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Greater London and Essex to be Tier 2 when lockdown ends next week

Romford (pictured above) will be part of Tier 2

Greater London, including Havering, Redbridge, and Barking and Dagenham, will be in Tier 2 of coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends next week, the government has revealed.

The whole of Essex, including Southend and Thurrock, will also be in Tier 2.

According to the government, the rationale for London being Tier 2 is as follows:

“The trajectory of key indicators of Covid-19 in an area (including all age case rates, over 60s case rates and positivity) have been increasing until very recently.

“The situation in London is not uniform throughout the city. 13 of the 33 boroughs have case rates which are 10% or more higher than a week ago and ten boroughs where case rates for over 60s are above 150 per 100,000.

“Hospital admissions continue to increase in the East and North London in particular, although they are still well below the spring peak. Taken as a whole, the situation in London has stabilised at a similar case rate and positivity to other parts of the country in Tier 2.”

For Essex, the government noted that: “Overall the rate is 159/100,000 and rising. The rate in over 60s is 100/100,000 and falling. Positivity is 6.4%.”

Tier 2 means that people from different households will not be allowed to mix indoors, and groups will be a maximum of six outdoors.

Care homes will be allowed to hold “Covid-secure” visits outdoors and in special pods.

Weddings can have up to 15 attendees, while 30 people can go to a funeral. Wakes and other commemorative events after can only have 15 people.

Shops will be allowed to reopen and beauty salons and hairdressers can also welcome customers back.

Gyms and other indoor leisure facilities will be allowed to open and classes can go ahead, but only providing people are not mixing with people outside of their household or bubble.

Outdoor exercises can take place with fewer restrictions.

Pubs and restaurants must stop taking orders by 10pm and will have to close by 11pm. Alcohol can only be served as part of a “substantial meal”.

Other entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys and bingo halls will also have to close by 11pm.

But cinemas and theatres will be allowed to stay open later, providing the performances begin before 10pm.

Such venues for indoor performances will be allowed up to 1,000 people in attendance, but with a maximum of 50 per cent of the venues’ capacities.

Football clubs at all levels will be allowed to welcome fans back, with up to 2,000 supporters in outdoor venues (up to a maximum 50 per cent of the stadium’s capacity) which is good news for Dagenham and Redbridge, Leyton Orient, and West Ham among other teams across the region.

Daggers have said they hope to have fans allowed into the Chigwell Construction Stadium for their National League game against Altrincham on Saturday, 12 December.

People will still be encouraged to work from home, where possible.

The new rules will come into force on Wednesday, 2 December when the lockdown in England ends.

Elsewhere, Kent will be in Tier 3, as will Manchester, Birmingham, and the West Midlands.

Only three areas in England are Tier 1. They are the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, and the Scilly Isles.

You can find out what other restrictions apply in each tier here.

The government has created a tool to show what tier you are in place by searching for your postcode. However, the website has crashed. You can try and access the tool here.

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