Tough new tiers - London & Liverpool Tier 2 but Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham Tier 3.

LONDON and Liverpool will go into Tier 2 next week and Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle into Tier 3, it has been confirmed today.

There are 31 in the highest level, 38 areas in the middle Tier 2, and just three parts of England will be under the lowest level of restrictions.

The Government's postcode checker crashed this morning as thousands of people tried to see what their new tiers would be.

Matt Hancock unveiled the new tiers this morning in the House of Commons - confirming the 'stay at home' order will end, and shops, gyms and personal care will reopen.

Mr Hancock said this morning: "We cannot simply flick a switch and try to return to life straight back to normal.

"If we did this we would undo the hard work of so many and see the NHS overwhelmed."

The Rule of Six and 10pm curfew will return, too.

The new toughened up lockdown tiers are due to come into effect next Wednesday, when England's month-long national lockdown ends.

Tier 2 allow pubs and restaurants to remain open, but they must serve a substantial meal and different households can only mix outside.

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New Tiers system: London and Liverpool in Tier 2 but Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham Tier 3
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