More areas in England to move into top tier of COVID restrictions

Grant Boone
October 27, 2020

Rushcliffe is set to move into Tier 3 - the toughest Covid-19 restrictions - following discussions between Government and council leaders.

The alert system comprises three levels: "Medium", "High" and "Very High" with the level being decided according to local infection rates.

Going to Tier 3 means stopping pubs and bars from serving food, but families are prohibited from mixing indoors or in private gardens and beer gardens.

Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Lancashire and South Yorkshire are now on England's highest alert level Tier Three.

The central England city of Nottingham is the latest part of England to be put under tightened restrictions as part of a three-tier system to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement came hours after Warrington, in northwest England, was also moved into the tighter restrictions. They may meet in parks and in the countryside in groups of no more than six.

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The National Statistics Bureau has estimated that an average of 35,200 new COVID-19 cases a day occurred in the English community between October 10 and 16.

People from Warrington are advised not to travel outside the borough for non-essential reasons and should avoid staying overnight elsewhere in the UK.

The council will receive £1.68million to help with contact tracing and enforcement, and £4.2million for businesses.

The Department for Health and Social Care said infection rates in Warrington had reached 361 per 100,000 population during the week of 12 to 18 October, compared to 180 in England as a whole.

That is the equivalent of 351.4 cases per 100,000 people, the reports sid, adding that the rate has been above 300 every day for more than a week.

A package of support similar to those secured in other parts of the country has been agreed to help residents and businesses who will be impacted by the new restrictions. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days.

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