Gyms, barbers and beauty salons are now open and non-essential retail has opened up again meaning Londoners can do their Christmas shopping in person.
City of London Corporation chair Catherine McGuinness welcomed the decision to place the capital in the middle of the three-tier system, but urged ministers to set out a clear strategy for revitalising businesses in the City.
“Many businesses across London and the Square Mile will be breathing a collective sigh of relief now that they will be able to trade in the run up to Christmas as a result of this decision,” she said.
But essential business lunches in indoor settings are allowed, which is a welcome boost for the capital’s entrepreneurs, lobbyists and restaurateurs.
Business people will still have to enjoy a “substantial” meal if they wish to drink alcohol.
Get into the Christmas spirit
There are plenty of Christmas events going ahead now London is in Tier 2. The Aldgate in Winter events are returning for their fourth year, albeit mostly online, but the local light exhibition will remain open.
Selfridges Christmas Market is also making a comeback with the reopening of its flagship Oxford Street store, and extending its outdoor Christmas market.
The Hackney Christmas Market is also making a comeback while Peckham’s festive market is back for its nine-day residence at the Copeland Gallery.