The whole of Surrey, including Reigate & Banstead, will be placed into Tier 2, the “High Alert” level, from Wednesday 2 December.
The level means that residents in Surrey must not mix with people who don’t live with them (or aren’t in their support bubble) in any indoor setting.
The ‘rule of six’ – mixing in groups of no more than 6 people in total – will apply outside, including in private gardens and public spaces.
Surrey County Council says businesses will be able to operate in a Covid-secure way, but pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as restaurants and serving substantial meals.
This is in addition to guidelines in place on wearing face coverings, social distancing, and working from home when possible. Those who can’t work from home should walk or cycle where possible, or try to avoid busy times on public transport.
County Cllr Tim Oliver, leader of Surrey County Council said: “I know that this is not the news that some of us wanted to hear after 4 weeks of national restrictions but I do want to thank all our residents for their patience and continued commitment in following the public health guidance – it has had an impact – and on the whole their actions have kept cases down across the county.
“The coming weeks and months will continue to be a challenge to us all, but we cannot be complacent and must continue to do all we can to reduce the spread of this virus.”
More information about the lockdown rules in place now, and the Tier 2 rules from Wednesday 2 December, can be found on the Government’s coronavirus pages.