Thu 26 Nov 2020

EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE TO BE PLACED IN TIER 2 FROM 2ND DECEMBER

Following today’s announcement from Central Government, East Cambridgeshire will be placed into tier 2 following the end of the national lockdown on 2nd December.

East Cambridgeshire forms part of the wider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough tier, which has been categorised as tier 2.

EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE TO BE PLACED IN TIER 2 FROM 2ND DECEMBER

Restrictions for residents living in tier 2 (high alert) are as follows:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

 In addition to the tier-based restrictions, across all tiers, everyone:

·         must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption

·         should follow the rules on meeting others safely

·         should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers

·         should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling

·         must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances.*

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 2 family members or friends per resident by Christmas, which – when combined with other infection-control measures such as PPE – will support indoor visits with physical contact. Detailed guidance will be published shortly on the GOV website.

All businesses and venues that are open are expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. In all tiers, the following businesses and venues can remain open:

·         essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales

·         certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier

·         personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons

·         public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls

·         allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks

·         essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites

·         places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier

Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.

* Exemptions from gatherings limits in all tiers

·         as part of a single household, or a support bubble

·         for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes

·         for childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum

·         for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups

·         for formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older

·         to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care

·         for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians

·         for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them

·         for birth partners

·         to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present

East Cambs District Council will be providing more information on how this will affect our services in due course.

 

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