Portsmouth in tier three: Live updates as highest Covid restrictions come into force in city, Gosport and Havant

New coronavirus restrictions have come into force following a review by the government.

Saturday, 19th December 2020, 6:00 am

Portsmouth has been in tier two since December 2, but it has now been moved up to tier three along with Gosport and Havant.

The rules came into force at 12.01am today (December 19) just over two weeks after the end of the second national lockdown.

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Portsmouth will find out if it will remain in tier two. Picture: Sarah Standing (150620-9932)

Health Secretary announced that Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant would be put under the highest level of restrictions in the House of Commons on Thursday, following a review carried out by the government last week.

It means that businesses such as pubs and restaurants have to shut except if they are offering takeaways.

There is also new advice for residents in tier three areas about traveling to the surrounding areas which are in tier two.

We will be bringing you all the updates as the new tier restrictions come into force in Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant today.

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Live updates as Portsmouth moves to tier three

Last updated: Saturday, 19 December, 2020, 11:20

  • Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant have moved up to tier three
  • Rules come into force today (December 19) 
  • Pubs and restaurants have to close except for takeaways 

Gunwharf Quays announces full list of businesses remaining open

Gunwharf Quays has revealed which restaurants will be remaining open during tier three restrictions. 

It has also announced that all of the shops will stay open - some 

Tier three rules are now in force in Portsmouth

What tier are you in?

Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant will be in tier three. 

But what tiers are the rest of Hampshire in? 

What time do the rules come into force?

The announcement was made on Thursday that Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant are moving to tier three.

Tier three restrictions come into force today (December 19). 

But what time exactly do they start? 

Welcome to our live blog

We will be bringing you updates throughout Saturday as Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant move up to tier three. 

Thank you for following our blog

Thanks for following all the updates throughout the day. 

To recap: 

- Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant are moving to tier three from Saturday

- Rest of Hampshire remains in tier two

- Isle of Wight stays in tier one 

690 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Hampshire and Isle of Wight

This included 153 in Portsmouth, 94 in Havant and 35 in Gosport - the three areas being moved to tier three at the weekend. 

It was 234 more than in Wednesday’s figures. 

Portsmouth tier three is ‘absolute madness’ says South Parade Pier owner

The owner of South Parade Pier has said putting Portsmouth into tier three now is ‘absolute madness’.

Southsea attraction owner Tommy Ware Jnr told The News: ‘It's going to affect everyone, it's a ridiculous decision to make at this time.

‘The should have done it a long time before and not a week before Christmas.

‘It's going to have a massive impact on everyone's livelihoods.'

How new rules mean house on opposite side of the street will be in different tiers

Neighbours living just yards away from each other will be in different tiers when new rules come into force.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has placed Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport into tier three from 12.01am Saturday as cases continue to rise and pressure builds on Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The measures are put in by council area, meaning some means neighbours on borders of the areas will be in different levels of restrictions.

This includes on the Portchester and Portsmouth border.

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