Updated: Jan 17, 2021
At midnight on Friday 16 October, Hillingdon will move into Stricter coronavirus restrictions, along with the rest of London and several other hotspots in England.
Tighter restrictions come into place as numbers in Hillingdon rising to around 81 cases per 100,000 people. Recently national media criticised the government for locking down areas with a lower infection rate whilst allowing areas such as Hillingdon with higher infection levels to escape restrictions.
What does this mean those who live, work, study or travel in Hillingdon?
The following restrictions will apply in Hillingdon from midnight on Friday 16 October:
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.
This means You will not be able socialise with anyone from outside of your household indoors.
It will be 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. )
If you require support during restrictions or are self isolated contact the local authority who may be able to assist