Government issue updates on local COVID alert levels

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has issued an announcement  on 15 October 2020 that more areas are to move into Tier 2,  classed as ‘high’, from Saturday 17 October at 00:01.

These areas are:

  • London
  • Essex
  • Elmbridge
  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • York
  • North East Derbyshire
  • Erewash and
  • Chesterfield.
  • Tier 2 is for areas with a higher level of infections.

    Additional measures will be in place, including:

    • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

    • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including gardens or other spaces

    • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible, and should walk or cycle where possible, or avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

    Venues, including museums, galleries and libraries, following COVID-secure guidance can host more people in total, but no one must mix indoors with anyone who they do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) unless exemptions apply. Outdoors, they can meet in groups of up to 6 people.

    The guidance states:

  • businesses and venues must ensure people do not meet in their premises with people from outside of their household or support bubble
  • businesses and venues that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure
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