*Last updated 26.11.20
From December 2nd 2020, a nationwide tier category system will replace the blanket lockdown measures.
Tier 2 Restrictions Explained:
|You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.||You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.||Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.|
|Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.||Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:|
- Provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol.
- Close between 11 pm and 5 am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt).
- Stop taking orders after 10 pm.
Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10 pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
|Early closure (11 pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11 pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10 pm.||Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.||Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.|
|Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies.||Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stone settings.||Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue.|
|Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing.||People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.||You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.|
|If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.||For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list.|
For more information about the COVID-19 Tiers, visit:
The UK COVID-19 situation is ever-evolving and can change very suddenly. For the very latest guidance and advice, please visit:
The Council has taken steps to prepare for and deal with any local outbreaks of COVID-19 in Bath and the rest of north somerset and has published a detailed and comprehensive BANES Local Outbreak Management Plan (LOMP). For the Local Outbreak Management Plan to be as successful as possible, it relies on the co-operation, goodwill, and perseverance of everyone living, working or visiting the county. By working together, everyone in BANES can play their part in reducing the spread of Coronavirus.
While it’s reassuring to know there are plans in place at local level to manage Covid-19, local BANES residents might also require some practical information to go with it. We’ve done some research to see what’s currently happening with BANES essential services: Recycling Centres, Libraries, Car Parks, Markets, Parks and Public Toilets.
BANES residents can keep up to speed with local Covid-19 information by visiting the Council’s online newsroom, signing up for a Council newsletter, or following the Council on social media channels such as Facebook or Twitter.
Recycling Centres in BANES
All three recycling centres in the area are open to residents only, and you’ll need to have identification which shows your name and address if you visit a centre.
There are also restrictions on the way centres can be used, in addition to the usual regulations in force at each of the three centres, and if you don’t comply the staff will send you away. The additional restrictions at recycling centres are:
- No pedestrian access
- Staff not permitted to assist with lifting or moving items
- No items accepted that can be put into kerbside recycling collections
Let’s look in more detail at each of the BANES Recycling Centres:
- Keynsham Recycling Centre (in Pixash Lane, Keynsham, BS31 1TP) is open daily but the number of visitors is being limited on a one-out-one-in basis. Expect queues of more than an hour long.
- Bath Recycling Centre (in Midland Road, Bath, BA1 3AT) is operating on an appointment-only basis. Book an appointment online.
- Midsomer Norton Recycling Centre (in Old Welton, Wheelers Hill, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2AA) is operating on an appointment-only basis. Book an appointment online.
BANES Council Libraries
Only the three main BANES libraries of Bath Central, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton are open, but services are very limited. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. All community libraries remain closed.
Only a limited number of people can enter the library at a time, but main library areas are available for browsing with social distancing and face coverings required. Computer and self-study areas are closed.
For the latest information about library openings, and how to access virtual libraries, see the web pages of the three main libraries:
- Bath Central Library, 19-23 The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath, BA1 5AN.
- Keynsham Library, Civic Centre, Market Walk, Keynsham, BS31 1FS.
- Midsomer Norton Library, The Hollies, High Street, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DP.
Car Parks in BANES
All BANES Council managed car parks are operating normally, with pay and display charges and time restrictions in force. The same applies to on-street parking in central Bath.
Markets in BANES
The Bath Guildhall covered market in the historic building at 33 High Street (BA2 4AW) is open as usual from Monday to Saturday between 8 am and 5.30 pm.
The popular Bath Christmas Market has been cancelled for 2020, but you can still shop from the regular stallholders online.
BANES Parks and Play Areas
All the parks and green spaces across BANES are open, with social distancing rules applying.
Children’s play areas in BANES and the Bath skate park are also open for use with social distancing; please bring hand sanitiser to apply before and after using the equipment.
With walking having increased in popularity during the Covid lockdown, BANES Council has invited residents to enjoy all the inspiring walking routes in the local area.
BANES Council Area Public Conveniences
The Council’s 15 public toilet sites in Bath and North East Somerset are managed by Healthmatic. Most are situated in car parks and children’s play areas. There are also three toilets run by local communities on behalf of the Council. All are open as usual with high standards of hygiene, requiring a fee of 20p peruse.
Across the region, there are many other toilet facilities supplied in Council premises such as libraries and community centres, as well as public toilets available in shopping and entertainment complexes, restaurants and bars, and at tourist attractions.
- NHS England
- Citizens Advice
- British Sign Language Videos of Latest Government Advice
- Check If You Can Receive Help From An NHS Volunteer
- ONS – Office for National Statistics Latest Coronaviurs Roundup