London will have stricter Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Friday night (October 16), it is being widely reported.
Care Minister Helen Whately has reportedly told London MPs during a meeting that took place at 9.30am this morning (Thursday, October 15) that the tougher rules will be brought in.
The Prime Minister is set to make an announcement later this morning, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock is making a statement in the House of Commons at 11.30am.
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Tier 2 restrictions will mean that households will not be allowed to mix indoors, although they will still be allowed to meet in groups of up to six outdoors.
People are also being told not to use public transport unless they are making an essential journey.
Pubs and restaurants will remain open, as will shops and gyms – but different households will not be allowed to meet inside pubs.
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Sadiq Khan has been pushing for tighter restrictions, and yesterday (Wednesday, October 14) he briefed the capital’s health chiefs about a move to Tier 2 after a meeting of the Joint Biosecurity Centre.
He has also written a long letter to the PM asking for clarification on what support will be made available for vulnerable Londoners, businesses and those self-isolating.
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The Mayor added that London has a “set of unique circumstances” that means it will need special support.
He will be joining the London Assembly for Mayor’s Question Time shortly, so we can expect further information soon.
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