Oxford city and the rest of Oxfordshire is heading into Tier 4 on Boxing Day
The county has gone from Tier 2 to Tier 4
Matt Hancock has announced that Oxford and the rest of Oxfordshire will be put into Tier 4 on Boxing Day.
The measure hopes to stop a new variant of coronavirus from spreading across the country. Since the national lockdown in November, Oxfordshire has been in Tier 2.
Tier 4 is a “Stay at Home” warning. According to the government’s website: “This means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.”
Sussex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire will also be moved into Tier 4 from Boxing Day, with Oxford joining London and a lot of the south east of England already under Tier 4 restrictions.
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