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COVID-19: Tier 2 (High Alert)

From Wednesday 2nd December, Chipping Campden will fall into Tier 2.

Following the end of the national lockdown on December 2nd, the country is being divided into 3 Tiers to help tackle coronavirus.  Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 being the most severe.  From 2nd December until the 16th Chipping Campden will be in Tier 2.  There will be a review of the measures on that date.

Unfortunately, with tier 2 restrictions in place, meeting inside will still not be allowed under any circumstances, other than for those in a support bubble.

Regular, good handwashing, wearing a face covering and keeping two meters apart continues to be essential steps for everyone to follow.

In the last week of August there were 46 cases in the county, with Gloucester and Cheltenham the districts having the highest number at 12 and there were no Covid related deaths.

Earlier this month, there were 1045 cases, 245 in Cheltenham 207 in Gloucester, 179 in Stroud 147 in The Cotswolds and Tewkesbury and 106 in the Forest of Dean. The ONS has also sadly recorded that there were 23 COVID-19 related deaths in the county between 18-24 November.

The Government has made it clear that it will be possible for areas to move between the different tiers of restrictions, depending on a number of factors, including its number of cases, available capacity within the NHS and the level to which people are following the guidance, including getting testing and isolating, if they test positive.

Those who do need to isolate can get financial support and other advice and guidance to help them.

What Does Tier 2 Mean?

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm
  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes  or stonesettings.
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • 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
  • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

 

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