What coronavirus rules are changing in the UK from Boxing Day?

Coronavirus restrictions are set to change across the UK on Boxing Day.

Here, we look at the rules for all four nations.

– What changes are being made in England?

Tier 4, the highest level of coronavirus restrictions, is being extended to cover large swathes of eastern and south-east England.

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Areas moving to Tier 4 are Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, parts of Essex not yet in the highest tier, Waverley in Surrey and Hampshire, with the exception of the New Forest.

– Are any other areas moving into a tougher tier?

Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset including the North Somerset council area, Swindon, the Isle of Wight, the New Forest and Northamptonshire plus Cheshire and Warrington are moving up to Tier 3.

Elsewhere, Cornwall and Herefordshire are moving up to Tier 2.

– Why are harsher measures being imposed in more areas?

New measures are being imposed against a backdrop of increasing infections, hospital admissions and a new more contagious variant in the UK which was announced last week.

– Where else will see changes to restrictions?

In Northern Ireland, a six-week lockdown will start on Boxing Day, with non-essential retail and close-contact services closed and hospitality outlets limited to takeaway services.

In the week following Christmas, a form of curfew will be in operation from 8pm, with shops closed from that time and all indoor and outdoor gatherings prohibited until 6am.

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Paramedics wheel a patient into the Royal London Hospital in east London on January 3, 2021. - The British prime minister said on January 3 he was "reconciled" to the prospect of tougher restrictions to combat spiralling coronavirus cases. Health Services are under increasing pressure after record levels of daily lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 has led to more patients being treated in hospital in England than during the initial peak of the outbreak in April. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Ambulances are seen outside the Emergency Department of St Thomas' Hospital in London on January 3, 2021. - The British prime minister said on January 3 he was "reconciled" to the prospect of tougher restrictions to combat spiralling coronavirus cases. Health Services are under increasing pressure after record levels of daily lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 has led to more patients being treated in hospital in England than during the initial peak of the outbreak in April. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Ambulances parked outside the ExCeL in east London which is the site of one of a number of Nightingale hospitals prepared last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and which the NHS says is being reactivated and made ready to admit patients as hospitals in the capital struggle as Covid patients numbers rise. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Embargoed to 1630 Saturday January 2, 2021 Assistant Technical Officer Lukasz Najdrowski unpacks doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as they arrive at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Police patrol Barry Island, Wales, which usually draws crowds for the New Year day swim, but is relatively empty as the country is in Level four of its coronavirus restrictions, the highest level available, due to the surge in coronavirus cases.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 01: Members of the public brave cold waters in River Forth to take a New Year dip in front of the Forth Rail Bridge on January 1, 2021 in South Queensferry. Restrictions have been placed on many new year festivities around the world including the annual Loony Dook as countries attempt to curb spikes in new coronavirus cases. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
LONDON / UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 1:Two women celebrate the new year in front of the Big Ben in London, England on January 1 2021. London Mayor Sadiq Khan cancelled the show and the celebrations this new years eve. (Photo by Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Fireworks and drones illuminate the night sky over London as they form a light display as London's normal New Year's Eve fireworks display was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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– What about restrictions in Scotland?

Mainland Scotland will enter Level 4 restrictions from Saturday, with the Scottish Government intending the increased measures to last for three weeks.

Non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants will have to shut except for takeaways, while only essential travel will be allowed.

– And have the rules changed in Wales?

Tough new restrictions that were eased in Wales for Christmas Day will be re-imposed on Saturday.

Non-essential retail, close contact services, gyms and leisure centres have been forced to close, with people told to stay at home and only permitted to travel for "essential reasons".

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