The comments made by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on 1 January 2021.
Over the past week we have seen infections and hospitalisations rise sharply across London and hospitals are coming under increased pressure.
While our priority is to keep as many children as possible in school, we have to strike a balance between education and infection rates and pressures on the NHS.
The situation in London continues to worsen and so today we are taking action to protect the public and reduce the spread of this disease in the community.
Everyone across London must take this situation incredibly seriously and act responsibly to minimise the spread of this deadly disease.