Information about what you can do to limit the spread of the virus, and the current rules and advice that the government has asked us all to follow.

The most effective way of helping to stop the spread remains adhering to government guidelines and following the 'hands, face, space' advice to keep yourself and others safe.

London has moved to Local Covid-19 Alter Level ‘High’ (Tier 2)

The Government announced new restrictions for London which came into effect at midnight Friday 16th October.

The key element of the new restrictions is that we must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless we live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.  

support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together. Informal childcare can also be provided via childcare bubbles. People may continue to see friends and family if they do not live with (or have not formed a support bubble with) outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space. When people do so, they must not meet in a group of more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age.

Further information about the new restrictions, including information about which business can remain open and childcare are available here.

Other rules which we must follow

There key government rules which we must follow are:

  • You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless we live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.
  • You can only meet socially with friends and family outdoors, in a group of up to 6 people, including children.
  • Customers and staff must wear a face-covering in shops, taxis and private hire vehicles (e.g London Taxis, Uber) and when moving around in hospitality venues, such as pubs and restaurants. Face-coverings can be removed when sat down to eat or drink.
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a full table service and must close at 10pm.
  • Those who are able to work from home should do so.
  • Organised events, such as conferences and live sport, are not now going to return as planned. Weddings can still go ahead, but with a maximum of 15 attendees. Funerals are limited to 30 people.

Doing the things we enjoy makes us feel more positive, but we need to do them safely and follow the guidance, especially around social distancing and self-isolation.

You can use the GOV.UK post code checker to read more information about the restrictions which apply in Lambeth or in another part of the country which you plan to visit.

Hands, face, space

The simplest thing you can do to protect yourself, family, friends and community is following the hands, face, space advice:

HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.

FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).

Get tested if you have symptoms

  • If you have Covid-19 symptoms (new cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell) book a free test immediately and self isolate at home.
  • If you find it difficult to stay at home and self isolate, contact 0333 360 3700 or email
  • By taking these actions we can protect each other and keep Lambeth open for business

Rules and guidance for business

If you operate a business, there are new rules which you must follow. There are new penalties and fines for businesses which do not comply, starting at £1,000 for the first offence and rising to up to £10,000.

Visit GOV.UK to find guidance on how to comply with the rules for your type of business and keep staff and customers safe.