Local Covid Alert Level High
Hillingdon's COVID alert level is currently High. Find out what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in Hillingdon.
What this means in Hillingdon
- You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
- You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).
- Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner (other than those that remain closed in law).
- Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am.
- Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
- Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
- Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.
- You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
- You must wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated.
- You should continue to follow social distancing rules.
- Work from home if you can. If you work in essential public services, continue to go into work where necessary.
- Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
Key questions answered
- Can I socialise with family and friends?
The new rules mean no household mixing indoors. You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting - including private homes and indoor venues, such as pubs and restaurants - unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. You can meet with friends and family you don't live with outside, including in gardens or other outdoor spaces. However, you must not meet in more than groups of 6 (including children) and you must keep your distance.
- Does the rule of 6 still apply?
You must not socialise with anyone from outside of your household indoors. It is against the law to meet in groups of more than 6 outdoors - you can be fined £200 for a first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. There are exemptions that allow certain people from different households to gather - these include support bubbles, families with specific childcare arrangements, weddings, funerals, outdoor exercise and emergency situations.
- Can I go pubs, shops, restaurants and places of worship?
Yes, as long as you only go with people you live with and in groups of no more than 6. At least 1 person in your group should give their contact details to the venue or check in using the NHS COVID-19 app, so NHS Test and Trace can contact you if needed. Pubs and restaurants must still close at 10pm.
- Can I travel in and out of the area?
You may continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, but you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make if possible. If you need to travel, you are encouraged to walk or cycle if possible, plan ahead, and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. You should avoid travelling with anyone from outside your household.
Coronavirus restrictions in other areas
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