From Saturday, London will be placed into tighter lockdown restrictions, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock set to announce that the capital will be placed into Tier 2 level restrictions.
The health secretary is expected to announce the new restrictions for London in the House of Commons at 11:30 am today, potentially in addition to further restrictions for the north of England; the new rules in London will apply from 00:01 on Saturday.
This is the second-highest level of restrictions that can be imposed throughout England – only applied when an area is considered a ‘high alert’ area, under the new three-tier lockdown plan. The main change that this will bring for Londoners is no household mixing, including in any enclosed public spaces, such as pubs, restaurants and places of worship.
“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. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants”.
Within Tier 2 ‘High’ alert level areas, it is still possible to meet outdoors with different households, but only in groups of six or fewer.
There are some exceptions to the Tier 2 restrictions which are listed on the government website, such as for work, birth partners and weddings (the latter up to 15 people).
This comes after further restrictions were announced in Wales by First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday, which aims to prevent anyone coming to Wales from high-risk areas, meaning from Friday night Londoners will not be able to travel to the country.
In addition, UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is expected to sign off on Tier 3 measures for parts of Northern England, with pressure being put on local leaders to accept the tighter restrictions.
There had been much speculation in recent days that London would be placed into a higher level lockdown, with a rising ‘R’ infection rate and the city’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, calling for Tier 2 restrictions.