Urgent Coronavirus Update – National Lockdown

Due to the increase in cases of Covid-19, the coronavirus level has been raised to five, which means that the epidemic is in general circulation, transmission is high or rising exponentially and there is a risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed.

Therefore, we will now be entering a new national lockdown in order to slow the infection rate.

The main advice is to stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.

You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

Those who are judged to be clinically vulnerable are being urged to stay at home as much as possible and not go to work even if they can’t work from home.

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

The law will be updated to reflect these new rules. The police can take action against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice).You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

Although the NHS is under immense pressure, significant changes have been made so people can still receive lifesaving treatment. It is absolutely critical that people still come forward for emergency care.

If you require non-urgent medical attention, please contact your GP, call NHS 111 or visit the NHS 111 website.

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

To help us reach patients who need us as quickly as we can, we are asking the public to support us by only calling 999 for life-threatening emergencies.

For urgent medical advice when it’s not an emergency, please go to NHS111 online first, by going to www.111.nhs.uk

You can also support us and the wider NHS by observing the coronavirus rules and remembering: Hands, Face, Space.

London is in Tier 4 which means you should stay at home as much as possible. If you need to leave home – for food, medical reasons, exercise or work please remember to wear a face covering and make space from others.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our staff and volunteers who are going above and beyond to care for Londoners in need.

Urgent Coronavirus Update – London in Tier 4 Lockdown Category from 20 December

Due to the spread of the new variant of coronavirus (which has been identified and is known as VUI) in the London and South East area, from midnight tonight (19 December) we will be entering a new tier four lockdown category.

Residents will only be allowed to celebrate Christmas with members of their own household and their support bubbles.

A stay-at-home order will be issued to residents, with those travelling to work or for education exempt, and people are urged to work from home if they can.

Social mixing will be cut to meeting one person in an open public space.

All non-essential retail will have to close, along with hairdressers, nail bars, indoor gyms and leisure facilities.

People will be advised not to travel into or leave a tier four area.

Overnight stays are also not permitted, except for those within support bubbles.

The restrictions will last for two weeks, with the first review due on 30 December.

London on Tier 3 (Very High Alert) Lockdown Category from 16 December

As Coronavirus numbers have increased in the London area, from 16 December London will be placed into the Tier 3 (Very High Alert) Category.

Tier three (very high) rules:

  • You can’t mix indoors, in private gardens or in most outdoor venues, except with your household or bubble
  • You can meet in a group of up to six in other outdoor spaces, such as parks, beaches or countryside
  • Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen
  • Hospitality venues such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must stay closed, except for delivery and takeaway
  • Spectator sports cannot resume
  • Indoor entertainment venues – such as bowling alleys and cinemas – must stay closed
  • People are advised not to travel to and from tier three areas