SOMERSET is moving into Tier 4 of coronavirus restrictions from midnight tonight (Wednesday 30), the health secretary has said.
Tier four rules – the toughest level for restrictions – include a ‘stay at home’ order, and mean businesses such as hairdressers and gyms must close.
Matt Hancock announced the change as part of a number of altered tiers for areas in England.
Infection rates in lower-tier areas of England have risen rapidly in the last seven days according to Government data.
What are the restrictions in tier four?
The restrictions are similar to last national lockdown and include:
- Residents should stay at home, unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ such as work or education
- All non-essential shops must close
- Hairdressers and nail bars must close
- Indoor entertainment venues must close
- Gyms and indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts and dance studios must close
- You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble
- People should not leave tier four areas or travel abroad, except for limited reasons (including work and education)
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are only allowed in exceptional circumstances
Clinically extremely vulnerable people in tier four areas are advised to stay at home ‘as much as possible’. The government says if they can’t work from home, they shouldn’t go to work.
What can you do in tier four?
Activities still allowed include:
- Meeting one other person from another household in an open public space, if you are both alone
- Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
- Outdoor pools, playgrounds, sports courts, golf courses and horse riding centres can open
- You can leave home for work, education, training, childcare and for medical appointments and emergencies
- Communal religious worship
- Support bubbles are still allowed and children can move between separated parents