COVID-19 Tier 2 guidance for Sutton explained - what are the current rules?
Tier 2 guidance for Sutton explained. What are the current rules?
Updated 15th October
The Government has introduced a three tiered system in order to simplify local lockdowns, in COVID-19 hotspots. This new system sets out three tiers:
- Tier 1 (medium)
- Tier 2 (high)
- Tier 3 (very high)
Sutton is currently classed as Tier 2 (high), along with the rest of London. This introduces measures to help address the rise in COVID-19 cases in Sutton in recent weeks. The biggest change is that from Saturday 17 October households in Sutton must not mix indoors, and must follow the rule of 6 outdoors (including in gardens).
We are doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable residents, keep businesses open and children in school, and these measures support that.
- Social gatherings indoors - (in private homes and in restaurants, cafes, leisure facilities) you must only socialise with people you live with or those in your support bubble. You should not visit anyone’s home inside or outside of the restricted area, except for those within your support bubble.
- Social gatherings outdoors - follow the rule of six (do not socialise with anyone outside of your household in groups of more than 6), including in gardens.
- Retail - all shops remain open, but you must wear a face covering when inside (unless exempt).
- Hospitality - restaurants, cafes and pubs remain open with table service only, but must close at 10pm. You must socialise only people you live with or those in your support bubble. A face covering must be worn unless you are seated to eat and drink (or exempt).
- Public transport - reduce the number of journeys you make where possible, and you must wear a face covering when using public transport (unless exempt).
- Education - schools and further education settings will remain open, however universities must work to wider restrictions and consider the option to move students to online learning.
- Sporting activities - organised sport or licensed physical activity is allowed in outdoor settings. However, indoor organised sport must follow social contract rules. This doesn't apply to youth or disabled sport.
- Entertainment and tourism - all entertainment venues remain open, with the exception of nightclubs and adult entertainment.
- Childcare - registered childminding, nurseries and after school clubs are permitted. Supervised activities in private homes, childrens groups and under 14 childcare bubbles permitted.
- Care homes - visiting is limited to exceptional circumstances.
- Leisure - all leisure facilities and gyms to remain open.
- Workplaces - where possible, work from home.
- Youth clubs and activities - are still permitted.
- Worship - places of worship remain open, subject to contact rules.
- Wedding / civil partnerships - up to 15 people can attend ceremonies and receptions.
- Funerals - up to 30 people can attend funeral services but only up to 15 people can attend related receptions and wakes.
- Clinically extremely vulnerable - under the ‘high’ alert level, the Government’s advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people is to keep the number of different people you meet with low. The fewer people you meet, the less likely you are to catch COVID-19. You are encouraged to continue to go outside with your household or support bubble to enjoy the benefits of exercise. If you do choose to meet other households outside of your support bubble, this must be outside and in groups of less than six people. Reduce the number of shopping trips you make and if you do go to the shops, consider doing so at quieter times of the day. Aim to avoid travel where possible except for going to work, school, or for essential shopping. You should continue to access the health and care services that you need.
The usual advice to stay safe applies:
If you experience symptoms these are the guidelines to follow:
For more information on Test and Trace