Understanding what a visitor from Tier 2 can do whilst on the Isle of Wight

If someone from Tier 2 is on the Isle of Wight they should be aware of the things they can or can’t do. Here’s a summary

illustration of people wearing face masks with world flags on them

Government guidance says that from 12.01am on Wednesday 2nd December Lockdown #2 ends and the new Tier scheme begins. (That’s assuming Parliament votes in favour of the proposed return to the three Tier structure tonight).

Visitors travelling to the Isle of Wight from Tier 2 locations from Wednesday must still follow the rules from their own Tier when they arrive on the Island.

Pubs and restaurants
Although people from Tier 2 areas visiting the Island will be able to go to pubs or restaurants, the rules between the two Tiers differ.

For example, in Tier 2 you can go to a pub or restaurant, but only if being served a substantial meal, plus you can’t mix with anyone outside your own household.

In Tier 1 you can go to a pub or restaurant, it must be with table service, but there is no requirement for a substantial meal. You can mix with people outside your household, but not in groups larger than six, unless you all live together or are in the same support bubble.

Similar rules apply for shopping, leisure and entertainment venues, personal care/close contact services, places of worship, public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls, recycling and waste centres, car parks and public toilets.

People visiting from Tier 2 can visit those venues, but must not mix with anyone who is not part of their own household, in the same support bubble (or another exemption applies) when they are indoors.

Those in Tier 1 can visit those venues, but must not mix in groups larger than six, unless they all live together, are in the same support bubble, or another exemption applies.

Read the full details on the Gov Website.

In relation to sport or physical activities, those from Tier 2 can only take part in organised sport, exercise classes and other group activities indoors with people you live with or share a support bubble with.

For those in Tier 1, organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes are permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing in a group of more than six.

Read the full details on the Gov Website.

Weddings and funerals
It’s perfectly possible that someone from Tier 2 may need to attend a wedding or funeral in Tier 1.

For these events the same rules apply for Tiers 1 and 2.

The exception is that in Tier 1, “people do not need to limit their interaction to groups of 6 or their own household, but social distancing should still be followed between people who do not live together or share a support bubble”.

Read the full details on the Gov Website.

Visitor Charter
The Leader of the Isle of Wight council, Cllr Dave Stewart, asks visitors to take note of the Visitor Charter that was launched in the summer, setting out what the council expects of visitors (read more about the Visitor Charter)

Cllr Stewart said,

“If you are coming to the Island at this time, we ask that you continue to be considerate and help us to protect everyone wanting to enjoy the Isle of Wight. That means wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing and washing your hands regularly while you are here.”

When not to travel
Of course, if you are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of Coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you must not travel.

Rules of the Tiers
For the full list of what Tier 2 residents can and cannot do see the Government Website.

As a reminder for Islanders, the full list of what Tier 1 residents can and cannot do is also on the Government Website.

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Tuesday, 1st December, 2020 6:36pm


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“Understanding what a visitor from Tier 2 can do whilst on the Isle of Wight” What they can do, should really read “what they are supposed to and not supposed to do”, because they will almost certainly do whatever suits them. Who is to stop them? People aren’t supposed to cycle on pavements, drop litter, fly tip, break the speed limit, scam old peopl out of their… Read more »
Benny C

Too right. He actual answer on all counts is “whatever they like”.


So how are we supposed to recognise who is a visitor and who is a resident?
Who is supposed to enforce these rules?


Visitors have 5 fingers on each hand.


What about Tier 3 visitors to the Island ? Also what os the significance of the headline image ? not quite sure what national flags on masks is all about in the context of this article or the rather poor attempt to highlight peoples skin colour ?


It is just a stock image. Lighten up.