Around nine million Londoners have been under tier two restrictions since Friday, October 16.
The capital was placed on ‘high’ alert under the new three-tier system, which includes tougher restrictions including being banned from mixing with other households indoors – though they can still meet outdoors as long as the ‘rule of six’ is followed.
But how long will London stay in Tier 2?
When will Tier 2 lockdown end for London?
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There are no certain time frames for tier one or tier two restrictions.
It is understood that places in either of the first two tiers – indicating either medium or high risk – will be reviewed every fortnight.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed this in the Commons.
Cases will have to significantly drop to justify lowering the tier – and cases for the last seven days for London remain at 135.1 per 100,000 population.
Places under a tier three lockdown – indicating a ‘very high’ risk – have a clearer set of guidance as to timeframes.
These places – which currently include South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool – will have measures reviewed after four weeks and extended if needed.
What does tier two lockdown mean?
For Londoners in tier two lockdown, the rules include:
- Separate households are prohibited from socialising indoors, unless they’re part of your support bubble.
- Tradesmen can continue to go into a household for work.
- The rule of six applies for socialising outdoors.
- Businesses and venues can continue to operate, but pubs and restaurants must ensure that customers consume food and drink only while seated, and close between 10pm and 5am.
- Schools, universities and places of worship will stay open.
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the numbers attending – 15 for weddings, 30 for funerals.
- Gyms and other indoors sports can stay open provided social distancing is possible.
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