Coronavirus UK Updates: London enters Tier 2 lockdown

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London will be moved into Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Friday, with millions of people living in the capital banned from mixing between households indoors and in pubs and restaurants.

It comes after a new three-tier coronavirus strategy for England came into force, dividing the country according to Covid-19 infection rate.

Boris Johnson told the Commons on Monday that the system aims to “simplify and standardise” local lockdown rules.

London was initially placed in the medium Tier 1 category.

Here, we explain what Londoners can expect from the new measures.

What are Tier 2 restrictions for London?
London had been placed under Tier 1 restrictions, meaning it was considered to be at a “medium” risk.

This meant no new restrictions were immediately imposed, with the rule of six and the 10pm curfew remaining in place.

However under Tier 2 Londoners face:

A ban on mixing between households in homes although support bubbles would still be permitted,
The rule of six would continue to apply in gardens and other outdoor settings.
Pubs and restaurants would remain open but the ban on mixing between households indoors would apply to the hospitality sector, which would be a devastating blow to the industry.

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