What is Tier 3 and what does it mean for Sheffield?
– Household mixing is banned anywhere indoors
– Two households can mix in limited circumstances in parks and fields, but only if observing the rule of six
– Non essential shops can reopen following the national lockdown – Tier 3 allows shops to be open
– Pubs, bars and restaurants cannot open their doors – they must operate for collection and delivery only
– People in Tier 3 are advised not to travel outside their area
– Hotels must close and overnight stays outside the local area are not permitted
– Wedding receptions are banned in Tier 3 areas but ceremonies can go ahead with 15 guests
– Funerals will allow up to 30 guests only
– Large sport events are banned from taking place but drive-in events like drive-in cinemas will be allowed
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said he considered a scotch egg to be a starter, after Environment Secretary George Eustice said the snack would constitute a “substantial meal”.
In areas in Tier 2 of the new restrictions to be enforced in England from Wednesday, alcohol will only be served with food at pubs.
Asked whether a scotch egg is a substantial meal, Mr Gove told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “As far as I’m concerned it’s probably a starter.
“But the broader, more serious point I think we need to establish is there are reasonable rules about hospitality which are there to keep us all safe.”
He said the definition of the term has existed in law for many years which allows families to buy 16-year-olds an alcoholic drink with a substantial meal, but he could not say what it constituted.
“They (pubs) already do know what the rules are and they have for years now,” he said.
“My own preference when it comes to a substantial meal might be more than just a scotch egg but that’s because I’m a hearty trencherman.
“The Government is relying on people’s common sense.”