What is Tier 4 and what can't you do?

Updated: Dec 21, 2020


Boris Johnson on Saturday, imposed further restrictions on London and its surrounding areas after a new strain of the virus was reported.


The areas affected are all the current Tier 3 areas in the South East including London, Kent, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey excluding Waverley, Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings, and East of England areas including Bedford, central Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Essex excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring.


People have been advised not to enter Tier 4 areas and Tier 4 residents must not stay overnight away from home.


The measures imposed on London and parts of the south east will be formally reviewed on 30 December.

London and the south east in red have been place in Tier four

What is Tier 4?

Tier 4 is tougher restrictions brought in across London and the south east to try and slow the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus.


What are the new restrictions in Tier 4?

The restrictions are similar to the last national lockdown in England, in November. This means that people will need to:

  • Stay at home, unless you have a 'reasonable excuse' such as work or education

  • You should not leave tier four areas or travel abroad, except in limited circumstances (including work and education)

  • You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble.


What will close?

  • All non-essential retail will have to close, along with hairdressers, nail bars, and indoor entertainment venues

  • Gyms and indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts and dance studios must close

  • No families in tier four will be allowed to join Christmas Day bubbles in tiers one to three

  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are not allowed except in exceptional circumstances.


What are you allowed to do in Tier 4?

  • People can meet one other person from another household in an open public space (but must be on their own).

  • Outdoor pools, playgrounds, sports courts, golf courses and horse riding centres can stay open

  • Leaving home for work, education, training, childcare and for medical appointments and emergencies

  • You can still go to the supermarket

  • People can still attend church

  • Support bubbles remain unaffected, as do the exemptions for separated parents and their children.

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