Transition from national restrictions to Local Covid Alert Level Very High (Tier 3)

Council News
13:32, Thursday, 26th November 2020

The national restrictions implemented to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 will end next week and North Lincolnshire will, on 2 December, move into Local Covid Alert Level Very High (Tier 3).

 Under Tier 3 restrictions:

  • People should work from home if possible
  • People should avoid travelling outside the area, other than for work or education
  • People should reduce the number of journeys where possible and avoid car sharing
  • People should not be mixing households other than with support bubbles
  • Separate households can meet outside but the Rule of Six applies.

Hospitality services (pubs, restaurants and bars) will remain closed, with the exception of sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery. Retail, leisure and gyms will re-open, as well as personal care, such as barbers and hairdressers.

For guidance on what Tier 3 means for residents in North Lincolnshire, and to read responses to frequently asked questions, visit our website.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We are beginning to see the impact of the national restrictions upon the rate of infection across North Lincolnshire – clearly people from across the region have taken the advice and stuck to the rules, despite the significant burden that has placed upon their day to day lives.

“Despite these significant efforts we have not dropped sufficiently to see us avoid Tier 3. While that is certainly disappointing, and will mean the impact of certain restrictions will be felt by many businesses across the area, we are heading in the right direction.

“Suppressing the spread of Covid-19 and protecting the most vulnerable people is being balanced with minimising the impact upon the economy and protecting jobs.

“With a two week review period built in to the tiering system, if everyone keeps up the effort now, sticks to the preventative measures, looks out for their friends, family and neighbours then they help us and public health officials make the argument for dropping tier levels much easier going forward.”

Jilla Burgess Allen, senior consultant in public health, said:

“Tier 3 is not where we wanted to be however the rate of infection across North Lincolnshire is still far too high and these restrictive measures are realistically what we need locally to make sure we reduce the spread further.

“By working hard to suppress the spread we can protect ourselves, our families and importantly the most vulnerable people in our community.

“While we are finding new and more effective ways of managing the virus to allow life to begin to return closer to normal, there is still that balance to be struck between protecting people from the virus, protecting jobs and the economy, and protecting people’s wider wellbeing.

“It’s worth remembering the basics remain the same and will have the biggest impact – ‘hands, face, space’ and self-isolation are vital.

“The rate is falling, even if just marginally at this point, and I would urge people to stick to the preventative measures and help move through the tier levels so those restrictions can be lifted.”