THE second lockdown has officially ended today, Wednesday, and St Helens is under tier 2 coronavirus restrictions.

With the rules changing frequently and with the tier system slightly different to how it was previously here is some guidance on what you can and cannot do until further notice.

What is the new three-tier system?

The country has been split up into three tiers – like it was before lockdown – only this time the restrictions are harsher.

Tier 1 is a medium alert level for coronavirus but most areas of the country are in tier 2 or 'high' alert level such as St Helens and the rest of the so called Liverpool City Region.

Some areas like Manchester are in tier 3 or on 'very high' alert.

The higher the tier, the tougher the rules are.

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What is the main change compared to the previous three-tier system?

The biggest change is that pubs and other hospitality venues in tier 2 areas such as St Helens will only be allowed to open if they can serve a "substantial meal".

Hospitality venues will be able to provide table service only and customers will be banned from socialising with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble indoors.

This means they will have to sit outside if they want to socialise with friends or family that are not their household where the rule of six applies.

However, curfew has been pushed back to 11pm, with last orders at 10pm.

Pubs and bars that do not offer food can remain open for take-away services.

What are the other main rules for St Helens in tier 2?

You can excercise in gyms and other sports facilities.

All shops are able to open as normal as will hairdressers and salons.

You cannot meet indoors with anyone other than those you live with or one individual you have formed a support bubble with

You can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) outdoors, in a group of no more than six. This rule of six includes children of any age. ‘Outdoors’ means in a private garden or other outdoor space. You can continue to meet in a group larger than six if you are all from the same household or support bubble.

Spectators will be allowed to watch sport in tier 2, with a maximum crowd outdoors of 50 per cent of the capacity of the stadium or 2,000 people, whichever is smaller. Indoors, the maximum capacity is 1,000.

Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, bingo halls, museums and bowling alleys can open, but must close at 11pm.

Soft play centres can reopen with a reduced capacity.

You can form a childcare bubble with another household if you are the only adult in your home, live with someone with a disability who requires continuous care and there is no other adult living in the household, live with a child who is under one or live with a child who is under five with a disability

You should only travel to areas with the same alert level as Warrington – but it is OK to pass through a tier 3 region to get there. The government guidelines state: “You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.”

Tradespeople can go into your home if you need to get work done on your property throughout the restrictions

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Exceptions where people can continue to gather indoors include work (as well as voluntary and charitable services) but people are being urged to work from home where possible

Parent and toddler groups can take place with a maximum of 15 people (under-fives do not count towards this limit).

Places of worship are able to open.

Weddings can take place for up to 15 people and for funerals the maximum is 30 (15 for wakes).

Organised support groups can host up to 15 people.

Other activities, such as hobby groups, organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided that different households or support bubbles do not mix.