Some important information about the government’s recent announcement that Brent, along with the rest of London, will be in the second highest risk level – Tier 2 – when the ‘stay at home’ restrictions end on 2 December 2020.
The regional approach, where different ‘Tiers’ of restrictions apply in different parts of the country, is a tougher version of the previous local COVID alert level system.
The specific rules that apply to areas in Tier 2 are:
- You cannot mix with anyone indoors unless you live with them or they’re in your support bubble, but you can still meet people outdoors while sticking to the rule of six
- Pubs and bars must close completely unless they can operate as restaurants and they must all be shut by 11pm
- You can do an exercise class or play sport outdoors, but indoors you can only exercise with other people in the same household or support bubble
- Gyms, non-essential shops and personal care services like beauty salons and hairdressers can re-open
- Up to 2,000 fans can gather to watch any live event or sports match
- You should continue to work from home if you can
- Communal worship can restart, however you cannot socialise with anyone while you are indoors there unless you live with them or they’re in your support bubble
Public health experts have warned that London could easily have been placed in the worst ‘Tier 3’ risk level and that this is where we will find ourselves if cases don’t continue to fall.
COVID has not gone away and is still a real and present threat – especially to older people and those with underlying health conditions.
That’s why it’s important you continue to protect yourself and your loved ones to stop the spread of the virus by:
- Washing your hands, or using hand sanitiser, regularly
- Wearing a face covering in indoor public spaces
- Making space between you and others outside your household or support bubble
- When indoors with people you live with or your support bubble, try to open your windows and let fresh air in regularly as this can reduce your risk of infection by over 70%
- Walking or cycling where possible and avoiding busy times and routes when travelling