On Monday the 12th of October, our prime minister Boris Johnson announced the governments new 3- tier alert system to try and tackle the spread of Covid-19.The 3 tiers in this system consists of: Tier 1.) Medium Alert and the restrictions for this tier are subject to the basic national rules previously in force.
• All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-19 Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.
• Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am.
• Businesses and venues selling food 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-thru.
• Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
• Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
• Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed.
• People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors.
Tier 2.) High Alert, the restrictions for this tier are as follows: This is for areas with a higher level of infections. This means the following additional measures are in place:
• 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 in a garden or other space.
• People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
And Tier 3.) High Alert, this is the highest of restriction and Currently areas in Liverpool and and Lancashire, including Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen, from 17 October are on High alert, the restrictions for Tier 3 are as follows:
• Pubs and bars must close and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
• Wedding receptions are not allowed
• People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
• People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ area they are in, or entering a
‘Very High’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
• People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘Very High’ area if they are resident elsewhere.
Most of Derbyshire continues to be on tier 1 of this alert system but Parts of the High Peak around Glossopdale were placed in tier 2 measures on Monday but 3 parts of Derbyshire have also been placed on tier 2, these part of Derbyshire are Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Erewash as of the 17th of October, 2020 and because of this Derbyshire County Council have launched a new online postcode checker for Derbyshire residents that
you can access here:
Residents will also be able to see a full explanation of the restrictions in each of the three tiers and what they mean for households. Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said: “We realise that understanding what the restrictions are and which areas they cover might be confusing for people. The new restrictions now in force across parts of
Derbyshire cover a very specific area and may not follow natural boundaries that local people understand - it might even be the case that people living in the same street could be subject to different rules. Our online checker enables everyone across Derbyshire to find out at-a-glance the alert level for their address and what that means to them. And while we hope that all our efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus will be enough to prevent any other areas of Derbyshire having tighter restrictions imposed, if this does happen in the future the checker will be updated to reflect that.”
Cases are rising across the whole of Derbyshire, so despite most of it being in the medium risk tier we must all do our part to help stop the spread of Covid-19 not just in our area but for the whole of the UK, so please adhere to all restrictions in place. For more information on Covid-19 and current guidelines and restrictions please visit:
Areas of North East Derbyshire in tier two are Charlesworth, Chisworth, Chunal, Crowden,
Dinting, Gamesley, Glossop, Hadfield South and Hadfield North, High Peak, Howard Town, Moorfield, Old Glossop, Padfield, Shirebrook, Simmondley, St John's, and Whitfield. Erewash and Chesterfield are also in Tier 2.
Please check back for updates on Covid-19 for Derby and Derbyshire.
Information provided by Derbyshire County Council. Written By Lisa Varty for The D-Paper