Important Update: London moving to COVID Alert Level High

The information in this article is from the latest government guidance on new restrictions for areas at local COVID alert level high, published on 12th October 2020.

From Saturday 17th October, London is officially moving from COVID Alert level Medium to High.

But what does this mean for you? 

Meeting with people 

You must not meet with friends or family socially indoors, in any setting, unless you live together or have formed a support bubble. This includes private homes, or any indoor setting such as pubs or restaurants. 

Childcare arrangements can be arranged via support bubbles. 

You can continue to meet  socially with friends and family who you do not live with, outside, but only in groups of 6 or less. 

Meeting in larger groups is against the law. 


When meeting with friends you must follow social distancing rules

Visiting other venues 

Venues can host more people in total, but you can not mix indoors with anyone who you do not live with. You can still meet up outside with groups of up to 6. 

This includes in the following (although they will be allowed to remain open):

  • Pubs and restaurants

  • Shops

  • Leisure and entertainment venues 

  • Places of worship

Going to work 

To help contain the virus, people who can work effectively from home should do so. 

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

Anyone else who cannot work from home should go to their place of work.

What you can and can't do

Detailed and specific government advice and legal requirements have been published and are regularly updated.

It is not possible to reproduce the advice in full here however we have linked to the relevant sections of the Government guidance below:

1.Changes in restrictions

2.Social contact and events

3.Visiting public places and taking part in activities

4.Clinically vulnerable groups and clinically extremely vulnerable groups, and care homes

5.Going to work and being COVID-19 Secure

6.Workers’ rights

7.Public Transport

8.Schools and Childcare

9.Borders / international visitors

More information 

For information on protecting those at risk, businesses and venues, going to school and travel, please visit this page for further government guidance.

It is critical that everybody continues to observe the following key behaviours:

  • HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).
Hands. Face. Space.

Can I (or the person I care for) be tested for coronavirus?

Testing is a key pillar of the Government's strategy to protect the NHS and save lives. The testing capacity has been expanded to include anyone with symptoms (in England).

Find out if you are eligible

Sources of information

If you have any  questions or concerns contact us by the details below and we will work to find you an answer.

020 8099 5335

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