London will move into Tier 2 Lockdown on Friday at midnight

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London will be moved into Tier 2 lockdown restrictions from midnight on Friday, MPs for the capital have been told.

The restrictions for Tier 2 – the 'high' risk alert band when an area has higher levels of infection – mean households will be banned from mixing indoors, including at pubs, bars and restaurants.

Millions of Londoners will be affected by the change, which comes into place from midnight on Friday into Saturday.

The Rule of Six will continue to apply outdoors in areas such as parks or gardens, meaning different households consisting of no more than six people can meet as long as it's not inside.

Health Minister Helen Whately briefed MPs for London about the measures in a call this morning.

Businesses and venues can still operate as long as they do it in a Covid secure manner, the Government's guidelines state.

People are advised to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible, and are encouraged to cycle or walk if they can, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Schools, universities and places of worship also stay open under the Tier 2 restrictions.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: "Nobody wants to see more restrictions but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new three-tier lockdown system earlier this week.

Under the system, areas are classed as being on medium, high or very high alert.

Liverpool City Region is currently the only area in the country under Tier 3, after a surge in Covid-19 cases.

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