Birmingham remains in a tier three lockdown on Boxing Day ahead of the next tier review.
Birmingham and swathes of the Midlands avoided being upgraded to a tier four lockdown for Christmas during the last review.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, shared news of places being upgraded amid a worrying rise of coronavirus cases across the country.
It means Birmingham stays in tier three – allowing non-essential retailers to open on Boxing Day for the sales extravaganza.
But what are the other rules in the city and surrounding region between now and New Year?
You cannot meet anyone socially, unless they are from your household or support bubble, either indoors or in outdoor spaces like private gardens, beer gardens, hospitality or ticketed venues.
However, rule of six limits still apply in outdoor open spaces, such as a park, forest, or beach.
Two households can form a ‘support bubble’ if one of them only has one adult; or a ‘childcare bubble’ if one of them has a child under 13.
There’s also now a new exemption which allows a multi-adult household to form a support bubble no matter what, if that household has a child under one, or a child with care needs under five.
If you’re in a bubble, you can behave as though you’re all in one household.
‘Clinically extremely vulnerable’ people who shielded in Spring can return to school and work.
There will be specific guidance for each tier.
Pubs and restaurants
Hospitality venues must shut and can only remain open as “click and collect” or takeaway services. This includes hotels. Drive-throughs can stay open.
Travel and holidays
You should limit any journeys made outside your local Tier 3 area – except for work and school run journeys. This is guidance, rather than the law. People are advised against overnight stays outside the area or having visitors to stay from elsewhere. This means no holidays.
The advice is to work from home if you can.
Weddings and funerals
15 guests can attend marriage ceremonies but receptions are banned. Funerals can have up to 30 mourners, with only 15 people allowed at the wake.
All retail – including non-essential shops – can stay open.
Gyms, pools, hairdressers, and ‘personal care’ (e.g. nail salons)
These can stay open.
Cinemas, bingo, bowling, soft play and other indoor entertainment
These must shut in Tier 3.
Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place outdoors, but not indoors unless it’s just one household or bubble.
Not allowed in Tier 3, indoors or outdoors.
Mass events, theatres, gigs and conferences
Can go ahead as long as the sub-group you’re in the venue with is consistent with social gathering rules for your tier.