Westfield Stratford shopping chaos ahead of Tier 4 start

Westfield Stratford is rammed following Boris Johnson’s Tier 4 announcement earlier today.

Shoppers have taken to social media to share just how packed the shopping centre is tonight (December 19).

This afternoon, the Prime Minister cancelled Christmas for almost 18 million people across London and eastern and south-east England, after scientists warned of the rapid spread of the new variant coronavirus.

He announced that from Sunday areas in the South East currently in Tier 3 will be moved into a new Tier 4 for two weeks – effectively returning to the lockdown rules of November, this means non-essential shops must close.

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Speaking at a Downing Street briefing on Saturday, he added that people will be asked to stay at home and work from home if they can, not enter or leave Tier 4 areas, not stay away from home overnight and can only meet one person from another household outside in a public space. 

He also said that non-essential retail, indoor gyms and leisure facilities in these areas will close.

Mr Johnson added: “We will introduce new restrictions in the most affected areas, specifically those parts of London, the south-east and east of England which are currently in Tier 3.

“These areas will enter a new Tier 4. Residents in those areas must stay at home apart from limited exemptions.”

Following this news people appear to have flocked to the shops in an attempt to finish their Christmas shopping – with Westfield Stratford being no exception.

On social media users shared videos of extremely long queues to get in and out of the shopping centre.

Some used the busy state of the shopping centre and lack of masks as an example of why Tier 4 is happening, @skinlesscarrot tweeted: “After the madness I saw in Westfield Stratford I’m not surprised we’re going into another lockdown.”

While @xkm___) posted: ” Stratford westfield is a ZOO not a shopping mall.”

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