Surrey move into tier 3 from Saturday 19th December
Surrey move into tier 3 from Saturday 19th December, the Heath Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.
Due to rapidly rising rates of Coronavirus across most of Surrey, the Government has taken the decision to implement tier 3 restrictions in all other Districts and Boroughs. Waverley Borough, which has the county’s lowest infection rate, is the single to remain in tier 2.
The Very High alert level is for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are required. The decision to move an area into a higher tier is based on a number of indicators, including the overall infection rate, the rate in the over 60s, and the pressure on the NHS.
This means that, with the exception of Waverley, if you live in Surrey:
- You can only mix households (in groups of up to 6) in outdoor spaces, such as parks and the countryside, not in private gardens
- All hospitality venues such as bars, pubs and cafés must shut. They can open for takeaway only
- Indoor entertainment venues, such as theatres and cinemas, must close
- Accommodation, such as hotels and B&Bs, must close
This is in addition to existing guidelines that state you must not mix with anyone you don’t live with (or who aren’t in your support bubble) in any indoor setting.
The Heath Secretary announced the new coronavirus tiers for every area of England on Thursday (December 17) in the House of Commons and said that 10 of Surrey’s 11 districts and boroughs will enter the toughest restrictions from 12.01am on Saturday (December 19).
According to the latest data, released on Tuesday (December 15), infection rates are rising in every Surrey area apart from Runnymede.
Tim Oliver, leader of Surrey County Council, said after the announcement: “The Government has taken the decision to put most of the county under further restrictions because of their much higher rates of infection.
“I know this will be very disappointing news for residents and businesses in our Tier 3 areas, after an exceptionally difficult year.
“But we need to take swift action to save lives and stop our crucial NHS services from being put under even more pressure. We all need to be extremely vigilant, including residents in Waverley, as the situation can change quickly and we want to prevent them going into Tier 3 in the new year.”
Everyone in Surrey should continue to follow guidance on wearing face coverings, social distancing, and working from home when possible. If you can’t work from home you should walk or cycle where possible, or try to avoid busy times on public transport.