Tuesday 13 October 2020

Day 211 of self-isolation - Medium, high or very high

Medium, high or very high risk.

It's a three tier system, which isn't going to work; more tiers are needed. And how do I find out what tier I'm in?

It's a good idea (I would say that, wouldn't I?) but they didn't quite get it right. Maybe they can make it work, but given all the past bungles, I'm not terribly optimistic.

The reason why it's a good idea, is that it makes it possible to write an unambiguous set of rules, that (hopefully) anyone can understand, and so the rules don't change, only the alert level of the area that you're in.

 You can find out which level you are at here. I would have preferred it if I could give my postcode, and it would tell me my level. I'm in Buckinghamshire, so I'm medium.

And here's what you can and cannot do at each level.

  • you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes. Walk or cycle if you can



  1. Postcode one here: