York Moved to Tier 3 – What does this mean for Students?

York is to move into Tier 3 from midnight tonight.

York is to move into Tier 3 from midnight tonight.

Matt Hancock announced today that York and North Yorkshire will move from Tier 2 to Tier 3 as part of today’s update to the Tier system, but will still avoid being moved to Tier 4, which now covers over 75% of the English population. 

None of the changes to the tier system so far have changed the student travel exemption, allowing students one trip home and one trip back to uni between the 3rd of December and 7th February.

Since the second national lockdown ended at the start of December York has been in Tier 2 restrictions, but it has recently had a significant spike in cases like much of the rest of the country.   

Under Tier 3 restrictions hospitality, such as restaurants, pubs and cafes are forced to close, except for take-away and deliver, and meeting in private gardens is no longer possible. 

Like Tier 2, meeting members of other households indoors is not allowed, unless they are part of your support bubble.  

Under Tier 3 non essential retail is allowed to remain open, and you are allowed to meet up to 5 other people in outdoor public places.  

With the most recent update to the tier system there are no parts of the country in Tier 2, and the Isles of Scilly remain the only part of the country in Tier 1, and over 75% of England’s population is in the strictest Tier 4.