London to move from COVID Tier 1 to Tier 2

Published: 15 October 2020

It has been announced today (Thursday, 15 October) that London will be moved to Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions from midnight on Friday.

Essex is also expected to move to high alert restrictions this weekend. The move into Tier 2 will mean a ban on mixing with people from other homes indoors, including in pubs and restaurants. The rule of six will continue to apply in gardens and other outdoor settings, as will the hospitality sector's 10pm curfew.

People can continue to travel to work or access education using public transport, but they should reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.

The key element of the new restrictions is that we must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless we live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. Indoor settings include private homes and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.

support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

Informal childcare can also be provided via childcare bubbles.

The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, said: "Throughout the pandemic our local Redbridge community has shown tremendous strength, empathy and determination. Neighbours have supported one another and together we have protected the most vulnerable in our area. Now, as rates of COVID-19 rise across London we must once again do all we can to keep our friends, family members and neighbours safe.

"We must all follow the scientific advice and make sure that we do everything we can to get the infection rate down and to keep people safe. I'm afraid this will take a lot of sacrifice on our part and mean not mixing with people from other homes indoors or meeting our friends for a coffee or a meal inside.

"We must also continue wearing our masks in enclosed spaces like shops and on public transport, washing our hands, practicing social distancing, and getting tested if we have any COVID-19 symptoms.

"As a council, we'll continue working with the Mayor of London and lobbying government for funding and resources to meet the public health and economic challenges that we continue to face."

Rules under Tier 2 are as follows:

  • people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • people must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space
  • people should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

These measures will be reviewed every 14 days to consider whether they are still appropriate.

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