Posted: 26.11.20 at 12:17 by The Editor
WILTSHIRE Council leader Cllr Philip Whitehead said he was disappointed but 'not surprised' that the region has been put into Tier Two of Covid-19 restrictions, announced the morning by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The restrictions, which will include Trowbridge, will be reviewed on December 16 but will mean that:
* People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
* People must also not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including in a garden or public space.
* Businesses and venues can remain open in a COVID secure manner, other than those which are closed by law.
* Pubs and bars must close, unless they are 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, they need to close between 11pm and 5am with some exemptions, and stop taking orders after 10pm
* Education settings remain open
* Council services such as leisure centres and libraries will be able to open their doors to the public again. Leisure centres are due to open on 3 December and a date for libraries to reopen will be confirmed in due course.
* Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
* Outdoor street markets will be able to sell full range of items, not just food
* Places of worship remain open, but people must not attend or socialise in groups of more than six people while there, unless there's a legal exemption.
Cllr Whitehead said: “It is disappointing, but not surprising, that we find ourselves in a higher Tier than before. We have been planning for such an eventuality and we want to reassure residents and businesses that we are here to help them get through this.
"COVID-19 is still very prevalent and will be here for some time to come, so I advise everyone to keep social distancing, have good hand hygiene, wear a mask and self-isolate when required to do so. If we maintain that behaviour and everyone plays their part, then there's no reason why we can't move to the lowest Tier and then eventually get to the other side of this.”
There is a public update from Wiltshire Council on the restrictions on December 8 involving Cllr Whitehead, director of public health Mrs Kate Blackburn and council chief executive Mr Terence Herbert.
Full details on how to submit a question and attend the online update are on the Wiltshire Council website.