22 December 2020 06:31
Following the U.K. Government's announcement of a new lockdown — termed 'Tier 4′ — for some areas of England, the London Office issued an advisory A Government spokesperson said, "In view of the U.K. Government announcement on Tier 4 and specifically relating to Bermudians in the U.K. involving their travel, the London Office is advising as below. "In line with UK Government guidance, individuals resident in a Tier 4 area must not leave their primary place of residence unless such travel is essential [e.g. for work or education purposes]. If an individual requires to travel they must stay within their local area and look to reduce the number of journeys they make overall; this includes a ban on international travel. "If an individual is ordinarily resident in Bermuda and travelled to the UK for purposes of vacation, education, or medical reasons the current rules allow for their travel to return to Bermuda. "To confirm which Tier you are currently resident in, please refer here.
For more information on Tier 4 restrictions, please refer here. "The next review of the Tier system is due to take place on 30 December, from which these rules may change. It is therefore advisable to keep updated on any such developments during this time. "In the meantime, it is also advisable to keep updated on your flight status via British Airways to be aware of any changes here," the statement concluded. Information on UK 'Tier 4′ restrictions via the BBC: The restrictions are similar to the last national lockdown in England, in November.
They include: Residents should stay at home, unless they have a "reasonable excuse" such as work or education All non-essential retail will have to close, along with hairdressers, nail bars, and indoor entertainment venues Gyms and indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts and dance studios must close No-one in tier four will be allowed to join Christmas Day bubbles in tiers one to three You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble People should not leave tier four areas or travel abroad, except in limited circumstances (including work and education) Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are not allowed except in exceptional circumstances In addition, some nations worldwide have placed restrictions on flights from the UK, with the BBC reporting that "more than 40 countries have banned UK arrivals because of concerns about the spread of a new variant of coronavirus. "Flights from the UK are being suspended to countries across the world including Spain, India and Hong Kong. France shut its border with the UK for 48 hours, meaning no lorries or ferries can leave from the port of Dover," the BBC said. The Government's statement above notes that "if an individual is ordinarily resident in Bermuda and travelled to the UK for purposes of vacation, education, or medical reasons the current rules allow for their travel to return to Bermuda" and also added that"it is also advisable to keep updated on your flight status via British Airways" which appears to indicate there is not, currently, any changes to policy, however we have asked the Government for comment on Bermuda's position on UK flights and will update if able. The last set of statistics, released on December 19th, indicate that 27% of the island's cases to date are imported, while the majority [53%] of cases have been local transmission with known source, local transmission with unknown source currently make up 4%, and 16% are currently classified as 'under investigation'. As the island and world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are doing our best to provide timely and accurate information, and you can find more information on the links below. Read More About Category: All, News When will Tier 4 be reviewed? Review date for new Covid restrictions – and how long rules could last Cases have risen rapidly in recent weeks Millions of people across London and the South East are now subject to tier four restrictions -the harshest in England – after scientists said that a new coronavirus variant is spreading more rapidly. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that, from Sunday 20 December, areas in the South East would be moved from tier three to a new tier four – effectively returning them to the lockdown rules of November. The i newsletter latest news and analysis Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Thank you for subscribing! Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Non-essential shops, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers and bowling alleys have been closed, and people are restricted to meeting one other person from another household in a public space outdoors. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also implemented their own rules, including national lockdowns which have already begun or will begin after Christmas. Here's what you need to know about how long the new tier four restrictions will be in place. What are the new tier four restrictions? Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas for almost 18 million people across London and eastern and south-east England following warnings from scientists of the rapid spread of the new variant of coronavirus (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA) People in tier four should not stay away from home overnight, and people from outside will be advised not to visit tier four areas. People throughout England are advised to "stay local" and avoid overseas travel, while those in tier four will only be able to go abroad for essential business. Exemptions to the "stay at home" message that applied in the November lockdown will also apply in tier four – including support bubbles, childcare bubbles and children whose parents are separated. People will be allowed to travel for education, childcare and to go to work if they cannot work from home and they will be permitted unlimited outdoor exercise. When will restrictions be reviewed? Cases have risen rapidly in recent weeks, and the next review of the tier system across the country will be on 30 December, with restrictions likely in place throughout New Year's Eve. However, the Government's Chief Scientific Officer, Sir Patrick Vallance, said there was no evidence the new variant "causes more trouble" and would make people more unwell. Read More Boris Johnson urged to recall Parliament as Covid lockdown and border crisis throw Christmas into chaos He added there were "theoretical reasons" to suggest that it may alter an immune response though there was no evidence for this. He said: "Our working assumption from all the scientists is that the vaccine response should be adequate for this virus." How long will tier four last? Mr Johnson said the new variant was up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the original strain. The new rules came could be in place for months, according to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock. He said: "The new variant is out of control and we need to bring it under control. "We don't know how long these measures are going to be in place. "It may be for some time until we can get the vaccine going." Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol, said that even if the elderly are vaccinated, social restrictions may have to continue for some time.