What Does Tier 2 Mean for North Somerset?

From Saturday 19th December 12.01am, North Somerset and Bristol will move from tier 3 to tier 2.

The alert level will change from ‘very high alert’ to ‘high alert’. This means North Somerset has been identified as an area with higher or rapidly rising level of infections that requires extra measures, but with less restrictions than tier 3 areas.

Here is what will change for North Somerset residents, workers, and students.

[Information correct at time of publishing. For the latest updates on local Covid-19 measures and announcements, view our coronavirus news articles.]

What Can I Do in Tier 2?

Across the UK essential and non-essential retail businesses can open in each tier. So can gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, golf courses, along with many other fitness related facilities. Personal care businesses can also operate, including hairdressers, beauty salons, spas and more. Places of worship, libraries and allotments can also open. Businesses must follow guidelines set out for tiers.

Schools are open as usual. People should continue to work from home where possible.

For a full breakdown of what is and is not allowed in tier 2, see the Government guidance.


You can’t socialise with anyone outside of your household or bubble indoors (home or public space). You can socialise with other households outside, in a garden or public space. Groups are limited to 6 people.

Eating out

Hospitality venues can reopen. Pubs and bars can reopen if they operate as restaurants. Alcohol can only be served with substantial meals. Hospitality businesses are required to provide table service, stop taking orders by 10pm and close by 11pm.

Watching shows and sports

You can visit indoor and outdoor performances and shows. Audience is limited to 50% capacity, or 2,000 people outdoors, or 1,000 indoors. Spectator number also applies to live sport.

Weddings and Funerals 

You can attend a wedding of 15 guests, a funeral of 30 guests or, a commemorative event of 15 people.


You can play organised sport outside. Indoor exercise classes can take place. Indoor organised sport can only take place if household mixing can be avoided.


You should follow tier 2 rules if you travel to a tier 1 area (i.e. for work). You should avoid travelling to or staying overnight in a tier 3 area.

Hospitality opening in Nailsea

Ring O’ Bells – 21st December

The Old Farmhouse – opening after Christmas. TBC.

Coates House – January. TBC.

Moorend Spout – TBC. Christmas takeaways.

The Royal Oak – TBC.

Christmas in Tier 2

UK residents can form a Christmas bubble of up to three households from 23rd December to 27th December, regardless of tier. Christmas bubbles in Tier 2 can’t meet in hospitality venues such as the pub.

Read the full guidances on Christmas bubbles here.

If you would like to add your business’ reopening details to this article, please contact hello@nailseatown.com.

For more information and detailed guidance, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus.