Although cases are rising across Derbyshire, cases in the Glossopdale area remain among the highest in the county with 99 people testing positive between 4 and 10 October compared to 76 the previous week.
Infection rates in the area now stand at 294 per 100,000 – more than twice the average Derbyshire rate.
Speaking in the Commons today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that parts of the High Peak will be put into Tier 2 of the Government’s new Covid alert system – and will be placed on ‘high’ alert from Wednesday.
As well as following the continued guidance to wash hands, stay apart and wear a face covering it means:
- you shouldn't mix indoors with anyone who isn't in your household or support bubble – whether at home, someone else’s home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality venues, leisure venues or shops.
- outdoors people should stick to the Rule of Six, including children.
- if going on holiday, this should only be with the people they live with or that are in their support bubble
- family and friends can provide informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble. The bubble is limited to two households only so that informal childcare is provided by the same carers each time
- only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances
- 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
Read the restrictions in full.
Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace, who is leading the county’s response to the outbreak, urged people to follow the tighter ‘lockdown’ rules:
“We all have a duty to do everything it takes to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus.
“The steep rise in the numbers of cases is deeply concerning, although not surprising given the close proximity to areas which have been under extra restrictions for a while, so it’s more important than ever that we all work together to beat this.
“I’m really proud of the way Derbyshire communities have supported each other through this epidemic but this isn’t over – we simply can’t afford to take our eye off the ball.
“I realise that these extra restrictions on our lives will be frustrating but they are also necessary as we’re seeing a lot of community transmission in that area.
“I cannot emphasise enough that from Wednesday people from different households should not be mixing indoors, unless it is with people who are in their ‘bubble’ and they should stick to the ‘Rule of 6’ when outside.
“I know it’s difficult but I’m asking everyone to summon their famous Derbyshire spirit and play their part to keep themselves, their family, friends and colleagues safe”
The extra restrictions will be reviewed after four weeks.
Once details of the areas affected are confirmed by Government, residents will be able to check if they live in an area with extra restrictions using a new online post-code checker available on our website.
They will also be able to see at a glance what restrictions are in place for their area based on the Government’s new alert system.
Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis added:
“I welcome the announcement from the Prime Minister that there will be extra support for businesses affected by tougher restrictions.
“We are at a tipping point. With winter approaching it is vital that we get the spread of this virus under control so that we can protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.
“So my message to everyone is: ‘Let’s do this for Derbyshire’.”
Find more general information about coronavirus including how and when to get a test, when to self-isolate, how to access support and the numbers of cases in Derbyshire.