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Tier 4 guidelines - 20 December

Tier 4 guidelines - 20 December 2020

From Sunday 20 December 2020, Sutton will be under Tier 4 restrictions.

This level of restriction has been applied to the whole of London, because COVID-19 infection rates are rising very rapidly.

Under Tier 4 rules:

  • You must not leave or be outside of your home except for where you have a specific purpose, or a ‘reasonable excuse’. These include education, to provide childcare, to buy essential items, for medical care, for communal worship, to attend a wedding or funeral, and to exercise. (See the gov.uk website for the full list of 'reasonable excuses'.)
  • In general, you must not meet with another person socially or undertake any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.
  • You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).
  • You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
  • You must stay at home and not leave your Tier 4 area, other than for legally permitted reasons. If you need to travel for work, education, to volunteer or other legally permitted reasons you should stay local - meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live - and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.
  • You cannot leave home for holidays or stays overnight away from your main home unless permitted by law.
  • Non-essential retail, hospitality venues, accomodation, gyms and leisure facilities, entertainment venues, indoor attractions, personal care facilities and community centres must close. Essential retail businesses can remain open

There are still circumstances in which you are allowed to meet others from outside your household or support bubble in larger groups, but this should not be for socialising and only for permitted purposes.

Support bubbles

A support bubble when two households form a support network and can think of themselves as being in one ‘household’.

You can form a support bubble with another household of any size if:

  • you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support
  • you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability
  • your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5, or was under that age on 2 December 2020
  • you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults
  • you are a single adult living with one or more children who are under the age of 18 or were under that age on 12 June 2020

You should not form a support bubble with a household that is part of another support bubble.

Support bubble eligibility graphic

Support and childcare bubbles

Full guidance for support bubbles and childcare bubbles across all tiers.

If you break the rules

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.