GLOUCESTERSHIRE = TIER 1 (MEDIUM)
The Prime Minister has set out how – from Wednesday, 14 October 2020 – the government will simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local Covid Alert Levels in England. Gloucestershire is in Tier 1 Medium – so while infection cases are rising and we need to keep up the basics (Face, Place & Space) - there is no change to the current arrangements.
Local COVID Alert Level – Medium
This is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place. This means:
• All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-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 6 is followed
• People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
A few FAQs:
Will decisions be taken on a local authority or regional basis?
• The Government will work with local leaders, as well as JBC and PHE to decide changes to alert levels. • Tougher restrictions will only be introduced in areas or regions with high and increasing rates of transmission. This list will be kept under constant review.
What is the trigger point?
• Decisions will be made based on a number of factors including the rate of transmission, how quickly it is increasing and the effectiveness of current interventions.
• That is why a benchmark is not being set for the infection rate per 100,000 for moving between Local Covid Alert Levels. • We will keep the measures under constant review, including a four-week review point for interventions in ‘very high’ areas.
What about travelling to other areas?
* 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.
* The onus is on the guest rather than for example a B&B business owner as its guidance for people living in high risk areas.