Brighton and Hove set to move into Tier 4 on Boxing Day

The city has jumped from Tier 2 to Tier 4


Brighton and Hove, along with the rest of Sussex, has been put into Tier 4 from Boxing Day, health secretary Matt Hancock announced.

After the national lockdown in November, Brighton and Hove was placed into Tier 2. However, new restrictions mean pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops will close as of December 26th.

Tier 4 means a “Stay at Home” warning. The government website says: “If you live in a Tier 4 area, you must follow the rules below. This means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse.”

At a press briefing this afternoon, health secretary Matt Hancock said: “I know this is difficult. But I also know it’s right to take the action that’s needed to stop this virus. It’s important that we all minimise our social contact as much as is possible this Christmas and that will help protect ourselves, our loved ones and the whole country.”

Sussex joins London and much of the rest of the South East, already in Tier 4.

Updates to follow.