COVID-19 England: Three Tiered System

by | Oct 20, 2020

On Monday, the UK government introduced a new, three tier system that meant placing different parts of the country into different COVID alert level categories.

This more localised approach meant that depending on the number of COVID-19 cases in a given area, it was placed in either a Medium, High or Very High COVID alert level.

The tiered system explained, by The Telegraph.

Credit: The Telegraph


What does this mean for the beauty industry?


So far, in Medium and High rated locations, beauty industries, categorised as ‘Personal care and close contact services’ remain open. However, in Very High rated locations, rules for personal care and close contact services may differ by location. Whilst most remain open you can find out detailed Coronavirus restrictions in your local area at:


See below the updated locations and their tier classification.

Areas in Medium COVID alert level:


All areas but those listed in ‘High’ or ‘Very High’ categories have been categorised as Medium.


Areas in High COVID alert level:



  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cheshire East
  • Warrington


Greater Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Stockport
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Wigan
  • Salford
  • Rochdale
  • Oldham



  • High Peak ‒ the wards of:
    • Tintwistle
    • Padfield
    • Dinting
    • St John’s
    • Old Glossop
    • Whitfield
    • Simmondley
    • Gamesley
    • Howard Town
    • Hadfield South
    • Hadfield North


West Yorkshire

  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Kirklees
  • Calderdale
  • Wakefield


South Yorkshire

  • Barnsley
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Sheffield



  • Durham



  • Northumberland


Tyne and Wear

  • Newcastle
  • South Tyneside
  • North Tyneside
  • Gateshead
  • Sunderland


Tees Valley

  • Middlesbrough
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Darlington
  • Hartlepool


West Midlands

  • Birmingham
  • Sandwell
  • Solihull
  • Wolverhampton
  • Walsall



  • Leicester
  • Oadby and Wigston



  • Ashfield
  • Bassetlaw
  • Broxtowe
  • Gedling
  • Mansfield
  • Newark & Sherwood
  • Nottingham City
  • Rushcliffe


Areas joining the High tier from the 17th of October onwards:



  • Barrow-in-Furness



  • Chesterfield
  • Erewash
  • North East Derbyshire



  • Basildon
  • Braintree
  • Brentwood
  • Castle Point
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester
  • Epping Forest
  • Harlow
  • Maldon
  • Rochford
  • Tendring
  • Uttlesford



  • all 32 boroughs plus the City of London



  • Elmbridge



  • York


Areas in Very High COVID alert level:


Liverpool City Region

  • Liverpool
  • Knowsley
  • Wirral
  • St Helens
  • Sefton
  • Halton


Areas joining the Very High tier from the 17th of October onwards:



  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Burnley
  • Chorley
  • Fylde
  • Hyndburn
  • Lancaster
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Ribble Valley
  • Rossendale
  • South Ribble
  • West Lancashire
  • Wyre


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