Tier checker CRASHES moments after going live: Government postcode tool suffers ‘technical difficulties’ as nation desperately tries to find out what level of restrictions their local area is under
The Government postcode checker for finding out which tier your local area has been placed into after lockdown crashed today just minutes after going live.
Those inputting their postcode on the website this morning were told: ‘Sorry, we’re experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few moments.’
Others were given a different message saying: ‘We’re experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. You can find coronavirus information on Gov.UK.’
This is the landing page for when you try to check the coronavirus tier in your area of England
Two different error messages have appeared for users this morning, with both pictured above
The checker went live on the website at about 11am, around half an hour before Health Secretary Matt Hancock reveals the details in the House of Commons.
Each area of England will be placed into one of three tiers when lockdown ends next Wednesday, but the system has been toughened from the previous regime.
This means more authorities will move into the higher tiers, with the details revealed after the Government set out its Covid-19 ‘winter plan’ earlier this week.
Areas which make progress in slowing the spread of the virus could still be moved down a tier before Christmas. The first review will take place by December 16.
Speaking about the postcode checker crashing, Paul Brand tweeted: ‘Government website is definitely having a mare. Did they not expect quite a few people to search for their local restrictions, given that’s what the page is designed to do?’
James Mitchinson added: ‘Can someone switch it off and back on again, please?’
And Geri Scott said: ‘Government’s postcode tier finder seems to have already crashed, so that’s a good start.’