This afternoon the Prime Minister announced that London will move into new Tier 4 restrictions.
- Residents in those London must stay at home, apart from limited exemptions set out in law
- Non-essential retail, indoor gyms and leisure facilities, and personal care services must close
- People must work from home if they can, but may travel to work if this is not possible, for example in the construction and manufacturing sectors
- People should not enter or leave tier 4 areas, and tier 4 residents must not stay overnight away from home
- Individuals can only meet one person from another household in an outdoor public space
Unlike the November national restrictions, communal worship can continue to take place in Tier 4 areas.
These measures will take effect from Sunday 20th December morning.
The next formal review point taking place on 30 December.
New advice on travel:
The government is asking everyone to stay local and people should carefully consider whether they need to travel abroad and follow the rules in their tier.
In England, those living in Tier 4 areas should not mix with anyone outside their own household at Christmas, though support bubbles will remain in place for those at particular risk of loneliness or isolation.
Across the rest of the country, the Christmas rules allowing up to three households to meet will now be limited to Christmas Day only, rather than the five days as previously set out.
As before, there will be no relaxation on 31 December, so people must not break the rules at New Year.