London Tier Two: What you’re allowed to do in Southwark post-lockdown

Josh Salisbury (26 November, 2020)

The rules means you can only have a drink in pubs serving substantial meals

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London will be in Tier Two of coronavirus restrictions once lockdown ends, it has been revealed this morning.

Other major cities like Birmingham and Manchester are to be in Tier Three, the toughest restrictions after lockdown ends on Wednesday December 2.

A government tool has been launched to check what tier your area will be in, but it appears to be experiencing technical difficulties are the time of writing.

A full list of which areas are in which tiers can be found here.

So what do the new restrictions mean for Southwark residents? Here’s some of the things you need to know:

Socialising with others

Under the tier two rules, you are not allowed to socialise with people from outside your household or bubble in any indoor place, whether in public or private.

You are allowed to socialise in groups of up to six outdoors, following the so-called ‘rule of six’. It applies to outdoor spaces like parks and gardens.

Can I go to the pub?

Yes, but pubs not serving food are remaining closed. Pubs can only serve alcohol with “substantial meals”.

The 10pm curfew has been changed to a rule that hospitality venues must close at 11pm, with last orders at 10pm.

It will be table service only for orders as before, so no jostling at the bar.

Are shops open?

All ‘non-essential’ shops are allowed to open under the Tier Two rules.

Hairdressers, barbers and gyms will also be allowed to open if ‘COVID-secure.’

Can I go to church?

Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there.

There are some legal exemptions.

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with limited numbers. 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies.

What are the rules on playing SPORTS and Live Events?

Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, but they will only be allowed indoors if it’s possible to keep those who don’t live together from mixing. There’s some limited exceptions.

Live events such as sports games are going ahead both indoors and outdoors in Tier 2, but with limited numbers and social distancing.

Outdoors, either 2,000 people, or 50 per cent of usual capacity, will be allowed to attend. Indoors, the limit is 1,000 people.

Can I travel?

You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible, says the government.

It is also advised against staying overnight in tier three areas, unless necessary.

Londoners must also continue to follow Tier Two rules even when they are in a Tier one area.

For more details on what the restrictions entail, visit the gov.uk website here.

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