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New Covid-19 restrictions in place from 2 December

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London is in tier 2

From 2 December, a strengthened tier system will be in place in England to help control Covid-19. This will replace the ‘lockdown’ that was in place from 5 November.

There are three tiers in the alert system:

  • Tier 1 – medium alert level.
  • Tier 2 – high alert level.
  • Tier 3 – very high alert level.

London will be in tier 2 – high alert level. Under tier 2 everyone must follow these rules:

  • No mixing of households indoors with the exception of support bubbles. A maximum of six can meet outdoors.
  • Only pubs and restaurants serving food will remain open and alcohol must be served only when accompanying substantial meals. Last orders will be 10pm with all hospitality closing at 11pm.
  • All retail will be open, including entertainment such as cinemas and personal care such as hairdressers and personal care.
  • Reduce the number of journeys made wherever possible. Avoid travelling to areas in tier 3 unless travelling for work, education, medical appointments, caring responsibilities or other emergencies, such as to escape injury or harm.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Schools and education settings remain open.
  • Places of worship are open, but people cannot mix with anyone outside their household or support bubble. Social distancing rules must be followed at all times.
  • Weddings and civil partnerships can take place with a maximum of 15 guests and funerals and wakes can take place with a maximum of 30 guests.
  • Gyms and leisure facilities will reopen. Exercise and organised sport can take place outdoors but not indoors and there must be no interaction between people from different households or outside a support bubble.
  • Large events such as sport and performance will open but capacity is limited to around 50 per cent with social distancing measures in place.

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 into a high-risk area (from 2 December):
  • Book a free test if you’re experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 and stay at home until you get your result.  
  • 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 if you’re identified as a close or recent contact of someone who has tested positive through NHS Test and Trace. 
Posted on Thursday 26th November 2020