The new government Tier 3, 2, and 1 restrictions have been announced and as expected, most of England has been placed in the higher top spots.

Matt Hancock thanked Brits for their "sacrifice" during a second national lockdown that will draw to a close on December 2.

From then on, local areas will be placed into a brand new Tier system designed to reflect the latest regional Covid-19 data.

Minutes after the county classifications were released on Thursday, November 16 at 11.30, the Government website crashed as Brits scrambled to find out where would face the harshest restrictions.

Scroll down for the full list of Tier by area or use our handy postcode search tool below to see what Tier you fall in.

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In England, only 713,573 people (1.3%) of the population will be in Tier 1, where gatherings of up to six people are allowed indoors.

Tier 1

Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are the only areas in the Tier 1 lower alert level, which means those who can work from home should do so.

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Brits scrambled to find out where would face the harshest restrictions

As Boris Johnson predicted, a large proportion of the country has been placed into Tier 2, including London, Brighton and Liverpool.

Other areas include:

Tier 2

Cumbria,

Liverpool City Region,

Warrington and Cheshire,

Yorkshire, York,

North Yorkshire,

Worcestershire,

Herefordshire,

Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

Rutland and Northamptonshire

Suffolk

Hertfordshire

Cambridgeshire including Peterborough

Norfolk

Essex

Thurrock and Southend on Sea

Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

London

Brighton and Hove

Surrey

Reading

Wokingham

Bracknell Forest

Windsor and Maidenhead

West Berkshire

Hampshire (except the Isle of Wight)

Portsmouth and Southampton

Buckinghamshire

Oxfordshire

South Somerset

Somerset West and Taunton

Mendip and Sedgemoor

Bath and North East Somerset

Dorset

Bournemouth

Christchurch

Poole

Gloucestershire

Wiltshire and Swindon

Devon

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Matt Hancock thanked Brits for their 'sacrifice' during a second national lockdown

Manchester, Birmingham Leeds, and Newcastle will be slammed with the "very high" alert, along with Kent, which is the only county in the south-east plunged into Tier 3.

Under Tier 3, hospitality venues will have to close, as well as hotels and other accommodation providers, expect for specific work purposes.

Outdoor sports will be allowed to continue, but unlike the first two tiers, spectators will not be allowed to watch sport in Tier 3.

Tier 3

Blackpool

Bristol

Kent and Medway

Slough

Nottinghamshire

Hartlepool

Middlesbrough

Stockton-on-Tees

Redcar and Cleveland

Darlington, Sunderland

South Tyneside, Gateshead

Newcastle upon Tyne

North Tyneside

County Durham

Northumberland

Greater Manchester

Lancashire

Blackburn with Darwen

Yorkshire

Birmingham and Black Country

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Warwickshire

Coventry and Solihull

Derby and Derbyshire

Leicester and Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Slough

Kent and Medway

Bristol

South Gloucestershire

North Somerset

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The tiers have been toughened and many more areas will be placed into the higher tiers in order to safeguard the gains made

As announced earlier this week, the tiers have been toughened and many more areas will be placed into the higher tiers in order to safeguard the gains made during the period of national restrictions.

Differences between the tiers include limits on where households can meet up - for instance, in the new tier one, the rule of six applies indoors and out. In tier two, the rule of six remains outdoors but there is no household mixing indoors.

Unlike the previous Tier system, there will be no room for negotiations with local council leaders - the rules will be blanket.

Experts have hinted that England will face restrictions until Spring 2021 amid the rollout of potential vaccines from December.

It follows month-long countrywide restrictions after the Covid-19 death toll reached heights not seen since May and cases shot into the tens of thousands.