Tier 2 (High Alert)

Please be aware that Oxford is no longer in Tier 2 following a new national coronavirus lockdown that will be taking place from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. 

Find out more about the latest restrictions, and what they mean.


Tier 2: Here is what you need to know

This applies to Oxford city residents while they are within Oxford City, and if visiting areas outside the boundary.

  1. You must not meet socially with anyone you don’t live with in an indoor setting, unless they are in your support bubbleThis includes in your home or inside a pub or restaurant.  
  2. Overnight stays are only allowed if they are with your own household or support bubble. 
  3. You can meet people outdoors, including in a garden, but the rule of six still applies. Meeting in groups larger than six is against the law.  
  4. If you live in a high alert level area you also cannot meet indoors with people outside of the area, unless exceptions apply. 
  5. Work from home if you can. 
  6. Aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible for access to work or an education setting. If you need to use public transport, do so on off-peak times. 
  7. Pubs, restaurants, and other hospitality venues remain open but will only offer table service. You must only go to these venues with those in your household or support bubble and you must wear a face covering at all times, except when you’re sitting down to eat or drink. Staff will also wear face coverings during their shift.  
  8. Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues will close at 10pm. Restaurants will be allowed to carry on doing deliveries after 10pm. 
  9. Exercise classes can continue outdoors but indoor classes are only permitted if it’s possible to avoid mixing with people outside your household or support bubble. Exercise classes for young people or people with disabilities are allowed. 
  10. Schools, colleges, universities and places of worship remain open
  11. Professional childcare arrangements can continue and informal childcare arrangements for under 14s can continue in private homes. These must be done by creating a childcare bubble with one other household. If you provide childcare for more than one family, your household must now decide on just one family to support.
  12. Friends or family who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble must not visit your home to help with childcare. Childcare bubbles are to be used to provide childcare only, and not for the purpose of social mixing between households. 
  13. The maximum number of people who can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions is 15 people. Funerals can still allow a maximum of 30 people.   
  14. Face coverings are compulsory in many settings. This includes on public transport for the entire journey, in taxis and public hire vehicles, in shops, banks, cinemas, galleries, and places of worship.  You should also wear a face covering when you cannot keep a safe distance from others. Read more on face covering guidance.  
  15. Police can issue fines to those who refuse to comply with the rules such as failing to wear a face covering if you do not have an exemption, breaking the rule of six, holding an illegal gathering of over 30 people, or breaking self-isolation rules.  Fines will also apply to business breaking COVID-19 rules, and the City Council has enforcement powers on businesses.  
  16. If you have been the victim of crime, or are feeling threatened, controlled or abused at home, help is available. You can still make any journeys you need to keep you and your family safe, and you can meet with people outside your bubble to get help. 

These restrictions are in addition to the wider COVID-19 guidance

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

If you have COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 you must self-isolate.

This guidance is for people who are fit and well. There is separate guidance for:

Why is Oxford moving to Tier 2 (High Alert)?

Oxford city will move into Tier 2 (High Alert) as a preventative measure in order to stem the transmission rate and protect our most vulnerable residents. 

Over the past three weeks, we have not only seen a continued rise in cases in the city, but increasing evidence of the spread of the virus beyond people in their teens and twenties to older and potentially more vulnerable age groups.

It is evident that the virus is no longer confined to younger people but is now affecting a much wider age range. Hospital admissions have begun to increase as a result.

We know that transmission of the virus takes place largely as a result of inter-household mixing. By moving Oxford city into Tier 2 (High Alert), which prevents households from mixing in indoor settings, we are taking preventative measures to stop the situation from escalating further and to protect our most vulnerable residents. This is particularly important with events such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali approaching, when many households will be planning to come together to socialise.

Taking action taken now will reduce the risk of wider cross-community transmission. We all have a responsibility for ourselves, to protect each other and support our communities.

Oxford City boundary

Information on the boundaries of Oxford City can be found below:

Map of Oxford City boundary

Map © Crown Copyright and database right 2020. Ordnance Survey 100019348.

Support available in Oxford          

Please visit our coronavirus webpages for information about:

  • A directory of support available to Oxford residents
  • Support available for those self-isolating in Oxford
  • Financial support and advice available for Oxford businesses
  • Activities and exercises available to help with mental health

For more information, please visit our Coronavirus pages.

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