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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)
Soft play areas
Museums and galleries
Live sport venues
Laser quest and escape rooms
Hotels and Airbnbs
The following outdoor entertainment venues must close their indoor attractions to the public.
Visitor attractions at farms
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Places which have stayed open in regions already in tier three across the country, include:
Saunas and steam rooms
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)
Leisure and sports facilities (but group exercise classes should not go ahead)
Community centres and halls
Recycling and waste centres
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:
Braintree & Chelmsford
Thurrock and South End on Sea Borough councils
Watford and the three river local authority
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