Government mocked for ‘brilliantly predictable’ blunder after coronavirus tier checker website crashes instantly

Joshua Zitser
Thursday 26 November 2020 13:35
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The government has announced which tier system areas will enter from 2 December.

As part of the announcement, the government rolled out a new ‘postcode checker’.

The idea behind it was to make it quick and easy to see whether your local area was in Tier 1,2 or 3.

That was the plan, anyway.

What actually transpired was that mere minutes after the postcode checker was launched it crashed.

People eager to find out whether they’d be able to enjoy a pint outside with a friend were left clueless, instead having to search elsewhere for post-lockdown information.

Those seeking to find out the level of restrictions their area will be under were instead presented with a disappointing error message.

The page read: “Sorry, we’re experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again in a few moments.”

It’s likely because so many people were trying to visit the website at the same time but, nonetheless, people were disappointed.


On Twitter, many expressed their anger and disbelief that the website crashed so quickly.

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The website is now up-and-running.

But a more thorough list of local restrictions with the rationale behind each tier is also now available.