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London, as well as parts of Essex and Hertfordshire have today entered Tier 3 of restrictions after a spike in coronavirus cases, ahead of the formal review.
Previously the places had been in Tier 2, or the High Alert Level.
Initially, the government said they would do an official review today, December 16, but due to the sharp rise in cases, all boroughs of Greater London have now entered the harshest level of restrictions.
This also includes south and west Essex and the south of Hertfordshire.
Many may now be wondering what this means for them, what rules they should now be following, and more specifically what they can’t do.
Below we've compiled a list of seven things you’ll no longer be able to do if the place where you live has gone from Tier 2 to Tier 3.
1. Visit a restaurant or pub
Perhaps the biggest change in day-to-day life is that hospitality venues have to close as part of Tier 3 restrictions.
In Tier 2, Brits could enjoy alcohol alongside a substantial meal.
But in Tier 3, hospitality venues have to close expect from delivery and takeaway.
2. Go to the cinema or theatre
Other indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys and casinos must also close.
It also includes skating rinks, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres and laser quests and escape rooms.
Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor venues must also close, including within botanical gardens, museums, model villages, zoos and aquariums.
3. Watch live sports in stadiums
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Under Tier 2, spectator sports could resume with 50% capacity, or 2,000 spectators, whichever is smaller.
But unfortunately, under Tier 3 this is no longer allowed.
Luckily, elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators.
4. Socialise indoors or private gardens
Those in Tier 3 can’t mix with other households indoors, in private or pub gardens.
They can still meet under the rule of six in some outdoor public spaces, such as parks and sports courts.
In Tier 2 people can’t socialise with other households indoors, but can still meet outside.
5. Travel outside the Tier
Those in Tier 3 should avoid travelling outside the area other than where necessary, and are encouraged to reduce the number of journeys.
You can continue to travel to open facilities within Tier 3.
Overnight stays aren’t permitted outside the local area, except for work and education.
Meanwhile, in Tier 3 overnight stays are permitted with the same household, and accommodation can stay open.
As usual, there are exceptions for childcare and support bubbles.
6. Attend a wedding reception
Under all tiers, 15 guests can attend weddings and civil partnerships – but in Tier 3 wedding receptions are banned.
Up to 30 people can attend a funeral in all tiers.
7. Go to a gym class
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Gyms can stay open in Tier 3, but gym classes can't go ahead. This includes fitness and dance classes.
There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.
Meanwhile, organised outdoor sport and exercise classes can continue.
But the government says that "higher-risk contact activity should not take place".
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