Bath & North East Somerset has been moved into Tier 3 restrictions today, Thursday 31st December, as part of ongoing measures to control the spread of COVID-19.
The change from Tier 2 comes at a point where three-quarters of England are placed into Tier 4, the strictest restrictions.
Between 18th and 24th December, the weekly case rate in England rose to 402.6 per 100,000 population, a 32% increase on the previous week.
Evidence has shown that the new strain of the virus is increasing in the South West, Midlands and parts of the North West.
Under tier 3 restrictions, people in Bath & North East Somerset should follow these rules:
- People must not meet socially indoors, in a private garden or most outdoor public venues with anybody they do not live with or have a support bubble with. Everyone who can work from home should do so.
- People can see friends and family they do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) in some public outdoor places – such as parks or public gardens ?in a group of up to 6.
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
- Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, holiday lets and guest houses must close, other than where very limited exceptions apply
- Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs must close except for takeaway, delivery, drive-through and click and collect services. Takeaway must cease between 11pm and 5am, but delivery, drive-through and click-and-collect may continue during this period. This includes restaurants and bars within hotels or members’ clubs.
- Indoor entertainment venues, such as casinos, bowling alleys, and bingo halls must close. Outdoor entertainment venues, such as botanical gardens and heritage sites, may stay open, although indoor elements at these attractions must also close.
- Cinemas, theatres, and concert venues must close; except for drive-in events
- Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but indoor group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.
In B&NES, there have now been a total of 4,679 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 98 people confirmed with the virus yesterday, 30th December.
So far, 80 deaths have been recorded of people who had had a positive result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test.