North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire are two of sixteen more areas in England set to be placed into Tier 2 (High) lockdown measures from Saturday 31st October 2020.
It means nearly all of Lincolnshire’s neighbouring counties are in a higher tier, after Tier 3 restrictions were confirmed in Nottinghamshire earlier this week.
As part of the agreement with Government, Northern Lincolnshire will receive an additional £1m in financial support.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We continue to see a worrying rise in cases right across the country, and it is clear decisive action is needed. We have agreed with local leaders to move more areas into the High Local Covid Alert Level this week.
“These restrictions are challenging for us all, but it is only by working together and following the rules that we will bring down the rates of infection. A failure to act now will only lead to longer disruption and greater economic damage. I want to thank everyone who is playing their part to break the chains of transmission across the country.”
From 00:01 Saturday 31 October, restrictions in North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire will include:
- You must not meet up with family or friends in any indoor setting (including homes, venues, pubs and restaurants), unless you’ve formed a support bubble with them
- You cannot stay overnight in another person’s home, unless you’ve formed a bubble with them
- You can meet friends and family who you don’t live with outdoors, for example, in a private garden, parks and open spaces, but you must keep 2m apart. Where you do meet up, there must be no more than six people together.
- You can continue to travel for work purposes and to venues, but you should reduce the number of journeys where possible.
- You should work from home if this is possible.
- Weddings and Funerals: up to 15 guests are allowed at weddings, up to 30 guests for funerals.
- Education settings, shopping, retail, leisure and gyms remain open.
- Hospitality services remain open, with the 10pm closing time and table service only.
- Residential care homes are closed to external visitors other than in exceptional circumstances.
- Organised sport is allowed in outdoor settings. Indoor sport must follow social contact rules.
- Places of worship remain open.
- Childcare: registered and wraparound childcare, including supervised activities in private homes and children’s groups are permitted.
The measures will be reviewed after two weeks.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Whilst infection rates in North Lincolnshire remains 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 move up a tier in the Local Covid Alert Levels.
“I would urge everyone in North Lincolnshire to follow the guidance in order to protection 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.”
Cllr Philip Jackson, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council said: “I’d like to thank the Government for working with us offer support to our local communities and businesses.
“We know that this is a difficult time, especially for the most vulnerable. In our dialogue with Government, we stressed the importance of being able to develop innovative ways of maintaining safe visiting arrangements for care homes in particular, and we hope to have some news on that issue soon.
“Like other areas of England, we also pressed home the importance for the Government to be clear on effective de-escalation processes for authorities lifted into higher tiers, with built in and regular review arrangements.
“We are grateful for the financial support provided by the Government. Coupled with the latest business support package announced by the Chancellor, Government has acknowledged our request for prompt access to these funds so we can provide that all important support to our local businesses.
“This is a challenging situation, and will understandably cause concern, but I would urge everyone in the borough to stay strong and keep going during the difficult weeks and months ahead.
“Our new Tier 2 classification is a reflection of the change in infection rate across our authority area. COVID-19 isn’t going away just yet, but there’s lots you can do to help reduce the spread.”