City Police have announced that police are stepping up efforts to patrol pubs for "dangerous and reckless violations" and will stop any signs of drunk "blowing out" tonight.
The warning comes on the final night of freedom for Londoners of stricter restrictions preventing multiple households from meeting in the pub for a drink when the capital moves to Tier 2 at midnight. At the same time, Blackpool will get into Tier 3 restrictions – which means all pubs will be closed.
Deputy Deputy Commissioner Matt Twist, the Met's chief for the Covid-19 crisis, told the Evening Standard: "This is a critical moment in London's fight against this deadly virus." More officials will take to the streets to put a stop to boozy gatherings that violate the six rule and enforce the 10 p.m. curfew in pubs and restaurants.
Twist added, “What is frustrating is that we have identified a small number of dangerous and reckless regulatory violations. As the alert level in London rises, we are pursuing our police approach.
"As a result, communities across London can expect an increase in our efforts to deal with the most deliberate, harmful and overt violations of regulations."
Meanwhile, London's transport network could come to a standstill this weekend after Mayor Sadiq Khan called for an injection of money to keep it going. Khan was accused of "playing games" today after claiming ministers were demanding that he widen the congestion zone to receive a £ 1 billion bailout.
He was furious at proposals the government had made conditional on the recent extraordinary cash injection to keep Transport for London from stalling amid fears that could arise this weekend.
Further anger can be attributed to data showing Devon, Oxford and Coventry all have higher coronavirus infection rates than London, but no lockdown rules apply if the capital moves into Tier 2 tomorrow.
Mayor Khan has been accused of inducing the government to tighten its stance in the capital.
In other developments in the country's coronavirus battle:
- Almost a third of the UK councilors saw a drop in coronavirus infections last week as they called for a second breaker shutdown and tightening restrictions across the country.
- SAGE member Professor Jeremy Farrar said the current basic restriction, which includes a 10pm curfew, is "the worst of all worlds" as it caused economic damage and did not go far enough to quell the virus.
- Another SAGE consultant has suggested that a number of circuit breakers might be required, scheduled around school holidays to help control the outbreak.
- Wales prepares to defy Prime Minister by introducing its own "breaker" lockdown – as an "unenforceable" travel ban on English people from coronavirus hotspots traveling to Wales goes into effect tonight;
- London is on the last day before Tier 2 restrictions go into effect, which means around nine million people will be banned from mixing with other households indoors.
- Mr Raab said he took allegations of a Russian disinformation campaign against the Oxford coronavirus vaccine "very seriously". Pictures, memes and video clips showed vaccination carried out in the UK as dangerous.
More officials will take to the streets to put a stop to boozy gatherings that violate the six rule and enforce the 10 p.m. curfew in pubs and restaurants. In the picture, most of the tables outside this Soho pub were taken
Today a decision was made to move Lancashire to a level 3 local lockdown. In the picture, revelers pose for the camera on their final night in Blackpool before pubs close due to increasing restrictions
People sit outside the Comptons Pub in Soho and enjoy drinks with friends before restrictions increase in the capital at midnight
As the sun went down, drinkers bought a round of pints to make sure they had enough to drink before the clock struck at 10 p.m. and were told to leave
A couple sat in a Soho pub enjoying an evening together before restrictions began to apply at midnight tonight
Officials are monitoring the drinkers before last night before London gets into a second level lockdown. The night owls put on coats as they sat outside pubs in Soho
People enjoy their drinks outside in a bar in Soho despite cool temperatures due to the latest coronavirus rules in the UK capital
Further anger can be attributed to data showing Devon, Oxford and Coventry all have higher coronavirus infection rates than London, but no lockdown rules apply if the capital moves into Tier 2 tomorrow. In the picture, a waiter brings customers their drinks to Soho
Two women seem to be enjoying themselves posing for photos during an evening in Blackpool before the region enters Tier 3
Police officers from major cities are already monitoring the behavior of night owls who spend an evening in Soho
People are enjoying their drinks outside at a bar in Soho in the West End of London on October 16, 2020 as new restrictions on social gatherings and movement are set to go into effect
Soho was full of night owls making the most of the capital's last night in Tier 1 restrictions. The streets were covered with tables and chairs as customers sat outside
A police car was parked on the side of the road in Soho. Police officers are in place tonight to ensure social distancing is maintained and other coronavirus rules are followed
The night owls wore coats and jackets to keep warm while they sipped drinks outside the Soho bar in the center of the capital tonight
An open-air pub in Soho appeared to be completely full tonight when night owls went to London with friends for a few drinks
The strict social distancing rule reflects what is happening in the Covid hotspots in the north of England, where the country's second wave is rampant. In the picture people enjoying a drink in Soho
Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Khan confirmed yesterday that a ban on indoor meetings will begin in the city tonight at midnight.
