TIER 4 RESTRICTIONS

London Borough of Bexley is in Tier 4 - Stay at Home

If you live in a Tier 4 area, you must follow the rules below from Sunday 20 December. This means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. 

  • Non-essential retail, indoor leisure (such as swimming pools and gyms), indoor entertainment (such as cinemas and casinos), and personal care sectors must all close.

  • Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes must close except for takeaway, delivery and click-and-collect services.

  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs and guest houses must close and can only open for a guest in limited and specific circumstances.

  • People should not enter or leave tier 4 areas. Where people cannot work from home, they should still travel to work.

  • Rules on support bubbles and childcare bubbles will remain as currently, and communal worship can continue to take place.

  • Residents must not stay overnight away from home unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so.

  • Residents in tier 4 must not leave or be outside of their home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’, such as for work, to buy essentials, for education and care, for exercise, or to visit people in your support bubble. 

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Businesses and venues which must close

 

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The businesses required to close include:

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods - these venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services

  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery

  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes

  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor riding centres, and indoor climbing walls

  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks

  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open

  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes

  • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect services

 

Some of these businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • education and training - for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision

  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for children

  • hosting blood donation sessions and food banks

  • to provide medical treatment

  • for elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)

  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)

  • for the purposes of film and TV filming

 

Businesses and venues which can remain open

 

Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods and services, including:

  • essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences

  • market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open

  • businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services

  • petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses

  • banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses

  • funeral directors

  • laundrettes and dry cleaners

  • medical and dental services

  • vets and pet shops

  • animal rescue centres, boarding facilities, and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)

  • agricultural supplies shops

  • mobility and disability support shops

  • storage and distribution facilities

  • car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas

  • outdoor playgrounds

  • outdoor gym, pools, sports courts and facilities

  • golf courses

  • archery/driving/shooting ranges (outdoors)

  • outdoor riding centres

  • places of worship

  • crematoriums and burial grounds

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