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Tier 4 and Christmas travel rules explained

Warning sign: Heathrow Airport  Terminal 5, now within Tier 4 (Simon Calder)
Warning sign: Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, now within Tier 4 (Simon Calder)

More than 16 million people in London, parts of the south east and east of England have been placed into a new Tier 4, with extremely strict travel regulations. In addition, the Christmas easing allowing three households to mix has been reduced to a single day: 25 December.

“This is not the moment to have unnecessary travel,” says the government’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty.

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These are the key questions and answers, starting with the

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what are the new Covid rules and Tier 4 restrictions?

Travel restrictions between levels will be lifted, but until December 23 people in Level 3 and 4 face fines for venturing outside their council areas.

The Level 4 restrictions have been imposed in East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire, East and South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

On November 13, Fife, Angus, Perth and Kinross moved up to level 3, whilst indoor household meetings between up to six people from two households were allowed again in Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.

East Lothian and Midlothian moved down from Level 3 to 2

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