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COVID-19: Tier 4 restrictions – Stay at home this Christmas

Posted on: 20 December 2020

The government has announced that London has entered Tier 4: Stay at Home restrictions from Sunday 20 December to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the capital as rates are dangerously high and a new strain is spreading faster than previous strains.


Household mixing will no longer be allowed on 23-27 December. The rules say residents must not leave the area nor mix with anyone outside their household, apart from support bubbles. It is important we follow the rules to keep everyone, particularly those who are older or more vulnerable, safe. 

Below are a few key points to follow during Christmas:

  • Faith gatherings are allowed provided there is no mixing and proper distancing but even then remember the virus is carried through droplets in the air so a face mask is the best way to keep you and others safe. 
  • And as we all know, the Christmas period, even if you don't celebrate the Christian faith, is an important time for families to gather together. But because this virus is surging again we must all scale back massively our plans, not meet outside our 'bubble' and the rule the government suggested of 5 days with up to three 'bubbles' has now been withdrawn. 
  • So it's going to be a very different Christmas. But I do want you to look out for your friends and neighbours who may be isolated by this. Call a friend. Meet, if you can, (just two of you, socially distanced) in a park or for a walk. And a single bubble can still work. But be very careful. 

We know these added restrictions are disruptive to both residents and businesses but they are in place to keep us all safe. Tower Hamlets Council will continue to work with the government to increase testing and make the case for adequate economic support for Tower Hamlets.


Follow the new rules and play your part to keep our community safe, including:

  • Do not meet socially with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, indoors or in any private garden. 
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants can only operate takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services. 
  • Reduce the number of journeys you make and work from home where possible. 
  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies. 

The Government has also reintroduced shielding for clinically vulnerable people in all areas entering Tier 4.

Please play your part to #KeepTowerHamletsSafe.

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