The shops are open

Image above: Chiswick Camera Centre, 4 Chiswick Rd, Acton Lane, W4 5LY

The shops are open, as are hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons.

Chiswick High Rd was busy the day after Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement that London was about to enter Tier 3 at one minute past midnight on the morning of Wednesday 16 December.

It was ten days before Christmas, but it was also in part because people are confused about the Tier 3 rules and some at least thought Tuesday would be the last day the shops would be open.

Not so. Shops, including ‘non essential’ ones are allowed to be open in Tier 3, as are hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons and gyms providing they don’t have indoor exercise classes.

Andy Sands, owner of Chiswick Camera Centre, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We have had an endless supply of customers assuming we close again tomorrow! Business has been hard enough we don’t need people thinking we are closed till Christmas.

“We had at least 20 people say ‘oh so you have to close again from tomorrow then!’ Plus just noticed about 10 emails to the same effect, even friends and relatives asking if we are closed again.”

Image above: Snappy Snaps, Corner of Turnham Green Terrace and Chiswick High Rd

John Fitzgerald at Snappy Snaps said:

“We were inundated with calls all day yesterday asking if we were open. We were manically busy with people thinking Tuesday was the last chance they had to get printing done. It’s not. We’re open, as we are allowed to be in Tier 3”.

Marmalade jewellers on Turnham Green Terrace had the same experience, with lots of people ringing up to see if they were open.

Janina at Marmalade said they’d had lots of calls but she’d also been into other shops and heard customers asking the same.

Chiswick Camera Centre and Snappy Snaps Chiswick are both part of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme, offering discounts to cardholders.

For some ideas of great presents you can buy locally in Chiswick, read Barbara Chandler’s piece on the trail of Christmas presents in Chiswick

Have a look too at our A-Z of where to buy presents in Chiswick

Tier 3 rules

Under Tier 3 – very high alert – rules, pubs and restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery, and indoor entertainment venues such as theatres, bowling alleys and cinemas must remain shut.

You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.

You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training. The Clayton Hotel for example still has guests who are working at Chiswick Business Park.

Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. The Chiswick Calendar and Live Music To Go has cancelled the two Jazz at George IV we had planned for 17 and 24 December and refunded the tickets and Headliners comedy club has cancelled this weekend’s shows.

Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. The Hogarth Club now has outside gym areas and outside exercise classes in small groups as well as a schedule of online classes by Zoom.

There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators. Brentford FC’s home game against Reading on Saturday 19 December is available to watch on ifollow.

Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events.

Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.

Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place.

Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.

You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

Avoid travelling outside of your area, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.

Read more stories on The Chiswick Calendar

See also: On the trail of Christmas presents in Chiswick

See also: London goes into Tier 3

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