Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons travel should be minimised both to and within Tier 3 areas.
Jeremy Hunt, Conservative chairman of the Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee, asked: “From Wednesday if you live outside London will it be against the regulations to come into Oxford Street to do your Christmas shopping?
“If you live inside London will it be against the regulations to do your Christmas shopping and is the only way to do your Christmas shopping legally now to go online?”
Mr Hancock replied: “The question he asks about Christmas shopping is important.
“It is recommended that people should minimise travel unless it is necessary in a Tier 3 area and should minimise travel where it is necessary to a Tier 3 area.
“And so we have taken this action to try to protect people and to try to slow the spread of this virus and that is absolutely the right thing to do.”
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