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Tier 3 closures in full as pubs and restaurants to shut but barbers to stay open

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Tier three rules mean almost everything from pubs to museums must shut their doors until further notice.

London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will join much of the rest of England in the highest tier of government restrictions to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

The new restrictions starting from midnight on Wednesday morning will force the closure of some hospitality venues which have only just re-opened following England's second national lockdown.

As part of the tougher rules, different households cannot mix except in outdoor public places and anywhere serving food can only open for for takeaway and delivery services.

Unlike last month's national lockdown, non-essential shops can remain open, as can gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons.

Below is a full list of what must close in tier three areas of the south east from Wednesday.

Pubs and restaurants (unless operating takeaway, delivery or drive-thru)

Casinos

Cinemas

Bowling alleys

Skating rinks

Bingo halls

Theatres

Soft play areas

Museums and galleries

Live sport venues

Amusement arcades

Laser quest and escape rooms

Hotels and Airbnbs

The following outdoor entertainment venues must close their indoor attractions to the public.

Zoos

Safari parks

Wildlife reserves

Aquariums

Visitor attractions at farms

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Places which have stayed open in regions already in tier three across the country, include:

Non-essential shops

Hairdressers

Beauty salons

Tattoo parlours

Nail salons

Spas

Saunas and steam rooms

Massage parlours

Tanning salons

Outdoor tourism and entertainment venues

Outdoor cinemas, theatres and concert venues (but must close at 11pm other than for the purposes of concluding a performance which began before 10pm)

Outdoor funfairs

Leisure and sports facilities (but group exercise classes should not go ahead)

Community centres and halls

Libraries

Recycling and waste centres

Car parks

Public toilets

Speaking from the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, Mr Hancock said there "is not a moment to spare" in taking action against a rise of Covid cases in and around London.

He said: "Hospitals across the counties of Essex and Kent are already under pressure, and we know the doubling of cases will be mirrored in hospital admissions, and it only takes a few doublings for the NHS to be overwhelmed."

The full list of places going into Tier three from Wednesday are:

Greater London

Basildon

Brentwood

Harlow

Epping Forest

Castle Point

Rochford

Braintree & Chelmsford

Thurrock and South End on Sea Borough councils

Broxbourne

Heartsmere

Watford and the three river local authority

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