Millions of Londoners will face tougher restrictions from Saturday as the British capital will be placed in a higher level of the government's coronavirus alert system, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Thursday.
Tier 2, "High" means no mixing between households indoors, the rule of six applies outdoors and the on-trade must shut at 10pm, while Tier 3, "Very High" is the strictest level and completely prevents households mixing in any area, pubs and bars must close if they do not serve hot meals and people may be prevented from travelling in or out of the affected area.
Hancock thanked those who work and live in the capital, adding: "We all need to play our part in getting the virus under control once again".
However, the scale of the COVID-19 crisis in London is still far below that of hotspots in the North and Midlands.
Rupa Huq, Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton in west London, took to Twitter to say she was unconvinced this tinkering would be enough and also repeated calls for a nationwide circuit-breaker lockdown to stop the disease "spreading like wildfire".
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has been resisting following the Liverpool City Region into Tier 3 restrictions.
He said: "No one wants to see this, but it is necessary to protect Londoners", after warning cases would soon reach 100 per 100,000 people.
Under new rules set out by Boris Johnson on Monday those in any of the city's boroughs, including Bromley and Bexley , can not meet in their homes or venues like pubs and restaurants unless they are part of the same "support bubble".
The new three-tier system, which came in earlier this week, sees every area of England classed as being on medium, high or very high alert.
Under Tier 2, households are also barred from mixing in pubs and restaurants.
London residents will be banned from socializing or conducting activities with other households indoors regardless of setting.