After close discussions with Government and Public Health, North Lincolnshire will move from local COVID alert level medium to local COVID alert level high from 00.01 on Saturday 31 October.
This means further restrictions will be put in place to prevent the spread of the virus:
- People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
- People must not meet in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other space
- People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible; if they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
For further information visit the Coronavirus: Tier 2 questions and answers page on our website or the Local COVID alert: high page on the Government website.
These measures will be reviewed every 14 days to consider whether they are still appropriate.
As part of the agreement with Government, Northern Lincolnshire will receive an additional £1m in financial support. This is on top of the business support package announced by the Chancellor last week for businesses in tier two areas.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Whilst infection rates in North Lincolnshire remain lower than in many parts of the country, we have still experienced a rising number of positive cases in most recent weeks particularly among those aged over 59. These are among the groups most at risk.
“It is this, the very real risk to our older residents, our mums, our dads, our grandmothers and grandfathers, which has caused most concern and led us to be moved up a tier in the Local Covid Alert Levels.
“I would urge everyone in North Lincolnshire to follow the guidance in order to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities and not only avoid tougher measures being introduced but go back to Medium.
“I understand this requires sacrifices, especially families not being allowed to meet socially indoors, but if we all play our part we can reduce the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and return North Lincolnshire to the lowest alert level.
“Now would be a good time to download and complete the council’s Personal Covid-Secure Plan designed to help people put in place measures to stop the spread of the virus.
“There will be some impact upon people’s lives and upon a number of businesses but we have secured access to immediate Government monies to help those businesses navigate these uncertain times.”
North and North East Lincolnshire Councils are moving into Tier 2 at the same time as East Riding and Hull Councils.