Staffordshire is set to move to a Tier Two ‘high alert’ after an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases – with new rules affecting places including Tamworth, Lichfield and Cannock.
Staffordshire County Council has tonight (Tuesday) revealed the exact date of when the new measures will come into place is still to be confirmed, but it could be as soon as this weekend.
The main difference between ‘medium’ and ‘high’ is the additional laws on households mixing indoors.
The ‘very high alert’ or Tier Three would see even tougher restrictions, including some businesses being forced to close.
The status of the alert will be reviewed in 14 days’ time.
Alan White, leader of the council, said: “Our residents and businesses have made huge efforts to keep our county safe and open, but despite this, cases continue to rise rapidly and we are now facing tighter restrictions.
“This year, Staffordshire has showed what it does best – pulling together and supporting our communities, but now we need to redouble our efforts to avoid any further restrictions and protect our county.
“We can, and we must rise, to this new challenge, but is down to each and every one of us to stick to the new rules when they do come into force to help keep Staffordshire safe and open for business.”
The county council is continuing to lobby Government for support for residents and businesses struggling during the pandemic, as well as support for wider efforts to contain the virus.
Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care, said: “The virus is spreading in Staffordshire largely through social contact, so this extra guidance on mixing indoors will hopefully help reduce the rate of infection.
“By sticking to the Covid High Alert rules, we have the best chance of not only curbing the spread of infection, but also of having these extra measures removed as quickly as possible.”
The new restrictions for the High Alert Level will mean:
- You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
- You must not meet indoors with people in any other alert level, including those living in a lower alert level.
- You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with outside including in a garden or other outdoor space. When you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than six. The “Rule of Six” includes children of any age.
- You can still travel to other areas, but you are advised to limit your trips as much as possible.
- You should not visit relatives in care homes unless there are exceptional circumstances.