Alert level 2

Recent and upcoming changes

From 31 December

  • if you have tested positive for COVID-19, you can leave self-isolation after 7 full days

From 26 December

  • up to 50 outdoor and 30 indoor spectators can attend community sports events
  • 2 metre social distancing will be required in offices and all public premises
  • a maximum of 6 people can meet in public premises
  • licenced premises will need to take additional reasonable measures to protect customers and staff
  • a maximum of 30 people can attend indoor events and a maximum of 50 people at outdoor events
  • people attending weddings or civil partnership receptions or wakes should take a lateral flow test before attending
  • nightclubs will close

What you must do at alert level 2

At alert level 2 you must:

  • Wear a face covering (unless you have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering) in all indoor public places, including when not seated in a pub, café or restaurant.
  • Meet no more than 5 other people at a café, restaurant, pub or other public premises (unless with your household of a larger number). This applies to both outdoor and indoor areas of the premises.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Self-isolate for 7 days if you test positive for COVID-19. You should take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) on day 6 and day 7. If either LFT is positive, you should remain in isolation until 2 negative LFTs or after day 10, whichever is sooner.
  • Not take part in an organised event indoors of more than 30 people or outdoors for more than 50 people. All organised events must be organised by a responsible body and have a risk assessment.

At alert level 2 you should:

  • Follow guidance on limiting the number of people you meet who you do not live with.
  • ‘Flow before you go’. Take a lateral flow test if you don’t have symptoms before going out, especially when meeting others. If it is positive, do not go out and  take a PCR test within 24 hours.
  • If you meet people other than your household meet them outdoors wherever possible. If meetings indoors make sure it is well ventilated.