The strict social distancing rule reflects what is happening in the Covid hotspots in the north of England, where the country's second wave is rampant.
However, the rate of infection in London is significantly lower than in these areas and below the nationwide average, which is around 160 cases per 100,000.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, it's even lower than other areas where there are no additional rules at all, with only social distancing and the rule of six.
While the 32 boroughs of London recorded an average of 99 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in the week leading up to October 10, there were 159 in Coventry and 154 in Oxford over the same period.
No single borough of London currently has such a high infection rate, with 147 in Ealing being the highest in the city.
It was 146 per 100,000 in Bristol, there were 139 cases per 100,000 in Bournemouth, 115 in Bath and Devon – driven by an outbreak in the university town of Exeter, where the rate is close to 400 – the average was 106.
All of these areas are in the south of England, which has no regional restrictions, such as the Midlands, the North West and the North East. Some areas with lower infection rates are closed to keep them safe from nearby outbreaks.
London's West End partnered with life as people set out to enjoy one final night of drinking before slaughtering restrictions go into effect tomorrow
People were lining up tonight to gain access to a bar in China Town. Those who sat outside had to wear coats in the harsh autumn weather
A group of six get their drinks when they sit outside a bar in Soho, London on the final evening before restrictions in the capital are tightened
Tables and chairs are set up ahead of an expected busy night of drinking, before Londoners limit themselves to only socializing in their households when they are seated in venues
Deputy Deputy Commissioner Matt Twist, the Met's chief for the Covid-19 crisis, told the Evening Standard: "This is a critical moment in London's fight against this deadly virus." In the picture police officers in Soho
The revelers are taken to an outdoor table when a waiter asks them to provide their track and trace information. The decision to put London into a tier two lockdown today sparked fears that around 200,000 people in the city center could lose their hospitality jobs this weekend
People preparing for a busy night of drinking and eating in Soho, London. Outdoor heating sales have skyrocketed as pub owners hope to convert their parking spaces into seating
Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Khan confirmed yesterday that a ban on indoor meetings will begin in the city tonight at midnight. In the picture people enjoying an evening in Soho
A barmaid hands out wine glasses while a group settles outside a Soho pub to enjoy a few drinks before lockdown rules in London deteriorate
All of London may be closed earlier than other areas – most had significantly higher rates of infection before new rules were put in place – as outbreaks can spread faster between counties because of the high level of population movement.
The decision to put London into a tier two lockdown today sparked fears that around 200,000 people in the city center could lose their hospitality jobs this weekend. An industry spokesman warned the drastic restrictions would mean "maximum revenue pressure and no support".
Lancashire enters Tier 3 – which means that pubs and bars with restaurants that are only allowed to serve customers who order "substantial" meals will have to close. The county has its last night of freedom before the rules are put in place at midnight.
Lancashire joins Liverpool as the only area in the top bracket, imposing a ban on mixing indoors and in gardens. Thousands of venues are expected to close from midnight tonight. Casinos, betting shops, and auto boot sales have an additional 48 hours.
The Department of Health announced that there will be a £ 12 million support package in Lancashire, plus more money for an economic recovery task force over the next six months. Overall, local sources claimed it could be worth £ 30 million.
Meanwhile, sources close to Mr Khan said he had valiantly resisted extending the congestion zone to the North and South Circulars, which would force up to three million citizens to pay £ 15 to use their cars.
But Senior Tories raged that the mayor actually went to the Treasury with a "begging bowl".
They said he was told he needed to find some savings to make up the books after years of mismanagement. They insisted that it was up to him how the money was found.
Lancashire enters Tier 3 – which means that pubs and bars with restaurants that are only allowed to serve customers who order "substantial" meals will have to close. The county has its last night of freedom before the rules are put in place at midnight. In the picture people having a drink on the promenade in Blackpool tonight
Lancashire joins Liverpool as the only area in the top bracket, imposing a ban on mixing indoors and in gardens. In the picture, a barman serves drinks in a Weatherspoons pub on Blackpool promenade
A man wears a face mask against Covid-19 on the promenade in Blackpool, England. The Lancashire region will be included in Tier 3 lockdown restrictions for Covid-19 from midnight
A senior Conservative source said, “The fact is that he was presented with a list of options. He is welcome to come up with his own.
“But he has to say how he will make savings. Instead, he plays games in the media. & # 39;
They added, “We said how you are going to do it, these are some of the things you can do. He has to find ways to save money. & # 39;
The government has extended its emergency funding of TfL by two weeks in order to have more time to resolve the bitter dispute over the huge sums of money required to keep the transportation system alive.
The clashes have been going on for months, and London Tory MPs are increasingly frustrated by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps' refusal to publicly take on the mayor's dire threats.
