting on Wednesday, the Health Secretary revealed the new tiers and completed the first review of the three-tier-system following England's second lockdown.
Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Peterborough are just some of the areas moving up to Tier 3 with Bristol, North Somerset and Herefordshire being the only parts of the UK to move down a level to Tier 2.
Here are the new Covid-19 Tiers as confirmed in Matt Hancock's statement today:
When was Matt Hancock’s new tier announcement?
The Health Secretary completed the first tier system review at 11:30 on December 17.
Government officials met Wednesday 17th December, to discuss the new restrictions.
Tier restrictions are expected to be reviewed approximately every two weeks with the next review due around December 30.
What are the new Covid-19 area tiers?
London and parts of Essex were confirmed earlier this week to be heading into Tier 3 ahead of the scheduled review. This was due to rapidly rising Covid cases in the areas and the identification of a new coronavirus variant.
From one minute past midnight on Saturday 19th December, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Peterborough, Surrey, Hastings, Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport, and Hertfordshire will all be in Tier 3.
The Health Secretary also announced some areas would be moving down a tier, with Bristol and North Somerset moving from Tier 3 to Tier 2 and Herefordshire moving from Tier 2 to Tier 1
Greater Manchester, Kent and Lincolnshire are already under the toughest tier restrictions and rules and will remain there for another review period.
To check what Tier your area is in, use the government postcode checker.