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The government has announced the restrictions that will apply to different parts of England when we leave the current lockdown. The view is that Buckinghamshire should be in what is called ‘Tier 2’.

This is based on a variety of key measures as defined by Public Health England. The Tiers define what we are allowed to do and not allowed to do.

Each council area will be reviewed after 14 days to see if the Tier that they are in should change.

Therefore, it is really important that you observe the new Rules. Let’s work together across Buckinghamshire to reach Tier 1 as soon as possible.

The situation in Buckinghamshire

We are seeing the number of cases starting to fall in Buckinghamshire. The latest data shows that the number of cases per 100,000 people in Buckinghamshire is now 125.7. Having fallen from 161 the previous week. You can see the latest figures on the Buckinghamshire Council website including the number of cases in your local area.

In Tier 2, these are the main rules that will be in place in Buckinghamshire from Wednesday 2 December:

  • You cannot socialise with anyone you don’t live with indoors.
  • People should work from home where they’re able to, in agreement with their employer.
  • ‘Rule of 6’ applies outdoors – don’t meet in groups of more than six people and only meet people you don’t live with outside.
  • Businesses and venues including places of worship can open and operate in a COVID-secure manner, other than those still closed by law, e.g. nightclubs.
  • Our Leisure Centres and Libraries that were closed during lockdown will reopen operating with COVID-secure measures (check our website for full details).
  • Pubs and bars will stay closed unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. They must close by 11 pm, with last orders at 10 pm.
  • Organised sport outdoors can continue and some indoor sports can also take place if it’s possible for people to avoid mixing with others they don’t live with – see more detail below.
  • You can travel and stay overnight somewhere but you should continue to follow the Tier 2 rules wherever you go. Travel to an area in Tier 3 should be avoided unless it’s necessary.

You can find out more about what the rules are in each Tier on the government’s website.

‘Hands, Face, Space’ applies at all times:

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Wear a face-covering where required unless you’re exempt
  • Keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone you don’t live with

It’s a relief to see that the cases numbers are starting to fall across Buckinghamshire. It’s essential we remain mindful of the virus at all times, and the ease with which it spreads. We risk being moved into a higher Tier if our case numbers rise too much again.

Remember – if anyone in the home develops symptoms of coronavirus then the whole household must isolate immediately (which means not going out or seeing anyone else).

You must book a test for anyone with symptoms as soon as possible (phone 119 if you can’t book online or book via the NHS COVID-19 app).

 

 

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