Sunday, 18 October 2020

New rules in place as Lambeth and London move into Tier 2 - HIGH ALERT

COVID-19 numbers are rising rapidly in Lambeth and across London. Since midnight on Friday the whole of London moved to ‘Level 2’ – HIGH restrictions, which means we must all follow extra rules to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

New restrictions are in place in Lambeth and London. The key new rules that affect us all include:

·         You must not socialise with anybody other than members of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

·         Social mixing between households is not allowed indoors, including in homes, pubs or restaurants.

·         The ‘Rule of Six’ will continue to apply outdoors, including in private gardens.

·         Restaurants, cafes and pubs can remain open but must close by 10pm, and will need to follow the ban on households mixing indoors

·         Retail, schools, public transport and universities will remain open.

You can also also read the government guidance for more detail about the new restrictions.

What Tier 2 ‘High Alert’ Means

The Government has produced this infographic, which explains the practical changes and restrictions which being in this alert status means:

The new measures are in addition to the national rules and guidance so please continue to:

  1. Keep your distance
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Wear a face covering
  4. Self-isolate if you have symptoms while you arrange a test, or if you are advised to because you have been near to someone else who has tested positive

If you are worried about the impact of the new restrictions, or about self-isolating, there is support available. Whether you have a practical concern like how you will get groceries, a mental health issue like being alone, or how it will affect your finances there is help and advice available:

Lambeth’s Covid-19 Dashboard

Up-to-date data on the rates of Covid-19 infection in Lambeth are fully available on the council’s website here:

NHS Covid-19 Testing

The Department of Health and Social Care have opened and are mobilising a number of local Covid-19 testing sites in the borough which are being run by G4S.

A site in Streatham is due to open from October 24th (tbc) at:

Streatham Common Car ParkSW16 3BX. This site will be open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm.

Testing is available by appointment only for those with coronavirus symptoms and anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test via the national portal at or by calling 119.