London to go into new Tier 4: Covid alert as PM announces Christmas Bubbles are cancelled
The Prime Minister today (Saturday, December 19) announced that London and much of the south east of England will be moved into a new Tier 4 Covid-19 alert from tomorrow.
Households have been told they must not mix and the planned Christmas relaxation of the rules, which were due to begin on December 23 for five days, must now not go ahead.
Residents in those areas must stay at home, with limited exemptions, similar to the rules under the National Restrictions. All non-essential shops and indoors gyms must close.
People are being advised to work from home when they can, and should not enter or leave Tier Four areas. Communal worship may continue.
People not sharing a home or in a Support Bubble must not mix until the tier level is reviewed on December 30.
The decision came following the discovery of a new variant of Covid-19 that is spreading the virus at a far faster rate.
People are being told to keep following the advice: reduce all contact; wear a face-covering when in indoor public places; continue to socially distance; and wash your hands with soap and hot water regularly.
You can find the full list of what you can and cannot do under Tier 4: Stay Home status here (external link).
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