02 December 2020

Boroughs across East London, Bedfordshire & Luton are all  Tier-2 areas as part of a national system in place to drive down the infection rates of COVID-19. This is part of a  regionally-differentiated approach, where different tiers of restrictions apply in different parts of the country.


Tier-2 is classified as High Alert. This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infection, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

Everyone who can work from home should do so.

Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace.

Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary

The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-secure guidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you can go to work as long as your workplace is COVID-secure, but you should carry on working from home wherever possible.

Gatherings for work purposes are only allowed where they are reasonably necessary. If meetings take place in the workplace, workplaces should be set up to meet the COVID-19-secure guidelines. Meals to socialise with work colleagues are not permitted.

For more information, follow the guidance on how to return to work safely.

Visits to Wards 

All visits need to be pre-arranged with the ward.

You will need to wear personal protective clothing when you visit and follow all staff instructions.

If these steps are not followed, the visit will unfortunately not be able to take place.

For more information on visiting relatives or friends on a ward please read our Information for Visitors page.

Visiting relatives in care homes

You will be able to continue visiting relatives in care homes in all tiers. Visits should be held with social distance and PPE in place, outside or in other COVID-secure visiting areas.

Where testing is available, residents will be able to have visits from up to two visitors each week in all tiers by Christmas. If a visitor has a negative test, is wearing appropriate PPE, and following other infection control measures, then it may be possible for visitors to have physical contact with their loved one, such as providing personal care and holding hands. Detailed guidance will be published in the coming days.

Meeting Friends & Family 

You can only meet socially with friends and family indoors who you either:

Unless a legal exemption applies.

‘Indoors’ means any indoor setting, including:

  • private homes
  • other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants

Meeting outdoors

You can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) outdoors, in a group of no more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age.

‘Outdoors’ means in a private garden or other outdoor space.

You can continue to meet in a group larger than 6 if you are all from the same household or support bubble or another legal exemption applies.

  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

You can find full details of the local restriction tiers here and about Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family here.