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Leaders urge Prime Minister: 'Tier 2 for Derbyshire'

Published: 26 November 2020

An urgent letter has been sent to 10 Downing Street by the Leader of Derbyshire County Council and signed by all the county’s district and borough council leaders urging the Prime Minister to put Derbyshire into tier 2 ‘high alert’ under the government’s COVID-19 alert system.

It is not currently known which tier the government will decide on for Derbyshire from 2 December 2020 when the current national lockdown ends.

But ahead of an announcement due in Parliament today (Thursday 26 November 2020) about designated tiers for each area of the country, local leaders have raised concerns about the effect on the Derbyshire economy – which relies heavily on hospitality and tourism industry – if it is placed in tier 3 or ‘very high’ alert.

In the letter emailed yesterday, Councillor Barry Lewis asks the Prime Minister to:

“put the hospitality and tourism businesses in our county, which have suffered so very much since this global pandemic arriving on our shores, at the core of your thinking alongside the public health considerations regarding where we are placed in the new tiering arrangements.”

Of the letter, Councillor Lewis said:

“Where we are placed in the new tiering arrangements will be critical for our businesses and we’ve asked the Prime Minister to consider the impacts the highest tier placing will have on them and consider placing the county into the lowest tier possible.

“Based on the current rate of spread of the virus in Derbyshire, we believe this to be tier 2 or ‘high alert’.”