Across the UK there are now significant local differences in the coronavirus restrictions. These particularly affect rules on face to face working as well as meeting other people, public and social gatherings and events, and the operation of hospitality and leisure venues.

On 2 December, regions were placed in one of three tiers - medium, high and very high – with most in Tier 3 (very high). These will be reviewed weekly.

Find out about the restrictions that apply in England

Each area of Scotland has been placed in one of five Levels. On 11 December many areas moved down a level and restrictions were eased.

Read the latest announcement from the Scottish Government

Find out about the restrictions that apply in Scotland

Additional restrictions were put in place on 4 December. 

See the latest guidance from the Welsh Government.

Northern Ireland
New regulations in Northern Ireland were introduced on 11 December following the end of the two week circuit-break lockdown. 

See the latest guidance from the Northern Irish Government

Returning to work

Certain business premises, including leisure, and hospitality venues have been ordered to close. However, there are some key differences in advice on essential and non-essential work across the four nations of the UK:

Domestic travel and meetings

The rules on meeting others outside your household differ by nation:

Face coverings and social distancing

Disclaimer: The materials in this guidance are provided for general information purposes and do not constitute legal or other professional advice. While the information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances may impact the accuracy and validity of the information. BACP is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for any action or decision taken as a result of using the guidance. You should consult a professional adviser for legal or other advice where appropriate.