Telford and Wrekin moves to Tier 3 “Very High”
Written by Harvey Williamson on December 30, 2020
The Government has announced that new Tier 3 restrictions will come into place for Telford and Wrekin from Thursday, 31 December.
Latest data shows there are 143 cases per 100,000 residents, in the week ending 26 December.
Infection rates in the over 60s also continue to be a cause for concern, at 127 cases per 100,000.
Under Tier 3 restrictions, people cannot socialise indoors, outdoor socialising is limited to groups of six, people should continue to work from home wherever possible and reduce the amount of journeys made.
A significant change from Tier 2 is that bars, pubs and restaurants must now close, except for takeaway, click-and-collect and delivery services.
From 31 December, the new Tier 3 restrictions in Telford and Wrekin mean that:
•People must not socialise indoors with anyone who is not part of their household or support bubble, whether at home or in a public space
•People can meet others in outdoor places public spaces such as parks, the countryside or public gardens but only if they do so in a group of six or less and practice social distancing (the ‘rule of six’)
•Everyone who can work from home should do so
•Hospitality settings such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must close except for takeaway, click-and-collect and delivery services
•Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close, as must hotels, B&Bs and guest houses, with limited exemptions
•Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, however group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) must not go ahead
•People should avoid travelling outside of the area other than where necessary (for instance, for work or education purposes)
•Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
Liz Noakes, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “The tragic reality is that this virus claims people’s lives and we need to do all we can to reduce the spread.
“While the ongoing vaccination programme provides hope, its full roll-out in the borough will take some time, so we’re still some way off being able to return to normality.
“As infection rates continue to rise in the borough, we must focus on keeping ourselves and each other safe. That means following the rules, looking out for vulnerable relatives and doing our best to drive the rates down.”
Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Ultimately this is the Government’s decision and we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the virus.
“We all need to continue to comply with the restrictions. I am confident that if we all play our part, we will be able to get through this and look forward to some return to normality in 2021.”
Council Leader Shaun Davies, said: “The Government’s decision to move to Tier 3 is significantly impacting borough businesses, particularly those in hospitality, accommodation, events but also small businesses.
“We are urging the government to provide enhanced support to all businesses affected by the new restrictions, especially since many of them continue to face serious financial challenges due to previous restrictions and lockdowns.
“As we’ve done throughout this difficult year, we will continue to go the extra mile to help all businesses impacted as much as we can.
“Information about the support available to borough businesses is on www.telford.gov.uk/coronavirus – “I am a business” section.
“Grant applications are still open, so whether your business has to close due to the new restrictions, whether you continue to operate but struggle financially, you can apply for grants here.