Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Most of England goes into Tier 4 from tomorrow

Cumbria, along with nearly all of the North West of England and about 78% of the population of England as a whole will move into Tier four just after midnight in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Before the enormous uptick in the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading, apparently because of the new variant, I think most of us would have hoped this would not be necessary, but after the figures which I discussed in my post this morning some action at least as severe as this was, frankly inevitable.

The government has now announced that the following local authority areas will move to Tier 4: Stay at Home from the beginning of Thursday 31 December 2020:

  • Leicester City
  • Leicestershire (Oadby and Wigston, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Blaby, Charnwood, North West Leicestershire, Melton)
  • Lincolnshire (City of Lincoln, Boston, South Kesteven, West Lindsey, North Kesteven, South Holland, East Lindsey)
  • Northamptonshire (Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire, Wellingborough)
  • Derby and Derbyshire (Derby, Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Bolsover, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Erewash, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak)
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (Gedling, Ashfield, Mansfield, Rushcliffe, Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, Broxtowe)
  • Birmingham and Black Country (Dudley, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton)
  • Coventry
  • Solihull
  • Warwickshire (Rugby, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwick, North Warwickshire, Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (East Staffordshire, Stafford, South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Staffordshire Moorlands, Newcastle under Lyme, Tamworth, Stoke-on-Trent)
  • Lancashire (Burnley, Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, Blackpool, Preston, Hyndburn, Chorley, Fylde, Lancaster, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre)
  • Cheshire and Warrington (Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington)
  • Cumbria (Eden, Carlisle, South Lakeland, Barrow-in-Furness, Copeland, Allerdale)
  • Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan)
  • Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees )
  • North East (County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside, Sunderland)
  • Gloucestershire (Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Cotswolds, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cheltenham)
  • Somerset Council (Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, South Somerset)
  • Swindon
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • Isle of Wight
  • New Forest

The following local authority areas will move to Tier 3: Very High from the beginning of Thursday 31 December 2020:

  • Rutland
  • Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin
  • Worcestershire (Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest)
  • Herefordshire
  • Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens)
  • York and North Yorkshire (Scarborough, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Selby, Craven, Ryedale, Harrogate, City of York)
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Devon, Plymouth, Torbay (East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge, Torridge, West Devon, Plymouth, Torbay)
  • Cornwall
  • Dorset
  • Wiltshire


What Tier Four means is as follows:

  • people must not leave their home or garden unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ including where reasonably necessary for work, education, exercise or open air recreation and essential activities such as medical appointments and to buy food
  • people must not meet socially indoors, in a private garden or most outdoor public venues with anybody they do not live with or have a support bubble with. Everyone who can work from home should do so
  • people can see only one other person that they do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) in certain public outdoor places – such as parks, public gardens, or outdoor sports facilities
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 6 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 6 people can attend linked commemorative events
  • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday lets and guest houses must close, other than where very limited exceptions apply
  • hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs must close except for takeaway, delivery, drive-through and click and collect services. Takeaway must cease between 11pm and 5am, but delivery, drive-through and click-and-collect may continue during this period. This includes restaurants and bars within hotels or members’ clubs
  • indoor entertainment venues, such as casinos, bowling alleys, and bingo halls must close. Cinemas, theatres, and concert venues must also close
  • certain outdoor venues, such as botanical gardens, heritage sites, and zoos and other animal attractions may stay open, although indoor elements at these attractions must also close
  • all indoor leisure and sports facilities must close except where a legal exemption exists, such as for the training of elite sportspersons

See further details on Tier 4.

4 comments:

Jim said...

Gyms close after a full debate on not closing gyms under lockdowns. Rename lockdown as tier 4 and implement everywhere. For no reason. The vulnerable can still self isolate.
Comrade corbyn is the only reason this incompetent government is in power. Brexit was supposed to be their Falklands, turned out a damp squib and we still have the pratt Johnson saying "there are no none tarriff barriers to trade". We also have debts that dwarf the insane policies of Gordon brown.
For the first time in my life I'm actually tempted to vote Labour. My mp is one of the worst of a government in which I have zero confidence. Sure a new Labour government would be useless, but at least they would live up to my expectations of them.

Chris Whiteside said...

It is not for no reason.

It is to try to limit the carnage from a condition which has already directly or indirectly brought out the premature deaths of about 80,000 people in this country alone and is currently killing people at about a hundred times the daily rate we normally get from road traffic accidents.

Jim said...

lets ban cars as well. lets also stop people walking on roads because that is dangerous.

Meanwhile, mental health issues are rising through the roof, health issues take the back burner, the economy is being crippled and we start being told again how, in some wierd reversal of roles that people just accept, we must protect the national covid service once again.

again, The vunerable can self isolate, they always could.

You are right though, im not top of my game, everytime I start to make any progress guess what those pillocks do.

Jim said...

government cares so much for peoples well being they close gyms, close outlets serving healthy food. Then decide a tobacconist and an off licence are "essential services"

The leading killer for years was tobbacco, yet rather than banning ciggarettes they are deemed essentia and taxed. The flu has killed thousands every year, but its never been cause to shut down the entire country.

These house arrests have casused far more problems than they have sovled. I dont recall a single thing this government has done on the issue that i could support, not one. I also have not forgotton about the number of people the government murdered by moving them from hospitals into care homes, or the number of people they infected by failing to utilise the nightingale hospitals.

Incompetence is too light a word for it. Boris and his administration will be remembered as the worst this country has ever had, and going up against Gordon Brown (he whom I had hoped I would never have to name) that is quite an achievement really.