London will be moving into a tier two lockdown, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced to the House of Commons this morning.
It was earlier revealed that a number of boroughs in the capital had tipped the threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 people for the first time.
Joining London in the move tier two are Barrow-in-Furness, Elmbirdge, York, north-east Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield.
But when will London be moved into tier two, and what would the new rules be?
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Whwn will London be moved into a tier 2 lockdown?
London will be moving to a tier two lockdown from 00.01am on Saturday, October 17.
Boris Johnson is expected to announce the details of the move today.
What are the new rules for London?
London, and the other areas moving to tier two, will have to follow the baseline tier two rules that the government set out on Monday, as well as the national tier one rules.
Tier two brings more social gathering restrictions.
The Government website states: ‘You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.’
Mixing in both private homes and public hospitality venues, such as pubs and restaurants, is banned.
Breaking the rules can see you fined £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.
The Government has confirmed that if you need someone to enter your home to provide a service, such as fixing a boiler, then they are permitted to do so. The tradesperson also does not count as part of the six-person limit.
Gov.uk states that: ‘You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space.’
All businesses and venues can continue to operate in a Covid-secure manner.
Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
It is possible that London local authorities could follow Liverpool with additional rules, however there have been no extra restrictions announced at the time of writing.
This could include pub closures and bans on close-contact services, such as haircuts.
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