Covid-19: Birmingham placed in toughest tier after lockdown

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The government announced Birmingham will be placed in tier 3 when the national lockdown ends on December 2 – this is the highest alert level of local restrictions.

As of the 25 November, 18,213 people where tested positive for Covid-19 in Birmingham. There are three levels of alert in the three-tier system; medium (Tier 1), high (Tier 2) and very high (Tier 3).

Here are the restrictions in areas placed in Tier 3:

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility. This is called the ‘Rule of 6’.
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through and delivery services.

Following the news that Birmingham will be in Tier 3, Councillor Ian Ward has made it clear that his key focus is keeping the city safe.

Ian Ward via Gov.uk

“As has been the case throughout this devastating pandemic, our key focus has to be protecting the people and communities of Birmingham from the risks posed by Covid-19. Birmingham and the West Midlands will only get out of these tough measures if we all continue to follow the rules and we must all continue to play our part to keep our families, friends and neighbours safe.”

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council

Lockdown restrictions relaxed during Christmas period

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new Christmas restrictions, where three households can mix from 23 to 27 December in the UK.

Birmingham City – Pixabay

Households must form what is called a ‘Christmas Bubble’, with people from no more than three households. You can only be in one bubble and this cannot be changed.

You will only be permitted to meet your Christmas bubble in private homes, gardens, outdoor spaces and places of worship.

There is an exemption to that if you are already in a bubble – you can mix with two other households.

For further information and to find out what tier your area is in visit the government website.

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