28 October 2020 14:40
Following speculation the BCP area could move into Tier 2 coronavirus measures, we look at what it could mean for residents and which areas are already under them. The Daily Echo is seeking clarification on whether the BCP area is set to move into higher restrictions and we will keep you updated in our live blog As things stand, the whole of Dorset is currently under 'medium' Tier 1 resrictions which means there's a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants and a ban on most gatherings of more than six people. Areas categorised as high risk have restrictions on household mixing indoors, while the rule of six continues to apply outdoors. People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. How BCP coronavirus case rate compares to areas already in Tier Two Shops, gyms, all education settings, and places of worship can remain open, with overnight stays permitted.
Up to 15 guests are allowed at weddings and up to 30 people allowed at funerals, with 15 allowed at receptions and wakes. What about travelling elsewhere? Travel advice for those living in Tier 2 areas is to reduce the number of journeys they take where possible and avoid travel into very high Tier 3 areas. Which areas are already in Tier 2? London, Derbyshire, West Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley, West Midlands, and Leicestershire are among the regions currently in Tier 2. What about Tier 3? Social mixing is banned both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars must close unless they can operate as a restaurant. The rule of six applies in some outdoor settings such as parks, public gardens and sports courts. Deliberately flouting the rules can net you a fine of up to £6,400, while those who organise gatherings of more than 30 people can be fined up to £10,000. Local leaders help the Government to determine whether other venues should be closed, such as gyms or casinos. Shops and places of worship can remain open, as can schools and colleges, while universities must reflect wider restrictions with the option to move to greater online provision. Up to 15 guests are allowed at weddings and 30 people can attend funerals, with 15 allowed at wakes, but wedding receptions are not permitted. People living in Tier 3 areas are advised against overnight stays in other parts of the UK and should avoid travel where possible in and out of the area, unless it is for work, education or caring responsibilities. Number 10 confirmed that, under Tier 2 and 3 rules on household mixing, people can still meet up for work meetings indoors under certain circumstances.