Isle of Wight will be in Tier 1 – Here’s what else we know (updated)

Here’s what we know of how that will affect travelling to spend time with relatives

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The Isle of Wight will be placed in Tier 1 once the country comes out of the second Coronavirus lockdown on 3rd December, it has been announced today.

The Isle of Wight is one of three areas that remain in Tier 1 in the country, the others being Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Neighbouring Portsmouth and Southampton are both in Tier 2 – see full list below.

Although the figures for the Island remain low, the number of positive Coronavirus tests on the Island has been steadily rising, peaking in November, with a cumulative total of 940 positive tests reported on Wednesday.

Reviewed regularly
As before, the Tier system will be reviewed regularly (next review 16th December) and could lead to an area’s Tier level changing before Christmas.

Under Tier 1, hospitality businesses can stay open until 11pm with table service only, but, in an effort to stagger departures, last orders must be made by 10pm.

The “rule of six” will also remain in place indoors, meaning social household mixing is still allowed.

In Tier 1, people will be encouraged to minimise travel and work from home where possible. See the full restrictions below.

Careful judgement needed for Christmas bubbles
Earlier in the week the Prime Minister announced that families can get together in a bubble of three households for five days between 23rd and 27th December.

Although the Government said people will be permitted to ‘travel between Tiers without restriction’ in the five-day period (to join their Christmas bubble), scientists have urged caution.

Considering the social risk
Medical experts have said people should exercise “careful judgement” about visiting elderly relatives at Christmas and reminding people that forming a bubble for those who are vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable carries additional risks.

When following these new rules, residents are reminded to continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable.

Delay or have a different kind of Christmas?
Professor Devi Sridhar and Joan Bakewell were interviewed by Channel Four News earlier in the week to give their view of whether families should be travelling across the country to be spending time together over the Christmas period.

Press play below to hear their views.

Tier One restrictions
You must not socialise in groups larger than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies. This is called the ‘rule of 6’

  • businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
  • provide table service only, for premises that serve alcohol
  • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are exempt)
  • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • places of worship remain open, but you must not attend or socialise in groups of more than 6 people while there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • 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
  • organised outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue to take place, if the rule of 6 is followed. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • if you live in a tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

(Scroll up to find out more about Christmas bubble arrangements and Tier 1 restrictions)

Tier 1: Medium alert

South East

  • Isle of Wight

South West

  • Cornwall
  • Isles of Scilly

Tier 2: High alert

North West

  • Cumbria
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Warrington and Cheshire


  • York
  • North Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

East Midlands

  • Rutland
  • Northamptonshire

East of England

  • Suffolk
  • Hertfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire, including Peterborough
  • Norfolk
  • Essex, Thurrock and Southend on Sea
  • Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes


  • all 32 boroughs plus the City of London

South East

  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Surrey
  • Reading
  • Wokingham
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • West Berkshire
  • Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire

South West

  • South Somerset, Somerset West and Taunton, Mendip and Sedgemoor
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Dorset
  • Bournemouth
  • Christchurch
  • Poole
  • Gloucestershire
  • Wiltshire and Swindon
  • Devon

Tier 3: Very High alert

North East

  • Tees Valley Combined Authority:
    • Hartlepool
    • Middlesbrough
    • Stockton-on-Tees
    • Redcar and Cleveland
    • Darlington
  • North East Combined Authority:
    • Sunderland
    • South Tyneside
    • Gateshead
    • Newcastle upon Tyne
    • North Tyneside
    • County Durham
    • Northumberland

North West

  • Greater Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire and The Humber

  • The Humber
  • West Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire

West Midlands

  • Birmingham and Black Country
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull

East Midlands

  • Derby and Derbyshire
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire

South East

  • Slough (remainder of Berkshire is tier 2: High alert)
  • Kent and Medway

South West

  • Bristol
  • South Gloucestershire
  • North Somerset

Article edit
2.30pm 27th Nov 2020 – Removed “(except the Isle of Wight)” from next to Hampshire (as copied from the Gov Website)

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Thursday, 26th November, 2020 11:30am



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13 Comments on "Isle of Wight will be in Tier 1 – Here’s what else we know (updated)"

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Jenny Smart

Just received a flyer through the post from that condescending little twerp Cllr Dave Stewart, telling me to be vigilant.

A little bit of common sense on his part wouldn’t go amiss.


I notice Sausage Seely on the BBC dinnertime ‘news’ trying to take all the credit for this-I suppose next week he’ll be advertising us as low covid holiday destination.


The only credit Half Sausage Seeley can take is for breaking lockdown rules at a Seaview Soirée!
The Tiers would have been more or less decided last week when Boris made his statement.
More to do with infection rates and the local hospitals ability to cope rather than the most useless MP the Island has ever had!

Steve Goodman

Also drawing attention to his failure to respond to his con colleague’s failure to take the credit for her bullying behaviour and the PM’s discreditable failure to deal with it…

Rhos yr Alarch

A little concerning that Bournemouth and Portsmouth are only in Tier 2 despite having some areas in the highest category for levels of infection. Being only in Tier 2 risks further increase in infection and spread to neighbouring areas…


Brilliant news for the Island, The best Christmas present we could have hoped for.


Far from it!

We will now have those two numpties, Cllr Ward and Will Myles, selling the island as a great place to staycation to tier 2 and tier 3 communities


Tier 2: Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight)? Hands up who else is sick of seeing the Island referred to as part of Hampshire. The European Union did this and thereby deprived the Island of funding for the poorest areas. The IoW and Hants are like chalk and cheese – or wool, to which the latter owed its wealth in the past.

According to Wikipedia (I’ll put the link separately): ‘There remains occasional confusion between the Isle of Wight as a county and its former position within Hampshire.[92] The island was regarded and administered as a part of Hampshire until 1890, when its distinct identity was recognised with the formation of Isle of Wight County Council (see also Politics of the Isle of Wight). However, it remained a part… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch

It’s certainly the case that many people in Hampshire unshakably believe that the I.W. is part of their county…


Wait till the students come home for their Christmas holidays. They are expected, on average, to infect one other person in their household, let alone others they socialise with outside their family. I’m not saying it’s their fault – at uni they are crammed together in flats.

Angela Hewitt

It all went wrong for the Island when the councilors at the time lobbied for the Isle of Wight to be part of the South East Region when we would have fitted better with the South West.