Herefordshire residents urged to follow Tier 2 (High Alert) Covid-19 rules

A new tougher Covid-19 three-tier system in England starts today (Wednesday 2 December) and Herefordshire, along with its neighbouring counties, has been placed in Tier 2: High Alert.

As the month-long national lockdown is lifted, Herefordshire Council is urging all residents to follow the new rules for this area to make sure they keep themselves and others safe by preventing the spread of Covid-19.

The new tiers have three levels of local restrictions. They are:

  • Tier 1: Medium alert
  • Tier 2: High alert
  • Tier 3: Very High alert

Diagram showing Herefordshire within the tier system

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

The Tier 2 restrictions also require people to adhere to the following:

  • 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 with last orders at 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
  • 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 with 15 allowed to the wake
  • 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
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • 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

Herefordshire Acting Director of Public Health Rebecca Howell-Jones said: “Herefordshire residents and businesses have made a tremendous effort in following the national covid guidance since the pandemic began. This has helped to keep our case numbers low compared to other areas of the country.

“This has once again been reflected in our numbers following the lockdown and I am urging everyone to keep up this excellent work to help prevent another surge in cases.

“The virus is still in our communities and every social contact is an opportunity for it to spread. Keep yourself and others safe by following the hand washing, face coverings and social distancing guidance, as well as the new Tier 2 rules.”

For the latest Covid-19 advice and information visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Published: 2nd December 2020