Today, the Government announced that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be in Tier 2 – high alert – from Wednesday, 2 December.
It means everyone in our area will have to follow new rules limiting what they can safely do - including no mixing of households indoors and a rule of six outside.
Before lockdown, our area was in Tier 1. However, most areas across England will be in the second tier which is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections.
Our tier group will be reviewed every two weeks- the next time is on 17 December.
The new rules, from 2 December, include
- Indoors: no socialising with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble.
- Outside (gardens and public spaces): groups of up to six people
- Everyone who can work from home should do so
- Businesses and venues can stay open if Covid safe but nightclubs are closed
- Pubs and bars can open if they serve substantial meals
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead but there is a maximum of 15 people at weddings and 30 at funerals.
- Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but cannot take place indoors if there is any interaction between people from different households. Organised activities for elite athletes, under18s and disabled people can continue.
Everyone must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
Follow the rules on meeting others safely
Full guidance - and advice for most vulnerable
Check what you can and cannot do by reading the full government guidance
There is separate guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection
New advice will published soon for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.
Support bubbles expanded
From 2 December you can form a support bubble with another household if:
- You are the only adult in your household (all others under 18 on 12 June 2020) or the only adult who does not have a disability that needs continuous care
- You have a child under 1
- You live with a child under 5 with a disability who needs continuous care.
Visits to care homes
Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.
Regular testing will be offered to up to two family members or friends per resident by Christmas. And this, combined with other infection-control measures such as protective personal equipment (PPE) – is set to allow indoor visits with physical contact. Full details will be published soon.