27 November 2020 12:35
Hertfordshire and Essex have escaped the toughest post-lockdown restrictions from next week. The news comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock spoke in the House of Commons, explaining what life would look like across the country following the introduction of the new tier system on Wednesday December 2. What will Hertfordshire and Essex look like from December 2? Under the Tier 2 rules, non-essential shops and gyms will be able to reopen and outdoor sports will be able to return. Exercise classes will be permitted only if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with those they do not live with or with whom they share a support bubble.
Hairdressers and personal care services will be allowed to reopen, alongside entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and bingo halls. Restaurants will be able to reopen, but pubs and bars not offering a substantial meal with have to remain closed. Hospitality businesses will be allowed to remain open until 11pm, but must take last orders at 10pm. Spectators will be allowed to attend some sporting events, and large outdoor events will be limited to 50% capacity. Indoor events will have a maximum limit of 1,000 people or half the usual capacity, whichever is lower.
The Government will review the tiering allocations every 14 days, with the first review scheduled for Wednesday December 16. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Essex County Council is aiming to bring the county into Tier 1 restrictions "as quickly as possible". Today it was announced the county would be place in Tier 2 when the national lockdown ends on December 2. Essex finds itself in the same banding it entered lockdown on November 5, despite council leader David Finch claiming earlier this month he was "confident" the county was "well placed" to emerge from lockdown in Tier 1.
Subsequently it re-emerged, so actually, the impact of our recommendation on Essex was short lived. Now more than ever, we need people to follow the rules of hand, face, space, work from home if possible, and always socially distance" Essex has been placed in Tier 2 of the Government's new coronavirus restrictions system. It means people will be banned from meeting anyone outside of their household or bubble indoors while the rule of six is back in place indoors. And in a blow to the county's hospitality industry, pubs which do not serve food alongside their wet offering will not be allowed to open. The whole of the county is now in the same tier of restrictions, unlike before the nationwide lockdown, when the Essex County Council area moved into high restrictions, leaving both Southend and Thurrock facing lesser rules. However, County Hall bosses have moved quickly to declare a desire to move the whole county into Tier 1 "as quickly as possible" - perhaps at the first review of the restrictions on December 16. John Spence, Essex County Council cabinet member for health, said: "When we recommended entry into tier two, national lockdown had been ruled out as an option. "Subsequently it re-emerged, so actually, the impact of our recommendation on Essex was short lived. In the weeks following entry to Tier 2 there was a significant flattening of the upward curve and regionally, Essex's case rate reduced, from being in the top three council areas to the bottom two." We understand that going back into Tier 2 will be hard for many, but we must all work together, follow the restrictions in order to save further lives and continue to protect our NHS. Our aim is to bring the rate of transmission and covid hospital occupancy down so that Essex can be placed in the lowest tier of restrictions as quickly as possible." In new figures released yesterday, it shows cases continue to rise across the whole of the county with the Essex infection rate now at 151.7 new cases per 100,000 population - up from 141.2 a week earlier. Basildon has the highest rate in the county council area, with 268.7, followed by Brentwood, with 245.5, and Castle Point, with 210.2. The chaotic handling of the announcement saw an online postcode checker allowing people to check which tier their area would be in launch before the official details were released. In Tier 1, the rule of six applies indoors and outdoors, people are urged to work from home if they can and pubs are limited to table service. The majority of England will be in Tier 2, where the restrictions mean a ban on households mixing indoors and pubs, and restaurants only able to sell alcohol with a "substantial meal". Tier 2 explained as Suffolk and Essex to be placed under 'high' restrictions The East of England has been put into Tier 2 of the government's coronavirus restrictions. The East of England has been placed under Tier 2 of the government's coronavirus restrictions which will begin when lockdown ends – but what do the rules mean? Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that the whole of the East of England – which includes Suffolk and Essex – will be placed into Tier 2 from Wednesday. MORE: Suffolk to be in Tier 2 in local lockdown system So what do the Tier 2 restrictions mean? • No mixing of households indoors aside from support bubbles will be allowed. • People will be encouraged to reduce the number of journeys they make and to avoid travelling into Tier 3 areas, except for reasons of education or work. • Pubs and bars will remain closed unless operating as restaurants, with alcohol only served as part of a "substantial meal" until 10pm, before venues must close at 11pm. • All retail, leisure and personal care services – including hairdressers and beauty salons – are able to reopen. • Overnight stays will only be permitted for those in the same household or support bubble. • Classes and organised sport can take place outdoors but not indoors if there is any interaction between two different households. 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. • Large events including sport and live performances will be open but limited to 50% capacity or 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors. • Places of worship can reopen, but people must not interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble. • 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. As in any of the three tiers you must still wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless you are exempt. You should follow the rules on meeting others safely, and continue to attend school or college as normal, unless self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers. You should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling on public transport. Support bubbles are changing Support bubbles will be expanded from Wednesday, December 2. From then you will be allowed to form a support bubble with another household if you are the only adult in your household, or are the only adult who does not have a disability that needs continuous care, you have a child under the age of one or you live with a child under five years old with a disability that needs continuous care.