Posted: 23/12/20 by Northamptonshire Chamber
The county faces tougher restrictions as of 00:01am on Boxing Day after today’s announcement.
Tier Three is the toughest set of restrictions applied to “very high” risk areas with different households banned from mixing indoors and out, pubs and restaurants forced to close, and spectators locked out of sporting events.
Northants was placed in Tier Two when the new system was announced last month. A review was promised within two weeks where many areas hoped to be downgraded.
But numbers of positive Covid-19 tests — particularly in older age groups — hospital admissions and deaths among coronavirus patients means the situation is now worse in Northamptonshire than it was when the second national lockdown was announced on November 2.
Tier 3 - Very High Alert: what it means:
■ All shops; businesses such as hair, beauty and nail salons; gyms, pools, and leisure facilities; public buildings such as libraries can stay open OPEN.
■ You can meet with others in public outdoor places such as parks, but only in groups of up to SIX people
■ You must NOT meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble — including in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
■ You should maintain social distancing from anyone not in your household or support bubble
■ People can not stay overnight somewhere outside of their local area unless needed for work, education or similar
■ Pubs, cafes and restaurants must CLOSE except for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
■ You should work from home where possible
■ People are advised against travelling out of a tier three area
■ You should still wear a face covering
■ No spectators are allowed in grounds at elite sporting events
■ Up to 15 people can attend a wedding ceremony or civil partnership — but NO reception is allowed
■ Up to 30 people can attend someone’s funeral and up to 15 people can attend someone’s wake