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From Wednesday 16 December, London will be a very high alert area (tier 3) in local Covid-19 alert system


London a very high alert area from Wednesday 16 December

From 00:01 on Wednesday 16 December, London including Tower Hamlets, will move from a high alert area to a very high alert area. This is because the spread of Covid-19 is significantly increasing in London and levels in many areas are critical. The very high number of cases in London mean more people are getting unwell, more people will end up in hospital and there will be more deaths as a result of Covid-19.

Unfortunately, tier 2 has provided more opportunities for people to meet, socialise and spend time together which has increased infections and further measures to control the virus are now needed.

Everyone must now follow these rules and play their part to keep our community safe:

  • Do not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden and most outdoor venues.
  • Do not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including outdoor spaces accessible to the public, a public garden, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – but can operate takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.
  • Reduce the number of journeys you make where possible and work from home where possible. Travel to venues which are open is allowed but consider if it is necessary.
  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
  • Avoid travelling outside of your area, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.
  • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.
  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place.
  • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close such as indoor play centres, soft play and amusement/gaming centres.
  • Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within museums and visitor attractions.
  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events.
  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators.

Remember, advice and guidance around Covid-19 can change quickly in response to the virus. Regions and tiers will be reviewed by the government every 14 days so remain alert and up to date with advice around Covid-19. Follow the rules and keep everyone safe.

Full details of the tiers can be found on the government website.

You can check what tiers are in place for regions using the postcode checker.

You’re safest when you follow hands, face and space and get tested if symptomatic:

  • Wash hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, then use hand sanitiser. 
  • Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and other enclosed areas, or anywhere it is difficult to socially distance. 
  • Keep a safe distance from other people outside your household (two metres where possible). 
  • Follow the rules when London moves to tier 3 – a very high alert area (from 00:01 on Wednesday 16 December):
  • Book a free test if you’re experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 and stay at home until you get your result.  
  • There is increased testing capacity in Tower Hamlets now and anyone can book a test, even those who do not have symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you test positive for 10 days from when symptoms started. This includes while symptomatic and waiting to arrange a test. 
  • Self-isolate for 10 days if you’re identified as a close or recent contact of someone who has tested positive through NHS Test and Trace.
Posted on Tuesday 15th December 2020