COVID-19: Harrow Tier 2 Restrictions from 2nd December 2020 and Christmas Rules

As per UK government guidance, from 2nd December Harrow (along with all boroughs in London) return to Tier 2 restrictions. Detailed guidance on what this means can be found here:

At Tier 2: HighAlert, you must not meet with people indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble. This includes private homes, and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs and restaurants.

You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. If you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than 6. In England, this limit of 6 includes children and young people of any age.

At this alert level, additional advice for clinically extremely vulnerablepeople (previously known as the shielding group) is that you keep the number of different people you meet with consistently low. The fewer people you meet, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19.

You are encouraged to continue to go outside because of the benefits of exercise. If you do choose to meet other households outside of your support bubble, this must be outside, must be in groups of less than 6 people and we advise you to keep the numbers low.

The more you socially distance from others, including your own household, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19. You should always stay at least 2 metres away from other people visiting your home.

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. The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-secure guidelinesare followed closely.

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

Different rules on social contact will apply between 23rd to 27th December for the Christmas period. Full advice is available here:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December.