Richard Hammond still 'a bit scared' to go out despite entering Tier 1

Richard Hammond is about to enjoy freedoms many of us can only dream of when he enters Tier 1 as a Herefordshire resident this weekend, but he’s still ‘a bit scared’ to make the most of it. 

The Grand Tour host is currently promoting the latest edition of the Amazon Prime Video series, titled A Massive Hunt, which was released a day early on December 17. 

And appearing on BBC Breakfast today, host Naga Munchetty asked the 50-year-old petrolhead to ‘tantalise us’ with an insight into life in Tier 1. 

‘Paint the picture of you going out for a meal, maybe just meeting up with a friend in a bar, just tell us what it’s going to be like,’ she asked. 

‘I’m a bit scared to do it,’ explained Richard. ‘I live in Herefordshire which has just moved into Tier 1, largely because it’s one of the least populated counties in the country – there’s nobody here. 

‘But yeah, I can just go out of the door, I can go to the pub – and by the way pubs across the country, I’m so sorry you’ve had such a time with it – but I can go to one I can meet… what are they called? Friends! Reality, actually meet them opposite a table.’


He added: ‘I don’t know what it’s going to be like to leave the house and just stepping out into the world. There’s not that much to do here.’

Herefordshire is the only area to move down into Tier 1 from 00.01 Saturday December 19, joining the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. 

Under Tier 1, the rule of six still applies but groups from different households can meet indoors, while pubs, restaurants and hospitality services remain open until 11pm with last orders called at 10pm.  

What’s more, there’s no requirement to only serve alcohol alongside a substantial meal.

Imagine. 

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One. The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now. 

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