London: The UK capital, London, and its bordering county of Essex, currently in Tier 1 “medium” coronavirus risk level, will be moved to Tier 2 high-risk level of restrictions from Saturday as infection rates continue to surge in these areas, the government announced on Thursday.
The tougher measures in Tier 2 impose a ban on mixing between different households indoors in homes and pubs, bars and restaurants and the Tier 1 rule of six on gatherings outdoors continues to apply.
Businesses and venues can continue to operate under COVID-secure conditions within these restrictions, with businesses selling food or drink on their premises required to close between 10pm and 5am.
The tougher restrictions will come into force from Saturday.
In London, infection rates are on a steep upward path, with the number of cases doubling every 10 days. The seven-day average case rate stands today at 97, rising sharply, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in a statement tabled in the House of Commons.
We know from the first peak, the infection can spread fast and put huge pressures on the NHS (National Health Service) so we must act now to prevent the need for tougher measures later on. So working closely with the mayor, with cross-party council leadership, with local public health officials and the national team, we’ve together agreed that London needs to move to local COVID alert level high, he said.