Tougher restrictions are now in place in London and the south east as part of the introduction of the new Tier 4: ‘Stay at Home’ alert level. The restrictions have been introduced following a rapid rise in Covid-19 infections attributed to the spread of a new variant of the virus.
Tier 4 restrictions include:
- People should not enter of leave Tier 4 areas and Tier 4 residents must not stay overnight away from home
- Work from home if you can
- Non-essential retail, indoor leisure [such as swimming pools and gyms], indoor entertainment [such as cinemas, bowling alleys and casinos], and personal care sectors [such as nail bars, barbers and hairdressers] must all close
- Tighter social contact restrictions will also be introduced, meaning one person can meet with one other person in an outside public space. Rules on support bubbles and childcare bubbles will remain as currently, and communal worship can continue to take place
- Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, which includes people with certain types of cancer, people on immunosuppression therapy, and people with severe respiratory conditions, shouldn’t go to work and should limit time outside the home, and take exercise outside at less busy times.
There is no current evidence to suggest the new variant causes a higher mortality rate, that it affects vaccines and treatments, or that testing will not detect cases.
Given the risk the new variant poses, the Christmas bubble policy will no longer apply in Tier 4.
For more information on Tier 4, visit the Gov.uk website here.