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.
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
The NHS is starting to vaccinate the most at-risk groups: some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks; people who work in care homes and health care workers at high risk.
The NHS will be starting to call people who fall into the priority groups over the coming weeks to book appointments.
You can really help the NHS deliver this effectively to those who need it most. Our asks are:
- We will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward, so please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then;
- Please act on your invite when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them;
- And of course, please continue to abide by all the social distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
If you have not yet been approached about having the vaccine, please read the information: why you are being asked to wait.