England has just found out which tier each area will be in after the lockdown, and it’s been confirmed that London is in Tier 2.
It means, while the national lockdown is over, a number of new rules will be in place for the capital.
You will, for example, be able to meet up with people outside of your household, sticking to the rule of six, as long as you see them outside in a park or perhaps a pub garden.
Many hospitality venues will open up again, but you can only go to inside venues with member of your household or support bubble.
While London will be adjusting to Tier 2 life, some of the areas around London have been placed into an even higher level of restrictions – Tier 3.
The whole of the county of Kent and Medway and the town of Slough in Berkshire are Tier 3 areas.
So some people who usually commute into London from the surrounding counties may actually be living in a higher tier than they’re working in.
Londoners, particularly those living in the outer boroughs, may be wondering where the border is between them and a Tier 3 area.
Below are the parts of London that will be on the border with Tier 3 areas.
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The borough partly borders Kent and is close to Kent towns like Dartford.
Key areas in Bexley include Erith, Bexleyheath, Sidcup, Welling, West Heath, and Thamesmead East.
The borough of Bromley also has borders with Kent.
Areas in Bromley that are close to the border include Orpington and Downe.
The town of Slough, in Berkshire, has also been placed into Tier 3. The remainder of Berkshire is in Tier 2.
Hillingdon doesn’t quite border Slough itself, but it’s very close.
Areas like Longford, West Drayton, Yiewsley and Heathrow Airport are all close to the Tier 3 town.
The interactive map below pinpoints the places just outside London that will be in Tier 3.
The differences between Tier 2 and Tier 3
There are a number of differences between these two restrictions levels.
In Tier 2 you can meet in groups of up to six with people outside your household as long as you stay anywhere outside. For example a pub garden would be fine. In Tier 3 you can only meet with people outside your household in very specific public spaces, such as in a park.
In Tier 2 most hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants and pubs will be open for people to eat in, as long as you only sit inside venues with members of your household. In Tier 3, these sorts of hospitality venues will only be doing takeaway.
Entertainment venues in Tier 2 can generally open, but they aren’t in Tier 3. Shops, gyms and swimming pools, however, are permitted to open in all tiers.
Weddings of up to 15 guests are allowed in Tier 2 but they aren’t allowed in Tier 3. Funerals of up to 30 people are allowed in both tiers.
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