What tier is my area in?
Use the search below to check which tier your local area is in:
- What Tier is London in?
- What Tier is Kent in?
- What Tier is Manchester in?
- What Tier is Southampton in?
- What Tier is Birmingham in?
How are the COVID restriction tiers decided?
England is now in a 4 Tier system, which places local restriction on areas depending on 5 key epidemiological indicators, which are:
- Case detection rates in all age groups
- Case detection rates in the over-60s
- The rate at which cases are rising or falling
- Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
- Pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy
The indicators are designed to provide a full picture of what is happening with COVID-19 in any area so that suitable action can be taken.
What are the rules for each tier?
The lowest tier, tier 1, has relatively light restrictions when compared to the recent national lockdown, whereas the highest tier 4 rated areas have much tougher restrictions.
The idea behind the tiers is an alternative to a national lockdown; instead of placing everyone under the same restrictions, areas of England are instead rated from 1 to 4 depending on the local risk level. This means residents in areas with a lower risk level can have more freedom day to day.
You can check the current rules for each tier here: