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Derbyshire to remain in Tier 3

Published: 17 December 2020

The whole of Derbyshire will remain under Tier 3 restrictions, the government has announced today.

It follows a review of the COVID levels which has seen the county placed under ‘very high’ alert.

Director of Public Health Dean Wallace said it was the right decision for Derbyshire which has seen a rapid increase in coronavirus cases.

He said:

“It’s my job to protect the health of Derbyshire people, and with that in mind I feel it is the right decision to keep the county under Tier 3 restrictions.

“In the last 7 days, compared to the previous week, we have seen infection rates increase by 20% per 100,000 of the population.

“That rapid increase in COVID-19 infections is alarming when we are already under tighter restrictions.

“I fear that will only rise further with people planning to socialise more in line with government guidelines at Christmas and I think it is right that we need to see the impact of this before we look to lower restrictions.

“I would urge everyone to follow the government’s guidance for getting together during the 5-day window by trying to limit the number of people you see and the amount of time you spend together to stop the spread.

“Unfortunately, coronavirus thrives when people are together and the virus will not be taking a break for Christmas.

“It is vital that everyone continues to follow basic precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe – washing their hands regularly, wearing a face covering if they can and staying apart.”

Under Tier 3 the restrictions mean:

  • no mixing of households indoors or in most outdoor places apart from support bubbles. Maximum of 6 in some outdoor spaces (parks, sports courts, public gardens)
  • pubs, restaurants and cafes remain closed, except for take-away, delivery or drive-through
  • shops, hair salons, gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools can open
  • indoor entertainment venues closed
  • avoid unnecessary travel out of the area apart from work, childcare, education, medical attention, youth services, caring responsibilities
  • no overnight stays outside of local area unless for work, education or similar reasons
  • hotels and overnight accommodation closed (except where for work or because people cannot return home)
  • everyone who can work at home should do so
  • early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open
  • registered childcare, other supervised activities for children and childcare bubbles permitted
  • places of worship open but people should not mix with anyone not in the household or bubble
  • 15 guests are allowed at weddings and 30 mourners at funerals. No wedding receptions are allowed
  • exercise classes and organised sport can take place outdoors but avoid higher-risk contact activity. None indoors unless it is with a household or bubble. Organised sport for elite athletes, under 18s and people with disabilities can continue
  • events should not take place, although drive in events are permitted

Read more about the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis added:

“I am disappointed that Derbyshire remains in Tier 3.

“I and my fellow leaders in Derbyshire call upon the government to provide more financial support and help to our hospitality sectors.

“Whilst we recognise that some welcome support is in place it falls well short of what is required to ensure that sufficient numbers of these businesses can survive this important period of the year and this pandemic.”

Anyone who develops symptoms - a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a change to their taste or smell - should self-isolate for 10 days immediately and book a test. Everyone in their household should also isolate for 10 days.

They should not leave home while they wait for results or if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Find out more information about coronavirus, how and when to get a test and how to access support.