Will hotels be open in Tier 2?

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The tougher tier system of coronavirus restrictions in England has now been approved by MPs with 291 backing the measures. The new system will see more than 55 million people placed into the two highest tiers, 32 million of which will be in Tier 2. Rules for hospitality and accommodation venues are dependent on the tier restrictions for each area. So will hotels be open in Tier 2?

MPs voted to support implementing the new tougher tier system across England from 12.01am on Wednesday, December 2.

The current lockdown will end in England on Wednesday, with each area of England put into tiers after that point.

The vast majority (55m) of English residents will be placed into high and very high tiers: 23m in Tier 3 and 32m in Tier 3, leaving just 700,000 in Tier 1 areas.

The Government revealed the tougher tier system earlier this month.

The system will see each area of the country placed into one of three tiers.

Speaking on the tier system ahead of the vote on December 1, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We can’t simply allow the current restrictions to expire for the reason he gives with no replacement whatsoever.

“With the spread of the epidemic varying across the country, there remains a compelling case for regional tiers in England and indeed Mr Speaker a compelling necessity for regional tiers.

“But I hope the House is clear what I am not asking for today.

“This is not another lockdown, nor is this the renewal of the existing measures in England.”

Will hotels be open in Tier 2?

In Tier 2 areas, accommodation, such as hotels, holiday lets and guesthouses, may open.

However, businesses must take reasonable steps to ensure that social contact rules are followed within their venues.

Multiple households are not permitted to gather indoors under the latest restrictions, which means people are only able to go on holiday with people they live with or those in their support bubble.

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Under Tier 2 rules, you are permitted to travel from your area, but should reduce the number of journeys wherever possible.

Residents in Tier 2 areas must avoid car sharing with anyone outside their household or support bubble.

In addition, you can still travel within Tier 2 areas to hotels and other guest accommodation.

You should only do this with people in your household or support bubble.

Restaurants and bars in hotels are also required to adhere to hospitality rules and close by the 11pm curfew.

However, guests in hotels will be permitted to order room service.

Over the Christmas period when the UK-wide Christmas relaxation of rules comes into force, up to three households are permitted to gather indoors together in each other’s homes and gardens, places of worship or outdoor public spaces.

They are not, however, permitted to meet up at indoor settings including hotels or other accommodation venues.

Which areas will be in Tier 2 from December 2?

In total, 57 percent of England will go into Tier 2 once the second national lockdown comes to an end.

The following areas will be in Tier 2:

East of England

  • Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
  • Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
  • Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
  • Hertfordshire
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk

East Midlands

  • Northamptonshire
  • Rutland

London

  • All 32 boroughs plus the City of London

North West

  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Warrington and Cheshire

South East

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Buckinghamshire
  • East Sussex
  • Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Oxfordshire
  • Reading
  • Surrey
  • West Berkshire
  • West Sussex
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Wokingham

South West

  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • Devon, including Plymouth and Torbay
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire (Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury)
  • Somerset (South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor)
  • Wiltshire and Swindon

West Midlands

  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
  • Worcestershire

Yorkshire

  • City of York
  • North Yorkshire.

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