In May, Mr Khan accepted a £ 1.6 billion funding agreement with the government that included an increase in the congestion fee to £ 15. But he has called the injection a "sticking plaster" and is calling for a £ 5.7 billion long-term solution over the next 18 months.
However, government sources say they are determined that Mr Khan will not get a free ticket after bankrupting TfL due to mismanagement during his tenure.
Subway and bus drivers have been warned that if the impasse is not overcome in the coming days, key transportation services may stop working.
TfL employees received a Section 114 warning, which means the London transport system could stop working this weekend, according to LBC.
A town hall source said MailOnline TfL couldn't just shut down London's transport system overnight.
Former head of buses and land transport at TfL Leon Daniels disagreed and warned that the services could be suspended in the worst case.
He told LBC, “As with any business, if you can't meet your commitments, pay for staff or contracts, pay your electricity bill, you have to stall it and that's where we are are now. & # 39;
Both the government and the mayor say they are working urgently to find a solution but are divided on the terms.
A sign warns pedestrians to "keep social distance" because of the coronavirus pandemic in Blackpool. It is because the region is subject to Tier 3 restrictions from midnight
A woman wears a face mask as she walks past a display shelf of Christmas sweaters in Blackpool before moving on to Tier 3 restrictions
Pedestrians wear face masks and shields when walking along Blackpool Promenade. Very few people appeared to be visiting the coast amid increasing coronavirus cases
A single Budweiser bottle was left on an outdoor bench on Central Pier in Blackpool today. All pubs and bars have to close from tomorrow
During the height of the crisis, TfL's revenues fell 95 percent as people were instructed to work from home and the number of visitors in carriages fell. It has increased slightly since the lockdown was initially relaxed after the first wave, but today Mr Khan said passenger numbers will not return to pre-pandemic levels in the near future
A source close to Mr Khan told MailOnline: “Conditions such as extending a £ 15 congestion fee to the North and South Circulars and giving children and elderly leave off would be totally unacceptable to the Mayor and he would not ask Londoners to accept this in these extraordinarily difficult times. & # 39;
The extension of the congestion zone to the North and South Circulars would hit the pockets of millions of Londoners and has also been under attack by Conservatives.
Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said the only reason such revenue-increasing measures were circulated was because of financial mismanagement by the city hall.
Mr Bailey said, "Khan nearly bankrupted TfL and hung a closed sign over London."
What are the ministers' terms for a £ 1 billion bailout?
A source close to London Mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested that the government has set strict terms in the event of a TfL bailout:
1. Extension of the congestion zone to the north and south.
The current congestion zone is marked by the inner London ring road and encompasses central London, including the city and the West End.
If it is extended to the North and South Circulars, it will affect millions more people. The North Circular between Chiswick and Woolwich extends as north as Barnet. The South Circular extends almost as far as Streatham.
2. Take free travel for children and the elderly.
Currently, children can travel for free on London buses, and there is also a Freedom Pass for the elderly to get around the capital.
He added: & # 39; Under no circumstances would I support an extension of the congestion charge zone, regardless of who suggests it …
"Any expansion would pocket hard-working Londoners and the death penalty for small businesses."
Tory MP Bob Blackman told MailOnline: “He's going to the Treasury with a begging bowl. He wants £ 5.6 billion to keep TfL going over the next few months.
'At what point what? Is there a magic money tree? It's just ridiculous what he's asking for. & # 39;
TfL's finances have long been worrying. According to reports, the DfT has created a draft in KPMG to review its accounts.
Mr Khan claims that TfL's financial troubles were due to the fact that passenger numbers fell during the pandemic.
During the height of the crisis, TfL's revenues fell 95 percent as people were instructed to work from home and the number of visitors in carriages fell.
It has increased slightly since the lockdown was initially relaxed after the first wave, but today Mr Khan said passenger numbers will not return to pre-pandemic levels in the near future.
He told LBC, “I said back in May that the deal we had for six months was going to be an adhesive. We need a sustainable deal.
"In the foreseeable future, there won't be five million journeys on our subway, five and a half million on our buses."
The Mayor added that the government should not penalize Londoners for “doing the right thing” and avoiding public transport, especially when such conditions are not imposed on private rail operators.
He said, "The facts are that the government gave the privatized rail operators 18 months of unconditional funding, but they tell TfL that we will give you a six-month, conditional contract."
The spokesman for Mr Khan urged ministers to acknowledge that "singling out Londoners for punishment is unacceptable and makes no economic sense".
He added: "We are continuing to discuss the next emergency funding package with the government and we are fighting for a fair deal for London."
