Southampton to enter Tier 2 status for COVID-19 when national restrictions lift next week

‘High’ risk COVID-19 category set out by central government

The Government announced today that Southampton will move into Tier 2 from Wednesday 2 December. This puts us in the ‘High’ risk COVID-19 category set out by central government.

This will mean that people must not mix with other households indoors, apart from people in a support bubble. People must not meet with other households in any indoor setting. This includes inside restaurants and pubs, where people must keep to a household bubble.

Shops, gyms, entertainment and personal care businesses can reopen with COVID safety procedures in place.

Hospitality venues can reopen but can only serve alcohol with substantial meals, with last orders at 10pm and must close by 11pm.

Avoid travelling into Tier 3 areas, except where necessary, such as work, education, medical attention, youth services or caring responsibilities.

The full list of restrictions that apply in tier two areas is available on our COVID-19 pages.

To find out more about the government’s national Christmas Bubble between 23 December – 27 December visit the government website.

Dr Debbie Chase, Director of Public Health in Southampton, said:

“Southampton will be in the Tier 2 ‘High’ risk category along with the rest of Hampshire from next week. Although this means the lifting of some of the national restrictions, it is important to remember we are still in the grips of the second wave of COVID-19.

“The latest government figures show that our weekly infection rate is at 141 cases per 100,000 population.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is for people to continue following guidance so that we can protect the most vulnerable, safeguard our local NHS and save lives.”

Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council, said:

“It’s been a tough old year. People are feeling tired and fed up, emerging from a second lockdown and entering into the festive period under restrictions. The promise of a vaccine gives us hope, but for now, we have to stick with measures to do our part and keep Southampton safe from COVID-19.

“We're working with partners to make sure that high streets across Southampton can reopen in a safe way to support local businesses. But we all have to be sensible and patient so that we don’t throw away months of hard work and sacrifices.

“Our highest priority since the start of this crisis has been to keep people safe and support those who need it most. We’ll continue to do this in these very challenging times”

As well as following the Tier 2 rules, residents are encouraged to keep doing the basics:

  • wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and anywhere social distancing is difficult
  • wash your hands regularly
  • keep a 2m distance from others
  • open windows in enclosed spaces to increase ventilation in homes
  • if you get symptoms make sure you self-isolate immediately and book a test at or by calling 119

Reopening high streets safely

To support the safe reopening of the highstreets, Southampton City Council, alongside GO! Southampton (the Business Improvement District), have continued and renewed the measures introduced in the summer. These measures support social distancing and public health safety using the Reopening High Streets Safety Fund.

COVID Marshals

The start of December will see COVID-19 Marshals engaging with the public to keep people informed and help them to follow national safety guidelines. This will be supported by a new campaign called Keep Southampton Safe which will be launched in partnership with members of our Health Protection Board. The board includes public and private sector organisations from across the city working in partnership to keep the virus under control.

Read more about Southampton's Outbreak Control Plan on our website.