Salisbury Business Improvement District

Salisbury and Wiltshire to remain in Tier 2: High Alert

17th December 2020

Following the Government review today, Wiltshire will remain in Tier 2: High alert, which is the same tier it has been in since 2nd December 2020.

This means that the existing restrictions remain in place. These include:

  • People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must also not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including in a garden or public space.
  • Businesses and venues can remain open in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that are closed by law (such a nightclubs).
  • Pubs and bars may not provide alcohol for consumption on the premises, unless with a substantial meal, so they are operating as a restaurant. They may remain open for takeaway services.
  • Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to provide table service only. In premises that sell alcohol, they need to close between 11pm and 5am with some exemptions, and stop taking orders after 10pm.
  • Hospitality venues that do not serve alcohol may allow someone to order from the counter, but they must still consume their meal from a seat if eating in.
  • Education settings remain open.
  • Leisure centres, gyms and libraries remain open.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
  • Outdoor street markets will continue to sell full range of items.
  • Places of worship remain open, but people must not attend or socialise in groups of more than six people while there, unless there's a legal exemption.

Further guidance about the Tier 2 restrictions can be found here.

Information regarding support grants for businesses impacted by the restrictions can be found here.

Government has confirmed Christmas bubbles of up to three households can form between 23rd and 27th December, but the advice is to be extremely cautious.