Coronavirus: What tier is Southampton in?

SOUTHAMPTON will join most of the country in moving into Tier 2 restrictions when the city’s full lockdown ends next Wednesday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed the new arrangements in a much-anticipated briefing this morning.

Southampton residents will be asked not to socialise outside of household bubbles in an indoor setting, and to continue observing the ‘rule of six’.

Many shops, restaurants and leisure venues will be able to reopen, albeit with restrictions. Detailed guidance can be found on the government website.

Prime minister Boris Johnson announced on November 23 that England would come out of lockdown on December 3 and enter a new three-tiered system.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the return to a tiered system will be tougher than before to avert another national lockdown. He said he was ‘grateful’ for the ‘shared sacrifice’ over the restrictions.

The whole of Hampshire will be placed in Tier 2 except the Isle of Wight which is one of three places in the country to be placed in Tier 1. Bob Seely, Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, spoke with Matt Hancock over the issue of combining the island with the mainland’s tier level. Mr Seely said: “It would be entirely wrong to combine the Isle of Wight with mainland areas with higher Covid rates.”

Tiers will be reviewed every fortnight with the first full review to be completed by the end of 16 December, says the Health Secretary.

By Hannah De Boltz (@Hannah_Boltz)