The rules on meeting friends in pubs outside of London after Tier 2 lockdown

Earlier is the weekBoris Johnson laid out a new three-tier lockdown system as the Government steps up their fight against a second wave of coronavirus.

When the new system of coronavirus restrictions were announced, London was only in the ‘Medium’ Tier 1.

However, Matt Hancock confirmed on Thursday (October 15) the capital will move into Tier 2 from Saturday.

He explained the infection rates are on a steep upward path with the number of cases doubling every 10 days.

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This ‘high risk’ tier for London comes into force from 00.01am on Saturday (October 17) and bans households and different support bubbles from gathering in any indoor setting whether at home or in public.

But people can socialise in private gardens although the rule of six applies.

Socialising with anyone outside your household in pubs, restaurants or any other indoor setting are also banned.

So can friends meet in pubs outside of London when it moves into Tier 2?

The Government has stated people should not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.

The new guidelines also specifically state that if you live in a high (Tier 2) alert level area you also cannot meet indoors with people outside of the area.

So, technically friends meeting up in a pub outside of London is not allowed as you live in a high alert area.

There are exceptions where people from different households can gather beyond the limits, however traveling to meet friends outside of a ‘high risk’ area in London is not on the list.

Also the Government has warned people they can continue to travel, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys where possible.

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