The Government has issued more information about the new local COVID alert levels which come into force on Wednesday 14 October.
It’s confirmed at this point that Lancashire including Blackburn with Darwen will be within the ‘Local COVID alert level: high’ tier https://www.gov.uk/guidance/full-list-of-local-covid-alert-levels-by-area
This means that on top of restrictions in alert level medium (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know ):
- You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or 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 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
- Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
- Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am (licensed premises)
- Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
- Businesses must ensure that they operate in a COVID-secure manner,
- Certain businesses and venues are required to collect customer, visitor, and staff data to support NHS Test and Trace
- Face coverings must be worn by retail, leisure and hospitality staff working in areas that are open to the public and where they’re likely to come into contact with a member of the public.
- Businesses must ensure that if their workers are required to self-isolate, they do not work outside their designated place of self-isolation
- Businesses and venues must ensure people do not meet in their premises with people from outside of their household or support bubble
- Businesses and venues that fail to comply with these restrictions may face fines of up to £10,000, prosecution, or in some cases closure.
- 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. 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. Where it is likely that groups will mix, these activities must not go ahead.
- You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
- More details are available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high
You can find Covid Alert level posters here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-covid-alert-level-posters and I’m attaching a social media post which summarises the High Risk restrictions which we will be sharing.