In England, a three tiered system is now in place. Every area will be classified as being on medium, high or very high alert - tiers one, two and three. This means you will need to follow local rules if you live, work or travel in that area.
- Tier one (medium) covers areas with the lowest infection rates where basic national rules will apply.
- Tier two (high) means that national rules, and some additional rules apply. This includes not being allowed to meet indoors socially if you do not live with them. You can still meet in groups of six outdoors.
- Tier three (very high) means that, in addition to national rules, you are not allowed to meet socially with anyone outside your household or support bubble indoors or in certain outdoor locations, such as private gardens. You can socialise in groups of up to six in outdoor spaces such as parks, beaches and the countryside.
Wales will be subject to a coronavirus firebreak from midnight on 23 October until 9 November. Those living within Wales must adhere to the following rules, which replace local lockdown guidelines:
- you must not meet with anyone outside of your household indoors or outdoors unless you must provide care for a vulnerable person
- if you live alone, you may form an extended household with one other house
- you can still exercise outdoors, but must do so alone or with a member of your household
- all exercise should be carried out locally
- travel from England to Wales and vice versa is currently not allowed, unless you have a valid reason
- all restaurants, pubs and non-essential shops will close – though restaurants will be allowed to provide takeout services
Restrictions mean that you are unable to travel to a form of exercise ie to a beauty spot. This means you can only exercise your dog within your local area.
Check restrictions in Wales for more information.
In Scotland, you should follow current stay safe guidance, avoid touching your face, nose and mouth, and wash your hands regularly with soap, including before and after contact with animals and animal products.
You can only meet people from one other household both indoors and outdoors, and you should always follow social distancing guidelines. If you're meeting another household inside or outside, the rule of six applies. Visiting people in their home is not allowed.
Activities that are exempt from these restrictions, such as organised sport, and are open, will need to follow specific guidance for that activity.
The Scottish government is also asking people to think about whether you need to travel to, from or through the Central Belt. Where it’s necessary, plan to travel safely.
Check local restrictions in Scotland for more information.
From 16 October 2020 there will be additional restrictions in place in Northern Ireland, for four weeks. This will include:
- no overnight stays in private homes that don’t form a part of your social bubble
- a reduction to social bubbles, with up to 10 people from two different households
- no unnecessary travel
- no more than six people to gather in a private garden from no more than two households
- limiting gatherings outdoors to 15 people, unless this is a part of a sporting event. When meeting outdoors, social distancing measures must be followed, with the two meter rule in place in Northern Ireland.
The Department of Agriculture , Environment and Rural Affairs states that, ‘there are no restrictions on the use of animal care services or on training or exercising animals during the pandemic.’
Check restrictions in Northern Ireland for more information.