26 Nov 2020
The government has announced that Derby will be placed under COVID alert level ‘Very High’ – often referred to as Tier 3 – restrictions from 2 December at 12.01am, following national lockdown restrictions coming to an end.
Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the national restrictions would end on Wednesday 2 December and be replaced by a strengthened tier system.
Areas placed under Tier 3 (the highest COVID alert level) are those with significant transmission within the community.
There are some alterations to the measures previously put in place in ‘Very High’ alert level areas. As well as following the national guidance to wash our hands, keep our distance and wear a face covering if we can, the ‘Very High’ restrictions mean:
All restrictions are monitored and evaluated by the government, Public Health England and local councils to ensure they are still necessary and appropriate for the area. A review of each local area tier placement will take place every two weeks.
The Government has also announced plans to allow families and loved ones to spend time together over the Christmas period. Between 23 and 27 December, the three households will be allowed to form a temporary “Christmas bubble”. This will be allowed in all areas of the country, regardless of its local alert level.
They can mix indoors and stay overnight. The bubbles will be fixed, so you will not be able to mix with two households on Christmas Day and two different ones on Boxing Day. Full details are available on the Government website.
Community support will be available to those who need it. Derby’s Community Hub can be contacted on 01332 640000. A text service is also available using 07774 333412.
Earlier this week, Derby City Council implemented a system to support NHS Test and Trace at a local level. In partnership with the national Test and Trace operation, the programme will see Derby City Council support in contacting those who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have not responded to contact by the NHS system.
You can read more details about the system and what each tier entails on the government website.
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