His opposition was confirmed by the RAC's head of road policy, Nicolas Lyes, who said: “Extending the congestion charge zone to the circular areas North and South would encompass a vast geographic area and hit drivers and companies right in their pockets at worst Pandemic that severely affects travel habits and finances.
"This year, motorists in London were already faced with increases in the existing congestion charge zone and an increase in operating hours, so the introduction of additional charges is completely unreasonable."
Edmund King, AA president, said the excitement about the congestion charge "makes it seem once and for all that the charge is related to environmental improvement or a reduction in congestion". "It's just a tax," he added.
"It is very ironic that this is the case as many people are avoiding public transport due to Covid and some London boroughs are experiencing increased congestion due to poorly designed road restrictions that are now causing a resident uprising.
"Enforcing this excessive and socially regressive congestion tax that hits the poorest hardest will be a poll tax on wheels."
Commuters wear face masks on the Victoria Line, the London Underground, in central London today during morning rush hour
Subway and bus passengers are rising, but Mr Khan said passenger numbers will not return to pre-pandemic levels in the near future
Coronavirus-positive tests in London have increased dramatically since early September, but changes in recent weeks suggest the rate of increase is slowing, with a 37 percent increase in the seven days to October 7, compared to nearly double Increase of 84 percent in the third week of September
A TfL spokesman said: “We continue to discuss our immediate funding needs with the government and hope that these discussions can soon be successfully concluded so that we can help London in this next phase of the pandemic.
"We are doing our utmost to minimize costs and continue to operate full service in our network while our financing discussions continue."
The Ministry of Transport refused to disclose the details of its funding offer, but stressed that negotiations with the mayor were ongoing.
A DfT spokesperson said: "The government continues to work with Transport for London and the Mayor on the impact of Covid-19 on TfL's finances.
'These discussions are ongoing and will ensure that London has a safe and reliable network and that it is providing a fair deal to UK taxpayers.
"Discussions are ongoing and it would be inappropriate to provide further details at this point."
Health ministry statistics released yesterday afternoon show huge differences in the rate of infection in the capital, but all will have the same "high" lockdown rules from midnight.
The Liverpool metropolitan area remains the only part of the country with the strictest Tier 3 restrictions after cases have soared
For example, in Ealing and Richmond upon Thames there have been more than 140 cases per 100,000 people for whom data is available in the past week – this is the standard way of measuring a place's infection rate – while in Bexley the rate is only 69 per 100,000.
A third of the UK councilors saw a CASE in coronavirus cases last week
Almost a third of English councils saw a drop in coronavirus infections last week as a second breaker lockdown was called for and restrictions tightened across the country.
According to Public Health England's weekly monitoring report, 41 out of 149 councils saw their Covid-19 infection rates decline in the week ended October 11. By comparison, only two saw a decline last week.
And only eight saw increases in cases of more than 50 percent – more than 13 times less than the previous week, when 109 municipalities saw larger spikes, suggesting that the second wave may be slowing.
The biggest drop has been in the city of Manchester, which is threatened by the government with a third tier lockdown. Infections fell 22 percent from 557.8 to 433.8 cases per 100,000 people.
Southend-on-Sea saw the second largest drop, down 20.5 percent from 42.6 to 33.9 cases per 100,000 population. Slough, outside of London, came in third, with infections falling 19 percent from 86.9 to 70.2 per 100,000.
However, there has still been an increase in infections in many areas – although no area has the rate doubling compared to the 52 areas that saw that increase last week.
Matt Hancock's department yesterday claimed that cases in the city are "skyrocketing" but local politicians have made the decision to tar the whole city with the same brush.
Bob Blackman, the Tory MP for Harrow in west London – where about 121 cases per 100,000 people have been diagnosed and 304 people have been diagnosed in the week ending October 10 – said yesterday: '(Sadiq Khan) is going for re-treatment stand Wahl says I'm the mayor who shut down London and threw jobs under the belt.
“I don't see this as a great approach. He goes to the Treasury with a begging bowl … It's ridiculous what he's asking.
Andy Burnham (Mayor of Manchester) understandably tries to protect and preserve Manchester. Sadiq Khan seems to want to bring London to the third stage. I don't know what the madness of doing it is. & # 39;
Bromley and Chislehurst MP Sir Bob Neill said the "one-size-fits-all" approach to the capital was a mistake.
The senior conservative told Sky News, "I think it's a mistake. I think it's disproportionate to all of London.
"I can see some parts of London that pass the test, but … there are a cluster of districts in south east and south of London where rates are much lower."
Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond said he was surprised that Tier 2 measures would be rolled out across the capital.
"Yes, infections are increasing in London, but they are increasing at different rates in different parts of London, with different levels of hospitalization," the senior Tory told BBC Radio 4's World At One.
"They go very, very far and it is not clear that the government actually advocated the case that there should be a complete lockdown across London."
