East of England, including Suffolk and Norfolk, have been placed under Tier 2 (High Alert) following the Government regional tier announcement today, Thursday 26th November. These new rules will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 2nd December 2020.
Decisions on which area goes into which tier are primarily based on 5 key epidemiological indicators:
1. Case detection rates in all age groups
2. Case detection rates in the over-60s
3. The rate at which cases are rising or falling
4. Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
5. Pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy
For the full list of local restriction tiers by area, use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/…/full-list-of-local-restriction-tiers-b…
In Tier 2:
> You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
>You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
>Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants.
>Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
-Provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
-Close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
-Stop taking orders after 10pm
>Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls.
>Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to 50% capacity, or either 2,00 people outdoors or 1,00 people indoors.
> Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
>Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
>If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
For the full list of rules and restrictions, use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#high-alert