THE WHOLE of Oxfordshire will be put into Tier 2 on December 2, when national lockdown ends.

Read our breaking story here 

But what is the reason behind this? 

The secretary of state, Matt Hancock, published a written statement on UK Parliament website outlining which areas would be placed into which Tier and the rationales. 

For Oxfordshire, he wrote: "Positive improvements across key indicators across all areas in Oxfordshire, but case rates still too high for Tier 1.

"Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire And Berkshire West STP hospital admissions have been fairly stable in recent months."

The latest coronavirus cases in Oxfordshire continues to fall.

Yesterday 99 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the county. - Read the latest stats and data here. 

The changes to the tiers are as follows:

  • In tier 2, hospitality settings that serve alcohol must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
  • In tier 3, hospitality will close except for delivery, drive-through and takeaway, hotels and other accommodation providers must close (except for specific exemptions, such as people staying for work purposes, where people are attending a funeral, or where they cannot return home) and indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and bowling allies must also close. Elite sport will be played without spectators. Organised outdoor sport can resume, but the Government will advise against higher risk contact sports.