Once normal freedoms have been done away with in 2020 thanks to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. After a summer of relative respite, coronavirus cases are rising in various areas of the country, and along with it a slew of draconian measures.
Various areas of the UK are currently categorised into Tier 2, with the majority of them in the north of England, currently the worst hit part of the country.
More than half of England is currently under high or very high level restrictions, with Liverpool and Lancashire now under Tier 3 restrictions – the highest possible level at present.
Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, West Midlands, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire are all in Tier 2 as it stands.
London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash moved into Tier 2 on Saturday – meaning 25.2 million are now in high risk areas.
Tighter coronavirus restrictions are currently in place across the rest of the UK.
Northern Ireland has now implemented a circuit breaker lockdown of sorts, with hospitality venues now closed and schools closed for the next two weeks.
Welsh ministers are also meeting to discuss a potential circuit breaker for Wales.
In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is said to be considering a similar tiered system.
Ms Sturgeon said the new framework will “strengthen our resilience to live with this virus” and will detail support for businesses in the future should they be the subject of further restrictions.