An expert told MailOnline that the reason the whole city has been thrown together may be because people are so connected that it is impossible to separate the boroughs.
"We face such great challenges to fairness and equity when considering a ban," said Dr. Ilan Kelman, Health Disaster Expert at University College London.
& # 39; London is particularly difficult to use public transport due to its size and high mobility. We now also have students moving between their dormitories and universities, despite university-related infections having emerged across the country.
Hospital admissions in London rose 51 percent in the fortnight between September 25 and October 9, from an average of 33 per day to 50, half the rate of increase in the national measure for England
The number of deaths in London is low, averaging four a day, compared to 60 a day across England. However, the measures are always the last to rise and lag behind infections by about a month
There are currently 77 ventilated patients in intensive care in London, down from a low of 10 on August 7th. For comparison, there are 135 ventilated patients in the North West, 116 in the North East and 468 across England
'We are in a win-win situation where too many lose so much. What we can do is treat each other fairly and help as many as possible, regardless of the levels or local differences. & # 39;
Sadiq Khan had suggested earlier this week that a case rate of 100 positive tests per 100,000 people per week would be a "trigger" for sending an area into a second stage lockdown.
However, many areas of the country have a higher rate and remain in the first stage, while London has been included in the second stage as a precaution, although the rate has not yet reached this level.
The London Underground, train and bus staff are scheduled to prepare for a complete network shutdown THIS WEEKEND
Londoners are prepared for the capital's transport system to grind to a halt this weekend as the financially troubled TfL burns the last part of its funding.
Talks between ministers and Sadiq Khan over a £ 1 billion bailout in the eleventh hour have stalled due to sticking points affecting the government's terms of a deal.
It is assumed that the mayor refuses to join an expansion of the congestion zone, in particular to the north and south circulars.
But rivals say he was cornered after bankrupting TfL due to mismanagement during his tenure at town hall.
In May, Mr Khan was forced to increase the congestion fee from £ 1.6 billion to £ 15 as part of a funding agreement with the government.
As the money prepares to dry up tomorrow, subway and bus drivers have been warned that if negotiations remain stalled, key transportation services may stop running.
It appears to be the first place in the country to have a lockdown initiated in advance of a local crisis rather than in response to a crisis, and it is the first time an entire region has been covered in one go.
Places with rates over 100 but no local lockdowns according to the latest Department of Health data include: Exeter (397); Coventry (159) and surrounding parts of Warwickshire, including Rugby, Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon; Oxford (154); North Lincolnshire (150); Bristol (146); Bath (115); Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (139); Windsor and Maidenhead (114) and East Hertfordshire (102).
Many of the areas are in the southwest, which was the least affected part of the country during the epidemic, likely because there are so few cities and the population is more thinly distributed across rural areas.
Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow in Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash will also be placed in the same second tier category starting Saturday. All have higher rates of infection than London with rates over 100.
Under the new rules, household mixing will be strictly limited, but offices and public transport can remain open, despite the general advice of the government to work from home wherever possible.
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith asked yesterday if London is being sacrificed to demonstrate that the south is not being treated more leniently in the face of complaints from the northern states.
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham complained yesterday that his city and the surrounding area are being treated like "canaries in a coal mine" because of stricter local lockdown rules.
"London is huge," said Iain Duncan Smith. "Whether people like it or not, it's very diverse and each of the boroughs, many of them are bigger than most cities in the rest of the UK," he said in the House of Commons.
“Certainly we have to go back to the nature of this Tier 2 position in London because there might even be regional areas that could be removed, there are big differences.
"Think again, please, or else a voter who literally called me today said to me: is this really a London tier two to stop the North-South divide argument?"
Health Secretary Matt Hancock replied, “No, just about the last point, absolutely not. The decision was made based on the data across London.
“And we considered the city-to-city advocated city-to-city approach, but the decision we have come to is that cases are increasing across the capital. So it was right for the capital to move as a whole – and that was supported by the bipartisan team working on it at the London level. & # 39;
London Tory Mayoral nominee Shaun Bailey said: “Sadiq Khan's constant call for a lockdown is extremely irresponsible. It's like he wants people to focus on something other than his bad record as mayor.
“I support the government's decision to include London in Tier 2. This is a sensible move that can help us avoid lockdowns while keeping Londoners safe.
In the meantime, Sadiq Khan must stop ruling via press release and get his job done. That means he's reversing his congestion charge increase, scrapping his LTN plans and getting people back to central London safely. & # 39;
What are the three tires?
