Tier 4 information / restrictions update

Today we've heard from the Prime Minister that Portsmouth and the South East will be heading into a new Tier 4.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, Portsmouth will be moving to Tier 4 from midnight tonight, as part of changes affecting London and the South East.

Tier 4 restrictions and guidance must be followed from Sunday 20 December, in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus.

This means that you cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your existing support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. These rules will not be relaxed for Christmas.

The Tier 4 regulations instruct people to stay at home, which means Portsmouth residents must not leave or be outside of their homes, except where they have a specific purpose or a ‘reasonable excuse’. Exceptions include work, where people cannot work from home, education and childcare, and essential activities such as shopping for food or medicine, and for exercise. Full details, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

Where people are going out for valid reasons they should try to stay local as much as possible and avoid travelling out of Portsmouth. Plan your journey, walk and cycle where ever possible and if using public transport try to avoid busy times and routes. Avoid car sharing with people not in the same household or support bubble.

The Government has made these changes because the virus is spreading more rapidly in London and the South East, spread they believe is being driven by the new variant of the virus.

This decision means that Tier 4 restrictions and guidance should be followed from Sunday 20 December in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus. This is particularly important as the number of people needing hospital care is increasing, and pressure is mounting on the NHS.

The full government guidance and rules / restrictions can be found here:


Tier 4 Very High coronavirus restrictions, which apply in Portsmouth from Sunday 20 December include:

  • Stay at home. You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a specific purpose, or a ‘reasonable excuse’ such as work, education and childcare, medical reasons, and shopping for essentials such as food and medicine

  • To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively work from home should do so

  • Schools and colleges will remain open in Tier 4 areas, as will early years settings and childminders

  • In general, you must not meet with another person socially or undertaken any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble, or with one other person

  • If you need to travel, you should stay local, meaning avoiding travelling outside of the part of the city where you live, and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall

  • The regulations require some businesses to close, including

  • non-essential retail,

  • personal care, including hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons

  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must remain open only as take-aways, click-and-collect and drive-through or delivery as they were in Tier 3.

  • Businesses that can remain open include: essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and garden centres; petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services ; banks, building societies and post offices

  • The majority of public services will remain open, and you can leave home to visit them, including: NHS and medical services, like GPs and dentists; Jobcentre Plus sites ; courts and probation services.

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