The Government has announced that Bedfordshire will be going into the Tier Three – Very High Alert Level from 00:01 on Saturday 19 December 2020.
Earlier this week London and parts of Hertfordshire and Essex were placed in Tier 3. The data (see below) from Public Health England (PHE) showed that both Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire had a similar number of cases in December as Three Rivers in Hertfordshire.
Within Tier Three – Very High Alert there are a number of restrictions that local businesses and the public are required to follow, including:
- You must not meet socially indoors or in private gardens with anybody that you do not live or have a support bubble with
- All hospitality venues must close, with the exception of takeaway, drive-through or delivery
- Everyone who can work from home should do so
- Gyms and sports facilities can remain open for individual exercise and exercise in single households or support bubbles, but indoor group activities and exercise classes are not permitted
- Indoor entertainment venues must close including indoor play, cinemas and museums
When asked yesterday (16 December 2020) about the increase in cases in Central Bedfordshire, a spokesperson said:
“Should a decision be taken to move our area into Tier Three we will do all we can to help local people to understand what this means and will be working with local businesses who may be affected.”
Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson said:
“The rise in cases we have seen locally since the end of lockdown is deeply worrying. We have to be clear, we have not been pulled into Tier Three by any surrounding authorities- Bedford Borough has seen a steep rise in cases and as a community we have to get a handle on it.
“These restrictions have been put in place to bring down our local infection rate, and keep people as safe as possible in the run up to Christmas.
“So please, stay at home as much as possible, minimise the amount of people that you see, and keep following the ‘hands, space, face’ advice. We need every single person to play their part, help protect the NHS, and save lives.”
The latest PHE figures show that the total number of cases during December in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire is likely to be higher than last month.
You can read the full details of the current restrictions for Tier 3 on the government website.