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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.

These are the key questions and answers, starting with the tier 4 rules that now apply to residents of Greater London as well as all or parts of Surrey, Kent, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, East Sussex and Buckinghamshire.

I have just been told I am in tier 4. What does that mean for travel?

Unless there is an essential reason for you to travel – for work, education, medical treatment, caring responsibilities and

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The guidelines address many aspects of life which will be prohibited under the new rules, but also leave many sectors and activities without clarity.

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