COVID-19 Restrictions

COVID-19 Restrictions

In this article we’ll look at what COVID-19 restrictions are in place on Valentine's Day and how they may affect your plans.

COVID-19 Mixing Rules at Valentines

This article has been medically approved by Pharmacist Sumaiya Patel - GPhC Reg No: 2215078


When making plans for Valentine’s day, you need to consider the current government guidelines on mixing households. In our article below, we’ll only be looking at the guidelines that might impact your date night plans. For all the rules, follow this link. To see what tier you are in, follow this link.

Tier 1

Meeting with others – You can see up to 6 people from different households both indoors and outdoors. You should maintain a social distance.

Travel and transport – Journeys should be limited where possible, but you can still travel and use transport to go to the shops and hospitality venues that are open. Avoid travelling to tier 3 areas.

Staying overnight - There are no restrictions on staying overnight somewhere other than your house. But you can only go away with those outside your household or support bubble in a group of up to 6.

Hospitality - Restaurants, pubs, cafés and other hospitality venues can be open. However, they must close by 11pm, with last orders at 10pm and provide table service.

Personal care - Businesses such as hair, nail and beauty salons can open.

Tier 2

Meeting with others – You can see up to 6 people from different households outdoors, but you can only meet inside with people in your household or support bubble. You should maintain social distancing from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Travel and transport – Journeys should be limited where possible, but you can still travel and use transport to go to the shops and hospitality venues that are open. Avoid travelling to tier 3 areas.

Staying overnight - You can only stay overnight somewhere if it's with those in your household or support bubble.

Hospitality - Pubs and bars can open as long as they are able to serve a substantial meal, restaurants can open but should be table service only. Alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal. Venues should close by 11pm and take last orders at 10pm. You can only go to these places with people from your household or support bubble unless you’re able to sit outside, which you may be able to do with a maximum group of 6 people.

Personal care - Businesses such as hair, nail and beauty salons can open.

Tier 3

Meeting with others – You should only spend time in your house or garden with the people you live with. This means you cannot invite people you don’t live with over to your house or in your garden unless they are in your support bubble. You can meet with others in public outdoor places, such as beaches or parks, but only in groups of up to 6 people. You should maintain social distancing from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Travel and transport – Journeys should be limited where possible, but you can still travel and use transport to go to the shops and hospitality venues that are open. Avoid travelling outside of your area.

Staying overnight - You should avoid overnight stays if possible, and only stay overnight with your household or support bubble.

Hospitality - Hospitality venues are closed, but can remain open for takeaway, drive through and delivery services.

Personal care - Businesses such as hair, nail and beauty salons can open.

Tier 4/National Lockdown

Meeting with others – You should only spend time in your house or garden with the people you live with. This means you can’t invite people you don’t live with over to your house or in your garden unless they’re in your support bubble. You can only meet up with one other person in public outdoor places, such as beaches or parks. Up to two carers for someone with a disability or any child under the age of five don't count towards this limit. You should maintain social distancing from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Travel and transport – You should only travel if it's essential. You should still wear a face covering. You shouldn’t leave Tier 4 and you cannot travel abroad.

Staying overnight - You can't stay overnight somewhere outside of local area and you can only stay with people in your household or support bubble.

Hospitality - Hospitality venues are closed, but can remain open for takeaway, drive through and delivery services.

Personal care - Businesses such as hair, nail and beauty salons will be closed and these services can’t be provided in private homes.