Tier 4 From December 31st

New Restrictions For Northamptonshire

The Government has advised that Northamptonshire will be in Tier 4 “Stay At Home” Covid Restrictions from 00:01am December 31st 2020 onwards.

Details of the restrictions for Tier 4 can be found here on the .gov.uk web site. This summary is based on the details found there.

What Does Tier 4 Mean?

Tier 4 restrictions say you should stay at home. You must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. A reasonable excuse includes: work or volunteering if this cannot be done from home; essential activities such as shopping for food;  fulfilling legal obligations; education and child care; meetingothers but only if in a childcare or support bubble; exercise; medical reasons; communal worship and funerrals and weddings. The limits on these restrictions are detailed on the gov.uk web site.

Travel To Other Areas

You should not travel into a Tier 3 or lower area except for for legally permitted reasons such as:

  • travel to work where you cannot work from home
  • travel to education and for caring responsibilities
  • visit or stay overnight with people in your support bubble, or your childcare bubble for childcare purposes
  • attend hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm (such as domestic abuse)

Staying Away from Home Overnight

You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.

This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if that is not your primary residence. This also includes staying with anyone who you don’t live with unless they’re in your support bubble.


To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The businesses required to close include:

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
  • leisure and sports facilities
  • entertainment venues
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes.
  • community centres and halls

There are some exemptions. Please check the full details on the .gov.uk web site.

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