Wiltshire to move into Tier 3 due to rising Covid cases

Wiltshire has been moved to Tier 3 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases.

The announcement was made today (December 30) by Health Secretary Matt Hancock during the latest tier review.

It comes after Salisbury District Hospital suspended the majority of visits due to the continued rise in cases, which have now surpassed the first peak of the pandemic back in April.

Read more: 5 key factors which tier decisions are based on

The new restrictions, which come into force from one minute past midnight tomorrow (December 31), allow non-essential retail to remain open but pubs and restaurants will have to operate a takeaway service only.

Salisbury Journal:

Here’s a reminder of Tier 3 rules

  • No mixing of households indoors, or most outdoor places, apart from support bubbles. Maximum of six in some outdoor public spaces (e.g. parks, public gardens)
  • Hospitality is closed, with the exception of sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery
  • Retail businesses are open
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so
  • Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities are open. Childcare, other supervised activities for children, and childcare bubbles permitted
  • Indoor leisure remains are open. Group activities and classes should not take place
  • Accommodation is closed (with limited exceptions)
  • Personal care businesses such as hairdressers and beauty salons are open
  • Avoid overnight stays other than with household or support bubble
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead. 15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships and wakes; 30 for funerals. Wedding receptions are not permitted
  • Entertainment indoor venues are closed
  • Places of worship remain open, but you can’t interact with anyone outside household or support bubble
  • Avoid travelling outside your area, other than where necessary such as for work or education. Reduce the number of journeys where possible. Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Avoid car sharing with those outside of your household or support bubble.
  • Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but people should avoid higher-risk contact activity. Group exercise activities and sports indoors should not take place, unless with your household or bubble. Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue.
  • Residential care Covid-secure arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Outdoor/airtight visits only (rollout of rapid testing will enable indoor visits including contact).
  • Large events should not take place. Drive-in events permitted

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