THE Government has announced which coronavirus tier Cheshire East and West will be in over the next few weeks.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock provided a statement in the House of Commons this morning, telling MPs of any changes to the tiers in England.

Both boroughs had been in Tier 2 since December 2, following the end of the second national lockdown.

And both boroughs will remain in Tier 2, as Mr Hancock confirmed no changes to Cheshire’s tier restrictions in his statement today.

He told MPs: “As we enter the coldest months, we must be vigilant and keep this virus under control.

"This isn't just a matter for Government or this house, it is a matter for every single person.

"We've come so far, we mustn't blow it now."

Elsewhere in Cheshire, Warrington and Halton remain in Tier 2, along with Merseyside.

Leaders in neighbouring Greater Manchester had been hopeful of moving down from Tier 3 to 2, but the region is remaining in the highest tier, along with Staffordshire.

Any changes to the tiers come into effect on Saturday, including in the east and south of England, where many areas will join Tier 3.

Another review is due to take place on December 30.

What are the rules in Tier 2?

Households are banned from mixing indoors, apart from support bubbles, while the ‘rule of six’ applies outdoors.

Pubs, bars and restaurants can open, but can only serve alcohol with a substantial meal, and must serve last orders at 10pm before closing at 11pm.

Shops, salons, hotels, gyms and indoor entertainment places remain open, along with schools, colleges, universities and places of worship.

Live sporting events can take place in front of crowds of up to 2,000 people outdoors, 1,000 people indoors or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is lower.

Everyone who can work from home should do, while outdoor exercise classes can take place, but not indoor classes.

Weddings, civil partnerships, wedding receptions and wakes can take place with 15 guests, while 30 people are allowed for funerals.

Residents are urged to walk or cycle as much as possible, avoid busy times on public transport, avoid car sharing, and avoid travelling outside their own area unless it is necessary.

Covid-secure care home visits, through windows or visiting pods, can take place.

There are exceptions for things such as childcare, caring for a vulnerable adult, attending health appointments and visiting someone who is terminally ill.

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