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.