TIER 1 / MEDIUM
- You are not allowed to socialize in groups of more than 6 people inside or outside
- Certain companies need to ensure that customers only consume food and drink while seated and close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Companies and venues that sell groceries for consumption off-site can do so after 10:00 p.m. as long as it is a take-out service
- Places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
- Weddings and funerals can be held with restrictions on the number of participants
- Exercise classes and organized sports can continue to take place outdoors or indoors with rule 6
TIER 2 / HIGH
- You must not come in contact with anyone outside of your household or support bubbles indoors
- You are not allowed to socialize in a group of more than 6 people outdoors, not even in a garden
- Exercise classes and organized sports can still take place outdoors. These are only allowed indoors when it is possible for people not to mix with people they do not live with or with whom they do not share a support bubble, or when they practice youth or disabled sports
- You can still travel to venues or facilities that are open, work, or have access to education, but try to reduce the number of trips you make whenever possible
TIER 3 / VERY HIGH:
- You must not come into contact with anyone indoors or in a private garden with whom you do not live together or with whom you have formed a support bubble
- You are not allowed to socialize in a group of more than 6 people in an outdoor public area such as a park
- Pubs and bars have to close and can only stay open where they function like a restaurant, which means extensive meals are served
- Places of worship remain open, but mixing in the household is not permitted
- Weddings (but not receptions) and funerals may limit the number of participants
- You should avoid staying in any other part of the UK if you live in a very high alert area
Can I still meet friends in a pub garden? Should I cancel a half-time trip to Cornwall? Your questions were answered as Londoners slipped into Tier 2 lockdown with parts of Essex, Surrey, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Derbyshire
By Mark Duell for MailOnline
Nine million people in London are facing tougher coronavirus restrictions that ban indoor mixing – including pubs – from 0.01 a.m. on Saturday.
And London is not the only area that will be hit by the government's second strictest lockdown at midnight tomorrow.
Residents of Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash will also receive the new restrictions.
Tier 2 rules include a ban on socializing with friends and family indoors. Weddings are capped at 15 and funerals are capped at 30.
Gyms, shops, schools, universities, and churches will remain open.
You can find out the current alert level in your area with the government zip code checker by clicking here. Note, however, that this can change this weekend.
Here MailOnline is investigating what this will mean for all regions under Tier 2 block from Saturday:
Can I still go to my friends house on Thursday or Friday evening?
Yes. Friday is the last day you can visit a friend's house for the time being, but you need to make sure there are no more than six people gathering – and you leave before midnight.
Can I have my friends from Saturday?
No. People are not allowed to meet with people outside their household or support bubbles indoors, at home or in a public place.
Can I see my friends in a pub or restaurant?
No. You are not allowed to socialize with friends and family in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.
This includes private homes and other indoor spaces such as pubs and restaurants.
Can I meet my friends in a pub garden?
Yes. They can gather in groups of six outside in locations that follow Covid-secured guidance, including pubs, restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues, and places of worship.
At least one person in the group should provide their contact details to the venue or check in using the official NHS Covid-19 app so that NHS Test and Trace can contact you if necessary.
Drinkers outside a pub in Westminster last month. From Saturday you can only have a drink with friends from another household in the pub outside – and not inside
Can i see friends outside?
Yes. You may still see friends and family who you don't live with outdoors (or whom you haven't formed a support bladder with), even in a garden or other outdoor space.
If you do this, you cannot meet in a group of more than six people.
Do children count in the rule of six outdoors?
Yes. This maximum of six for outdoor meetings applies to children of all ages.
Can I still meet people from my support bubble?
Yes. They still count towards a household that can meet indoors or outdoors.
In a support bubble, a household with an adult joins another household.
Households in this support bubble can continue to visit each other, stay overnight and visit public places together.
Informal childcare can also be provided through childcare bubbles (see below).
Is the support bubble affected by a tier change in London?
No. Your support bubble remains in place even though London has moved up a tier so you can continue to function as a household.
Can my friends visit if they are from outside London?
No. Also, if you live in a second tier area, you will not be able to meet indoors with people outside the area unless there are exceptions (see last question below).
Can I stay in a hotel or Airbnb home in London?
Yes. You can still travel to hotels and other guest accommodation in high alert areas, but you should only do this with people in your household or in the support bubble.
You can only live with members of your own household or a support bubble in a private home, which includes self-catering accommodation such as holiday homes, apartments or boats.
You can stay in a hotel or similar accommodation (e.g. a hostel or bed and breakfast) with another household.
However, you should avoid sharing rooms with people you do not live with or otherwise socializing indoors, e.g. B. in each other's rooms, in the reception areas or in restaurants and bars.
Can I still go on vacation outside of London?
Yes, with exceptions. You can still vacation outside of high alert areas, but you can only do this with people in your household or with a support bubble.
Can I still go on vacation to Wales?
Probably not. First Welsh Minister Mark Drakeford is proposing a travel ban on visits to Wales by people living in areas of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with high levels of Covid-19 from Friday.
