Tandridge district to move to Tier 2 (High)

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From Wednesday 2 December the Tandridge district will move from the current national restrictions into Tier 2 (High) of the government’s three tier system for England.

Under the Local Covid Alert Level system, Tier 2 is for areas with a higher rate of infections and means some additional restrictions will be necessary to slow the spread of the virus. This aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing mixing between households or support bubbles indoors. The rule of six will apply in outdoor spaces, including private gardens.

Find out more about the measures that apply in high alert level areas to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Tier 2 (High) restrictions mean:

  • You can’t socialise with people you don’t live with, or who aren’t in your support bubble, in any indoor setting.
  • The rule of six still applies outdoors, including private gardens, beaches or parks.
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those required to close by law.
  • Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants.
  • Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, last orders must be taken by 10pm and they must close between 11pm and 5am.
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off their premises can continue to do so after 11pm, as long as this is through a delivery service, click and collect or drive-thru.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead, with restrictions on the number of attendees.
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors and will only be permitted indoors if it’s possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.
  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should reduce the number of other journeys you make where possible.
  • 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.

This is in addition to national restrictions already in place, which include:

  • Wearing face coverings in places you’re required to.
  • Observing social distancing.
  • Working from home when possible. If you can’t work from home you should walk or cycle if you can, avoiding using public transport at busy times.

Find out more about the measures that apply in high alert level areas to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Information on the local Covid alert levels, Medium, High and Very High, including what they mean in terms of what you can and can't do, is also available

 

All of Surrey will be in Tier 2, the high Covid alert level. Tandridge is one of the districts in Surrey with close links to London, which will also be in Tier 2, given the number of our residents commuting into London. 

The decision to escalate an area to high or very high alert is based on a number of indicators, not just the rate per hundred thousand. The indicators include: 

  • Case detection rates in all age groups.
  • Case detection rates in the over 60s.
  • The rate at which cases are rising or falling.
  • Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken).
  • Pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy.

Government advice is the Tandridge district should move into the high category from 2 December. This information will be updated on the NHS app at that time.

If you have any of the following health conditions, you may be clinically vulnerable, meaning you could be at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19:

  • Pregnant.
  • Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions).
  • Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
    • Chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis.
    • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure.
    • Chronic kidney disease.
    • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis.
    • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy.
    • Diabetes.
    • A weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets).
    • Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above).

There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 – people with specific serious health conditions. At each local Covid alert level, there is additional advice that clinically extremely vulnerable people must follow.

If you are clinically vulnerable you:

  • Can go outside as much as you like, but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low.
  • Can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, while keeping two metres away from others wherever possible or one metre plus other precautions.
  • Should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace.

Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those required to remain closed by law. If you can, you should work from home.

You can continue to travel to places that are open, for work or to access education, but should reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

If you are required to travel into an area at a different local Covid alert level (for example to go to work or school), you should follow the guidance for whichever area has the higher alert level.

For example:

  • If you live in a medium alert area, but work in a high alert area, follow the work advice for the high Covid alert level.
  • If you live in a high alert area, but work in a medium alert area, continue to follow the advice for high alert areas.

See the full guidance on high alert restrictions for further details.

Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those required to remain closed by law.

Pubs and restaurants will stay open, but when visiting these venues, you must not mix indoors with anyone you do not live with (unless you have formed a support bubble). Outdoors, you can meet in groups of up to six people.

This includes in:

  • Pubs and restaurants.
  • Shops.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues.
  • Places of worship.

At least one person in your group should give their contact details to the venue or check in using the official NHS Covid-19 app so NHS Test and Trace can contact you if needed.

See the full guidance on high alert restrictions for further details. 

Yes. 

Venues following Covid-secure guidance can host more people in total, but no one must mix indoors with anyone they don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) unless exemptions apply. Outdoors, you can meet in groups of up to six people.

This includes in:

  • Pubs and restaurants.
  • Shops.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues.
  • Places of worship.

At least one person in a group should give their contact details to the venue or check in using the official NHS Covid-19 app so NHS Test and Trace can contact you if needed.

This is at the discretion of businesses, but there is no expectation for them to question customers in this way. 

Yes, people are still allowed in other households for work. The guidance mentions an example of a tradesperson going into a household. For additional guidance on working safely please see the guidance on working in other people's homes and the full guidance on high alert restrictions.

These facilities will remain open in high alert. Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.

Further sports guidance is available:

You can still go on holiday and travel within high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation, but you should only do this with people in your household or support bubble.

When travelling, you must respect the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and do not travel to different parts of the UK where your intended activities there would be prohibited by legislation passed by the relevant devolved administration. You should also avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to higher local Covid alert levels. 

See the full guidance on high alert restrictions for further details. 

Schools, universities and places of worship are required to be Covid-secure, so will remain open. Social distancing guidance should still be followed when visiting these places.

You can move home and travel to go to university, but there are some stricter rules in place for areas in high alert level areas:

  • You must not move backward and forward between your permanent home and term time address during term time – subject to limited exemptions set out in law.
  • Students living at their university term time address in a high alert level area should follow the same guidance on meeting other people and travel as others in that area.

See the full guidance on high alert restrictions for further details.

The government has set out specific rules for forming extended bubbles over Christmas.

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • You can form an exclusive‘Christmas bubble’ with people from no more than three households.
  • You can only be in one Christmas bubble.
  • You cannot change your Christmas bubble.
  • You can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble.
  • You can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces.
  • You can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying.
  • You cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble.

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

More information on Christmas travel.

You can still travel within high alert level areas to hotels and other guest accommodation, but you should only do this with people in your household or support bubble.

You can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble.

When travelling, it is important that you respect the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and do not travel to different parts of the UK where their intended activities there would be prohibited by legislation passed by the relevant devolved administration. You should also avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to higher local COVID alert levels. 

See the full guidance on high alert restrictions for further details.