LONDON — New coronavirus restrictions will begin in London this weekend, with the capital’s alert level increasing from medium to high (Tier 1 to Tier 2), authorities announced Thursday, as cases of the infection and hospitalization rates continue to rise.
Under the rules, which take effect midnight Friday, different households will be banned from mixing indoors and Londoners will be asked to avoid using public transport. The rule of six, which allows a maximum of six people to gather, will apply outdoors.
Pubs and restaurants will remain open, but people must visit only alongside people from their own household.
Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the three-tier strategy for England, saying that “we must act now.” Under the new alert system, areas across the country are placed in risk categories determined by infection rates, with Tier 3 being the most serious.
On Wednesday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged the government to “commit to protecting” millions of lives in the city. He called on officials to increase testing to control the spread of the virus, which has already claimed 43,000 lives in Britain.
Khan said Tuesday that further restrictions are “inevitable,” given that new data is “going in the wrong direction.”