He said police in Wales could use number plate technology to catch people from UK coronavirus hotspots entering the country illegally.
Can I still vacation in a Tier 3 area like Liverpool?
No. You should avoid traveling to any part of the country that is subject to very high local Covid alert levels.
Can I still move home or see a house in London?
Yes. You can still move home. Real estate and rental companies, as well as moving companies, can also continue to operate, and people who wish to move home can still do viewings.
Do I have to end my current vacation outside London if it is in a different household?
No. At the time of the introduction of the new local restrictions, if you are currently on vacation with another household outside London but are from London and live in a private household and it does not make sense for you to shorten your stay, you should leave your vacation as planned break up.
The government advises that by the end of this vacation "every effort is made to reduce the indoor socializing outside your home and to follow local rules and guidelines".
Can I still use public transport?
Yes, but with restrictions. The government says you could continue to travel to places or facilities that are open for work, volunteer, community service or youth services, or for access to education, but you should "aim to where the number of trips you make." possible to reduce ".
If you need to travel, the government encourages people, if possible, to walk or bike, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and public transport routes. This is a great way to practice social distancing while traveling.
People wearing face masks pass market stalls in Covent Garden in central London today
Do I follow Tier 2 rules when I travel outside of my territory?
Yes. The rules are based on the highest level of a) where you live and b) where you visit.
Therefore, if you live in London, you must obey the London rules everywhere.
However, if you are from a prime area and you are visiting London, then you must adhere to the London rules.
Can I visit my parents in an area outside of London?
Yes. However, you need to follow the rules that apply to where you live so you can meet them outside and make sure there are no more than six people around.
Can I still commute to London if I live in a Tier 1 region outside the capital?
Yes. The government says people can still travel to a high alert area, but "should aim to reduce the number of trips they make if possible".
Are the exceptions to the rule of six for children?
Yes. There are exemptions from statutory assembly restrictions for registered childcare, education or training, and supervised activities for children, including all-round childcare, youth groups and activities, and children's playgroups.
This means you can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including child minders, after-school clubs, and nannies.
Who can offer childcare in private homes and gardens?
Registered childcare facilities, including nannies, people in your support bubble, or people in your childcare bubble.
What is the definition of a child care bubble?
In a childcare bubble, someone in one household offers informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child under the age of 13 in another household.
For a particular childcare bubble, it must always be between the same two households.
Friends or family members who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble are not allowed to visit your home to help with childcare.
Child care bubbles may only be used for child care and not to mix different households if this is otherwise not permitted.
Can I meet with a household from a different apartment on the property I live on?
No. The government's definition of a household is a person who lives alone or a group of people (not necessarily related) who live at the same address and share cooking facilities and a living room, sitting room, or dining area.
A household can consist of a single family, more than one family, or no family in the case of a group of unrelated people.
Therefore, people who live in different independent apartments cannot meet.
Can I visit my grandparents in a nursing home?
No, with exceptions. You should only visit a nursing home in exceptional cases, for example to visit someone who is at the end of their life.
Will the stores still be open?
Yes. Non-essential retail stores as well as important stores will remain open to customers.
Will I be fined if I am caught meeting in an illegal group?
Yes. Meetings in larger groups are illegal, although there are certain exceptions (see last question).
The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and imposing fixed fines.
You can be fined £ 200 for the first offense, which doubles to a maximum of £ 6,400 for further offenses.
If you hold or are involved in an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can impose a fine of £ 10,000.
Newlyweds Lucy and James Bone after their wedding at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Ingram, Northumberland on July 4th – weddings were allowed again
Can i attend a wedding?
Yes, with restrictions. Up to 15 people can attend weddings or equivalent ceremonies and receptions where the organizer has carried out a risk assessment and "has taken all reasonable steps to limit the risk of transmitting the virus".
However, receptions should be seated meals to ensure people can keep their distance from one another and should not be held in private homes.
Can I attend a funeral?
Yes, with restrictions. Up to 30 people can attend a funeral. Guards and other memorial events are allowed with up to 15 people, but these cannot take place in private apartments.
If food or drink is consumed, it should be in the form of a seated meal.
Anyone working at a wedding, civil ceremony, reception, state of wakefulness, or funeral is generally not counted as part of the limit.
People living in a Tier 1 area outside of London can travel to the capital to attend an event. However, you are not allowed to meet with another household indoors.
Can I still go to church?
Yes. You can still visit places of worship for worship in London. However, you are not allowed to talk to anyone outside your household or the support bubble.
Can I take an indoor exercise course?
Yes, with restrictions. Indoor exercise classes and other activity groups can only continue if households or support bubbles do not mix. Where groups are likely to mingle, these activities should not be continued.
There are exceptions that allow disability and youth sports as well as physical activity indoors in any number.
Can I still do sports outdoors?
Yes. You can practice sports and physical activity outdoors, according to the guidelines of national sports federations.
Can I have another street party?
Yes, but as long as it's outside and there aren't six people around, follow Covid's restrictions.
Can a handyman come into my house?
Yes. A trader can go into a household without breaking the rules when he's there for work.
What if I am Clinically Prone?
The government advises that those aged 70 and over, pregnant women, or those with an underlying health condition can go outside as much as they want, but "should still try to keep your general social interactions down".
Should I share a car with someone outside my household?
No, in most cases. The government says it is difficult to socially distance yourself while driving, and coronavirus transmission may occur in this context.
So, you should avoid traveling with anyone outside of your household or support bubble unless you can practice social distancing.
Does the 10pm curfew still apply to pubs and restaurants?
Yes. Certain businesses that sell food or beverages on their premises are still required to close between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM.
Companies and venues that sell food for consumption off-site can also do so after 10:00 p.m., provided this is done via a delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through. Orders must be placed by phone, online or by post.
A group of women carry their drinks in the Soho borough of London after the 10pm curfew began last month
Are restaurants on motorways still exempt from curfew?
Yes. Restaurants in ports, in the transport service and in motorway service stations do not have to close at 10 p.m., but are not allowed to serve alcohol after this time.
Can I still go to work in the office?
Yes, with exceptions. The government advises that "office workers who can work effectively from home should do so over the winter".
It adds: "If an employer, in consultation with his employee, judges that an employee can perform normal duties from home, he should do so."
Public sector workers in essential services, including educational institutions, should continue to work when necessary.
The government also says that "anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work".
People classified as clinically extremely at risk can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid-safe, but should work from home if possible.
Can I still go to school or college?
Yes. The government has "prioritized to ensure that all children can attend school safely, to promote their wellbeing and education, and to serve working parents and guardians".
Can I still go to university?
Yes. Universities have re-accepted the students and the students are allowed to move home and travel there.
However, those in Tier 2 are not allowed to move between their permanent place of residence and their term address during the term – subject to limited exceptions.
Students who live in a high alert area at their semester address should follow the same guidelines for meeting other people and traveling as others in the area.
Students wear protective face masks on the first day of school at Outwood Academy Adwick in Doncaster on September 2nd when schools in England reopened to students after the lockdown
Can i commute to London? High alert area to go to university?
Yes. Commuter students – defined as those who live in a family home and travel to / from university every day – should be able to travel to / from their university as needed for educational purposes.
However, you are not allowed to meet people who do not live in their house in the area with them unless they are in your household, childcare facility, or support bubble
Also, you cannot take in people who you do not live in your home with if they live in the affected area unless they are in your childcare or support bubble
You are also not allowed to meet people who you do not live with in their dormitories, either in or out of the area, unless they are in your childcare or support bubble.
If you are moving out of an affected area, or currently live outside an affected area, you should not accept anyone you do not live with in your home or dormitory with if they live in a high alert area unless they are located yourself in your household bubble or child care bubble.
Will Memorial Sunday take place in the cenotaph?
Yes, with restrictions. Remembrance Sunday at the cenotaph is on November 8th but is closed to the public.
Crowds are not allowed to go to church and are asked to mark the day at home. The usual advance of the Royal British Legion has also been canceled.
It is expected that members of the royal family and dignitaries will continue to lay wreaths to remember those who have fallen.
What are the exceptions for people from different households congregating?
- in a legally permitted support bubble or child care bubble
- for work, volunteering, to provide voluntary or community service
- for registered childcare, education or training
- for agreements in which children do not live in the same household as their parents or legal guardians
- for potential adoptive parents to meet a child or children who can be placed with them
- for supervised activities for children, including all-round care (before and after school), youth groups and activities, and children's play groups
- for birth partners
- to see someone dying
- To provide emergency aid, to avoid injury or illness or to avoid the risk of injury
- to fulfill a legal obligation, such as B. participation in a court or jury service
- To provide care or support for vulnerable people
- to facilitate a move
- for top athletes and their coaches, if this is necessary for competition and training, and for parents or guardians if they are a child
- for outdoor exercises and dance classes, organized outdoor sports and licensed outdoor activities
- Indoor organized team sports for disabled people and youth sports
- Self-help groups with up to 15 participants – formally organized groups for mutual help, therapy or other support (not in private apartments)
- Protests – if organized in accordance with Covid Safe guidelines
H.How long Will the rules be in place?
The government must review which areas are regulated at least every 14 days, with the first scheduled by October 28th.
The restrictions themselves must be reviewed every 28 days, with the first scheduled to be in place by November 11th. The restrictions themselves expire in six months.
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