16 October 2020 02:36
Chesterfield residents must follow stricter local rules from midnight on Saturday Residents in Chesterfield are being urged to follow stricter rules coming into force from Saturday 17 October, in a bid to slow the rise in coronavirus cases. Speaking in the Commons today, Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, announced that Chesterfield – along with North East Derbyshire and Erewash – will be put into Tier 2 of the government's Covid alert system – and will be placed on 'high' alert from 12.01am on Saturday. It follows a review of the local situation by Government, in liaison with the Chesterfield Borough Council and neighbouring North East Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire County Council and local MPs. All businesses, leisure facilities and other places which are allowed to open by law can remain open providing they meet Covid-19 secure guidance Pubs, bars restaurants and other hospitality venues close at 10pm – drive-through services, click and collect and delivery services can continue after 10pm You can take part in sport and physical activity outdoors but organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it's possible to avoid mixing with people you don't live with or share a support bubble with – there are exceptions for children and people with a disability Cllr Tricia Gilby, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: "Nobody wants to see stricter lockdown measures brought in locally but the health and safety of our communities, particularly our most vulnerable, must be our priority. But local infection rates are too high and are rising so it is critical that we act now to help stop the spread. "Each and every one of us has a part to play in controlling the spread of this virus – I urge everyone in Chesterfield to make sure they are familiar with the new restrictions, check their behaviour and make sure they are doing all they can to protect themselves, their families and the communities in which they live and work." "The steep rise in the numbers of cases is deeply concerning, although not surprising given Chesterfield and North East are so close to Sheffield, and Erewash borders Nottinghamshire, which are all currently on 'high' alert and under extra restrictions.
Every area of Derbyshire, including Derby, now has a weekly Covid-19 case rate of more than 100 per 100,000 people. In the most recent data for the week October 5-11 every district of the county surpassed 100 or more cases per 100,000 people, while just over a week before, in the week September 23-29, none of the districts had surpassed 100. The highest rate had been in the High Peak with 62 followed by Amber Valley and Erewash on 38 and North East Derbyshire on 37, all areas that will be under tier two restrictions as of 12.01am on Saturday. One part of Derbyshire – Glossopdale in the High Peak – was plunged into tier two restrictions and dubbed "high risk". The High Peak currently has a case rate of 188 – double the national average of 89 – with 174 new cases in the week October 5-11.
It may well have been the case that Chesterfield has had to join North East Derbyshire in tier two so that the town's residents are not surrounded by areas with heightened measures. In the week October 4-10, the areas within North East Derbyshire with the most cases revolved around Dronfield. The district's rate is four times what it had a week ago with 169 cases in the week October 5-11 and the area's MP, Lee Rowley, has said that discussions are under way but no decisions have been taken. Chesterfield's rate of cases has increased by a factor of seven in just over a week – 143 cases per 100,000 up from 21. This is likely to be caused by residents in surrounding areas with higher rates travelling to Chesterfield for work, education and leisure, and those in the town doing the same, such as to Manchester or Sheffield.
Erewash represents the boundary between Derby and Nottingham – which has the highest rate in the country and is in tier 2. In the week September 27 to October 3 there were 74 new cases in the areas of Erewash bordering Nottingham and this has risen to 120 for the week of October 3-9. In the week September 1-7 Derbyshire as a whole had 262 confirmed cases of Covid-19. In the week October 1-7 Derbyshire saw 1,256 new cases, double the number a week before and tenfold the amount a month before. The rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in each Derbyshire district for the week October 5-11, followed by the number of cases is: Chesterfield: 143 – 150 new cases Derbyshire Dales: 106 – 77 new cases Erewash: 168 – 194 new cases High Peak: 188 – 174 new cases North East Derbyshire: 167 – 169 new cases South Derbyshire: 105 – 113 new cases "The new restrictions now in force across parts of Derbyshire cover a very specific area and may not follow natural boundaries that local people understand - it might even be the case that people living in the same street could be subject to different rules." It has been announced that parts of Derbyshire will move to tier two from Saturday after a surge of coronavirus cases. The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, told MPs in the House of Commons that North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash will move to the "high" Covid alert level. Derbyshire County Council say cases in these three areas remain among the highest in the county. Here is the current infection rate per area: North East Derbyshire - 149 per 100,000 people. The announcement comes after discussions between the government, council leaders and MPs on how to manage the infection rate rise in the 3 districts. Different households or support bubbles should not mix indoors – at home, someone else's home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality venues, leisure venues or shops. You can take part in sport and physical activity outdoors but organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it's possible to avoid mixing with people you don't live with or share a support bubble with - there are exceptions for children and people with a disability.