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1. Covid alert level: high - restrictions

Westminster is now in COVID-19 alert level: high.

The rules are as follows:

Social contact

  • limited to one household / bubble indoors
  • rule of six outside: you can continue to see friends and family you do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside. You must not meet in a group of more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age
  • overnight stays: overnight stays permitted subject to the social contact rules

Hospitality, retail and leisure

  • hospitality: open with some restrictions including 10pm closing time and table-service only
  • shopping and retail: open
  • leisure and gyms: open
  • sporting activity: organised sport / licensed physical activity allowed in outdoor settings. Indoor organised sport must follow social contact rules (other than youth or disabled sport)
  • entertainment and tourist attractions: open, except nightclubs and adult entertainment

Education and childcare

  • education: schools, FE colleges open. Universities must reflect wider restrictions. Check your education provider’s website for more information.
  • youth clubs and activities: permitted
  • childcare: registered and wraparound childcare (e.g. breakfast clubs or after-school childcare) open
  • supervised activities provided for children permitted. Childcare bubbles for under 14s

Healthcare, worship, weddings and funerals

  • healthcare services: open
  • residential care: closed to external visitors other than those in exceptional circumstances
  • wedding and funerals: up to 15 guests for weddings and up to 30 guests for funerals. 15 for receptions, wakes and related ceremonies
  • worship: open, subject to social contact rules

Work and travel

  • working from home guidance: work from home where possible
  • travel and transport: may continue to travel to open venues, but reduce number of journeys where possible
  • avoid travel into local COVID Alert Level Very High areas where possible

Read the full government guidance for the high alert level.

Last updated: 21 October 2020