Brent to enter Tier 2 Covid restrictions
26 November 2020
An important message from Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council:
Brent and all other London boroughs will move to Tier 2 COVID restrictions – the second highest risk level - when the current nationwide lockdown ends on 2 December 2020, the Government has announced.
I want to make clear that London has only scraped into Tier 2. COVID has not gone away and is still a real and present threat – especially to older people and those with underlying health conditions.
We could easily have been placed in the worse ‘Tier 3’ level. There is no doubt: London will enter that category – with harsher restrictions - if COVID cases don’t continue to fall.
For now, the new Tier 2 restrictions mean that meeting indoors with people who you do not live with remains against the law, although you can meet up to six people outside.
Pubs and bars can only open if they are serving food, and must be shut by 11pm. Gyms, non-essential shops, salons and hairdressers can reopen. Communal worship can restart. But you should continue to work from home if you can.
We will continue to enforce the rules to protect our local economy, with more powers to speed up enforcement against any business ignoring the guidelines and putting us all at risk.
You have probably also heard that the rules will temporarily change between 23-27 December, so families who do not live together can decide whether they want to risk celebrating the holiday season together.
Although our desire to see our loves ones is completely natural, we need to do all we can to remain careful – and not put those very same people at risk. Do not give the gift of COVID this Christmas.
There is light at the end of the tunnel – especially with more testing, and a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 in the near future once approved. As winter draws in, I urge you to continue to protect the NHS and save lives – so we can look forward to better times ahead.