Today Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP has announced that from Saturday 31st of October 2020 the remaining areas of Derbyshire will move into Tier 2 restrictions, Erewash, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Glossopdale in the High Peak were placed in into Tier 2 on 17th of October, 2020.
Derby City, Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, South Derbyshire, and the remaining wards in the High Peak will be place into Tier 2 at 12.01am on Saturday 31 October 2020.
The Tier 2 restrictions mean:
People should not mix indoors with anyone who is not in their household or support bubble – whether at home, someone else’s home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality venues, leisure venues or shops.
Outdoors, people should stick to the rule of 6, including children
If going on holiday, this should only be with the people they live with or that are in their support bubble.
Family and friends can provide informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble - the bubble is limited to two households only so that informal childcare is provided by the same carers each time.
People can only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances.
All businesses, leisure facilities and other places which are allowed to open by law can remain open providing they meet COVID-19 secure guidance.
pubs, bars restaurants and other hospitality venues close at 10pm - drive-through services, click and collect and delivery services can continue after 10pm.
Also continued guidance to wash hands, stay a safe distance apart and wear a face covering is still in place. Derbyshire County Council’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace has urged people to follow the tighter ‘lockdown’ rules and avoid the county being moved to the higher tier 3 level.
“The rate at which the number of cases continues to rise across Derbyshire is deeply concerning and if anyone is under the illusion that they’re not at risk, I’m here to tell them they’re wrong. I’m really proud of the way Derbyshire communities have supported each other through this epidemic, but you only have to look at what’s happening over the border in places like Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham to know that this isn’t over. We all have a duty to do everything it takes to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus. I realise that these extra restrictions will be frustrating, but they are also necessary as we’re seeing a lot of community transmission.
Thank you to everyone who has been following the rules to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe. And to those who have not – you need to act now.
“I cannot emphasise enough that from Saturday people from different households should not be mixing indoors, unless it is with people who are in their ‘bubble’ and they should stick to the ‘rule of 6’ when outside. I know it’s difficult. But by summoning the famous Derbyshire spirit and doing what needs to be done, together we can beat this virus”.
If you are clinically vulnerable you:
Can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low.
Can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs, and shops, whilst keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre plus other precautions.
Should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace.
People classed as clinically vulnerable are those who are:
Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions).
Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
Chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis.
Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure.
Chronic kidney disease.
Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis.
Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy.
A weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets).
Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above).
For businesses in Tier 2 The rules state that businesses and venues can continue to operate if they do so in a COVID-secure manner so:
The 10pm curfew on bars, pubs, and restaurants is still in place in Tier 2.
Schools, universities, and places of worship may remain open, and weddings and funerals can go ahead with fewer people/
Gyms can remain open if the gym has made it possible to avoid mixing with people you do not live with.
Hairdressers and salons can stay open in Tier 2, including mobile businesses.
So, there we go, I hope that most people will follow the guidelines and adhere to the restrictions above, as we all need to be responsible and avoid Tier 3 restrictions, stay safe, smart and healthy guys.
For more information on Covid-19 in Derby visit https://news.derby.gov.uk/latest-news And For Derbyshire please visit https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news-events/news-updates/news-and-updates.aspx
Reported by Lisa Varty for The D-Paper ©