Croydon, like the rest of London, has been classed as a Covid-19 High Alert Level Area and will move into Tier 2 when national restrictions end at midnight tonight.
In Tier 2, the Rule of Six will apply again. This means you will be able to meet in groups of up to six outdoors including in private gardens, providing everyone maintains a 2m distance from each other.
However, you must not mix with anyone from outside your household or support bubble, indoors including in private homes, pubs, restaurants and places of worship.
You can find more information on the Tier 2 restrictions and what they mean for you here. Tiers will be regularly reviewed by the government. Over the Christmas holiday period, from the 23 December until 27 December, the government has announced a relaxation of the rules. Tier restrictions will resume following this holiday period. You can find out more about this here.
Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s Director of Public Health, said: “Thanks to everyone’s hard work in sticking to the national restrictions, staying at home as much as possible and limiting their social contact, we are now seeing a gradual decrease in the rate of new infections.
“But sadly in the last week we have seen an increase in the number of people in hospital and tragically, more people losing their lives. This is because of the time it takes from the point of catching the virus to become seriously ill and this is the result of rising infection rates before the national restrictions came into force.
“This is absolutely a reminder of why we cannot be complacent. The data is clear – the only way we prevent the virus from spreading is by limiting our social contact with others. If we do not do this and allow case numbers to rise in our communities, we will see more of our most vulnerable residents becoming seriously ill. As we go into Tier 2, it is vital that we all continue to follow the advice on hands, face, space and be careful with our social contact. We must make these small sacrifices to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”
Please continue to:
• Keep your distance
• Wash your hands
• Wear a face covering
• Follow the Rule of Six – do not meet in groups larger than six
• Self-isolate if you have symptoms while you arrange a test, or if you are advised to because you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive.