26th November 2020

London: Tier 2 Lockdown

London will move in to a Tier 2 lockdown when the national lockdown ends at midnight on December 2.

What does this mean for Paddington?

  • Restaurants and cafes can open.  Pubs and bars can also open, but only if they are operating as restaurants with table service.  All hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
  • All hospitality venues must stop taking orders at 10pm and close by 11pm.  Deliveries and takeaways can continue until later.
  • All non-essential retail can open. You must wear a face covering in shops unless you have an exemption.
  • Gyms, leisure centres, sports facilities can open. Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can resume, but you must not socially mix with others you do not live who (or are not in your support bubble).
  • Hairdressers, barbers, and beauty services can open.
  • Cinemas, museums, theatres and other entertainment venues can open, but they must close at 11pm.
  • You can attend both indoor and outdoor events like performances and shows, and to watch spectator sport.  Capacity will continue to be limited.

Work and travel

  • You should continue working from home if you can.
  • You can travel to venues or amenities which are open, but you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.  You should continue to walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead to avoid busy times and routes.
  • If you travel from a Tier 2 area to a Tier 1 area you must continue to follow the London Tier 2 rules.  You should avoid travel to or overnight stays in Tier 3 areas.

Places of worship and community settings

  • Communal worship can now begin again, but you still cannot meet socially with other households in these venues.
  • Public buildings like libraries and community centres can be fully open, but you still cannot meet socially with other households in these venues.
  • Weddings and funerals can take place. 15 people can attend a wedding ceremony and 30 people can attend a funeral service.

NHS services, including GP services and dentist remain open

  1. Keep a safe distance from others.  Stay two metres apart from people you do not live with as much as possible.
  2. Wherever you cannot keep a safe distance from others wear a face covering. It is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport and in shops.
  3. Wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser when you are out.
  4. When meeting people you don’t live with do so outdoors where possible.  Make sure indoor venues have good ventilation; open windows and doors when you can to allow fresh air to circulate.
  5. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms (high fever, continuous cough, loss of taste or smell) then self-isolate immediately and request a test as soon as you can.
  6. If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You should therefore be especially careful to follow the London Tier 2 rules and to minimise your contact with others. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable then the Government is advising you to work from home and to stay at home as much as possible. The Government will write to everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable with detailed advice.

Read the full government guidance pages.

Click here to read the governments COVID-19 Winter Plan.