SOUTHAMPTON and Hampshire will both be placed in Tier 2 when lockdown ends next Wednesday.

This means the whole of the county, including both major cities, will be in the High alert category from December 2.

The tiers will be regularly reviewed - the first review is scheduled for December 16.

The main rules in place include banning all mixing of separate households indoors (either in a private setting like a home, or a public building like a pub), apart from support bubbles. The 'Rule of Six' still applies for outdoor meet-ups.

Before the second lockdown, Hampshire and Southampton were placed in the lowest Tier 1: Medium Alert category.

From Wednesday, restaurants will be able to reopen, as will hairdressers and barbers.

The retail sector can also operate as it did before, as can gyms.

Organised outdoor sport can also resume, but indoor sport cannot.

However, pubs and bars will only be able to welcome customers if they are operating as restaurants. This means they must be able to serve 'substantial meals'.