London is about to be positioned below Tier 3 guidelines from midnight tonight as the federal government scrambles to comprise a pointy spike in coronavirus circumstances.
The capital will be a part of areas equivalent to Manchester and Birmingham below the very best stage of restrictions from 00.01am within the early hours of Wednesday.
It comes after the most recent information from Public Well being England confirmed there was a rise in coronavirus case charges in all 32 London boroughs within the seven days to 9 December.
However what is going to Tier 3 guidelines for London appear to be in apply?
Assembly up with family and friends
Tier 3 rules imply a ban on all social interactions each indoor and outdoor with anyone outdoors your family or assist bubble.
The one exceptions embody going for a stroll within the park, public backyard or heritage web site, visiting an allotment, or enjoying in out of doors sports activities amenities and playgrounds. In these circumstances, the rule of six should be adhered to.
In a single day stays with individuals outdoors your family or bubble will nonetheless not be allowed below Tier 3 guidelines.
That stated, the federal government is about to chill out restrictions for five days across the entire UK at Christmas which can permit three households to come back collectively indoors between 23-27 December. It’s understood that London will instantly return to Tier 3 after that.
Consuming and consuming at pubs and eating places
London’s hospitality venues together with pubs, cafes, eating places and bars should shut as soon as once more below Tier 3.
Whereas Tier 2 restrictions launched earlier this month allowed punters to drink indoors so long as that they had a “substantial meal”, venues will now solely allowed to maintain working for takeaway companies below Tier 3.
Prospects should order on-line for takeaway, click-and-collect, supply or drive-through. Companies that fail to adjust to the restrictions face fines of as much as £10,000.
Retailers can be allowed to stay open below Tier 3 provided that they’re Covid-secure. Which means you’ll seemingly be capable of get some last-minute Christmas buying performed, so long as you’re ready for some hefty queues.
Buying centres can be allowed to stay open, however these inside closed venues can be compelled to close. Tier 3 pointers stating that retailers that can not be accessed straight from the road should shut.
London’s hairdressers, magnificence salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, and spas can stay open below the brand new guidelines.
Sport and leisure
Cinemas, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, nightclubs and theatres should now shut below London’s Tier 3 guidelines. Which means hopes of going to the Christmas panto at the moment are behind you.
Any Christmas vacation journeys to ice skating rinks, museums, galleries and theme parks should even be ripped up now. Time to brush up these Zoom quizzes.
Leisure and sports activities amenities may also be allowed to remain working, however group train courses together with health and dance courses can be banned. Gyms and sports activities amenities can be open for particular person train and train in single households or assist bubbles solely.
Spectators can be banned from dwell sporting occasions.
The place to work
Boris Johnson earlier this month stated that below all tier restriction ranges “individuals who can work from home, ought to proceed to take action”.
A earlier exemption permitting enterprise lunches to nonetheless go forward below Tier 2 is now off the menu, which means all these definitely-not-a-Christmas-party gatherings should retreat to Zoom.
Enterprise conferences are nonetheless allowed in Tier 3, as much as 30 members of employees, as long as social distancing is maintained.
The federal government has urged Londoners to stroll or cycle into work the place attainable, and to journey outdoors of peak instances if utilizing public transport.
Leaving London is now prohibited till the foundations are relaxed for Christmas on 23 December.
Which means anybody who has booked a Christmas getaway earlier than then should now cancel their vacation. Lodges, B&Bs, campsites, vacation lets and visitor homes should now shut below Tier 3.
Downing Road has defied calls from the mayor of London to close colleges earlier than they’re on account of break up for the Christmas holidays on Thursday following a spike in circumstances amongst 10 to 19-year-olds.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated: “We’ve persistently stated that not being in class has a detrimental affect on kids’s studying in addition to their very own private improvement and psychological well being.
“Which is why we count on all colleges and schools to stay open till the top of time period on Thursday, as colleges have remained open all through the pandemic.”
However councils within the London borough of Greenwich and Basildon in Essex have turned a blind eye to the PM, saying that they may shut all colleges from at the moment.
Each councils cited an “exponential” rise in circumstances, including that they have been taking precautions earlier than the festive interval.
Nevertheless, Downing Road has not dominated out the chance that colleges may very well be closed for longer than common after Christmas.
Universities are allowed to stay open below Tier 3, although most college students have been instructed to return dwelling as a part of authorities plans to stagger family mixing through the Christmas interval.
Weddings and funerals
As per Tier 2, funerals can be capped at 30 individuals attending. Wedding ceremony celebrations may also be a muted affair, with a most restrict of 15 attendees.