Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information on events, visitors and tourism

Updated: 2 December 2020

When lockdown ends on Wednesday 2 December, Plymouth will be in tier 2 'High Alert' area.

This means the lockdown restrictions will end and shops, schools, indoor leisure, entertainment, places of worship and hotels can all open in a covid-secure way. Pubs and bars can only open if they are operating as restaurants and alcohol can be served with a substantial meal.

You can see the full Government Tier guidance here.

Can I visit Plymouth?

If you’re in Tier 1 or Tier 2 you can visit Plymouth, provided that you follow the guidelines from your tier area whilst you’re here. If you’re in Tier 3 you are advised not to travel outside of your area.

Am I allowed to stay overnight on a visit to Plymouth?

Under the Tier 2 guidance you’re not able to stay overnight in any house that isn’t your own or part of your support bubble.

Hotels, B&Bs and other forms of accommodation will be reopening from 2 December, but for now you aren’t able to travel and stay overnight with anyone outside of your own household in Plymouth. Remember to check in advance with any accommodation providers to see what COVID-19 measures they have in place and to follow their rules to keep you and others safe. You can see a list of ‘We’re good to go’ approved accommodation here.

Can I go Christmas shopping with my friends?

You can meet up to five other people outside under Tier 2 regulations. So this means that you can meet your friends outside whilst heading to do your Christmas shopping, but you cannot meet inside or go into shops together as a group.

If you want to meet with friends for a bit of festive shopping, you could grab a take away coffee and a stroll to see the Christmas lights, or grab a bite to eat from the festive food stalls on the piazza before heading off on your separate ways to do your shopping.

What about shopping with my household?

Yes you can go shopping with people from within your household or support bubble. It’s expected to be busy once shops reopen on 2 December so try to plan ahead and avoid the busiest periods so that you can enjoy shopping for your Christmas gifts. Many shops will be extending their opening hours meaning you’ll have more options to shop and avoid the crowds and queues.

Some shops will have their own restrictions so do plan ahead and check individual retailers websites for more information.

Can I go to a beer garden with my friends?

If you’re wanting to go to a pub garden or outside restaurant area with people from different households the rule of six applies outside. So you can go to a beer garden with your friends, but if you’re wanting an alcoholic drink you’ll need to eat a substantial meal too. These businesses must close by 11pm with last orders at 10pm.

If we all follow the rules to look out for each other and keep the virus at bay we all have a better chance at getting back to normal life and seeing our loved ones quicker. So remember to follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance at all times when out of the home:

  • Hands: Wash your hands more regularly for 20 seconds or more using soap and water or hand sanitiser. Make sure to wash your hands when coming home or before eating
  • Face: Wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when moving around inside venues and indoor spaces, and wherever you’re unable to keep a 2 metre distance from others. Your face covering should cover your nose and mouth and securely fit the sides of your face to be most effective
  • Space: Keep a 2 metre distance from other people wherever possible, following the social distancing guidelines.


A number of major events that were due to take place in Plymouth have been postponed or cancelled, including the British Firework Championships, Bonfire Night and Mayflower Week.

But Plymouth is bouncing back in 2021 with fresh plans for a year of events and activities starting from the exact date the Mayflower ship set sail 400 years ago. A brilliant line-up including signature Mayflower 400 commemoration and city events will re-energise the city next year. See our news story for more info.