Residents asked to celebrate safely over Christmas and New Year

Today Herefordshire moves down a level in the Covid-19 Tier system from Tier 2 (High Alert) to Tier 1 (Medium Alert) enabling more venues to open and giving residents greater freedom.


However local people and businesses are being asked to act responsibly, continue to follow the Covid-19 guidance - which has helped keep infection rates low in the county - and protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus.


Herefordshire’s Acting Director of Public Health Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones said:

“The residents of Herefordshire have done a brilliant job in observing the Covid-19 guidance and helping to keep the number of Covid-19 cases low compared to other parts of the country.


“However, with Christmas and New Year just around the corner, we have reached another key point in the course of the pandemic and I want to stress the importance of continuing to do all we can to prevent transmission and protect our family and friends. No-one can afford to relax their behaviour. Covid-19 is a highly infectious virus and can spread very quickly – as we’ve seen in other parts of the UK and countries across the world.


“We want you to enjoy a Covid-free festive period so please do your bit to keep yourself and your loved ones – particularly vulnerable and older people – safe. Social distancing, wearing a face covering in most indoor public settings away from home and regular handwashing are still key in our battle against the virus Remember, if you meet up with friends and family, it is safer to do it outdoors.”


You can also help others by taking part in Herefordshire Council’s Celebrate Safely campaign by visiting Celebrate Safely

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

Tier 1 restrictions include:

  • you must not socialise in groups larger than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies.  This is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, for premises that serve alcohol
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are exempt)
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, 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

The full Tier 1 restrictions can be found on the Government website

The Government reviews the Tiers every 14 days and the results of the next review are expected to be announced on Wednesday December 30.

Published: 19th December 2020